Sunday, March 17, 2013

Kind Youtube of the Moment

Allman Bros & Nels Cline, Smokestack Lightning

A year ago Nels Cline joined the Allman Bros for the first time during their annual Beacon Theater run in NYC. For that inaugural pairing, he sat in on Dreams and Spanish Key according to setlists, although there is a Youtube out there of him playing the ending of Mtn. Jam, so who knows. Whatever the case, he did join them again last night for a cover of Howlin' Wolf's Smokestack Lightning. The song suits Cline's jagged guitar style well. Unfortunately, the cover is kind of brought down by Col. Bruce Hampton's improvisation of the lyrics. Wish Greg or Warren would've handled the vocals. But while things never quite reach their dizzying potential, it's worth a listen.

Here's part of the Mtn. Jam from a year ago:

Nels has been known to play Duane Allman's gold top Les Paul occasionally during Wilco concerts, so he's obviously a fan.