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  posted on 6/27/2018 at 04:09 PM
"High Falls" was such a perfect song for this lineup.

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  posted on 6/27/2018 at 04:30 PM
One of my favorite ABB songs built on great guitar playing.

I will say one of the best live shows I saw the band do this song was the 2000 era with Derek Trucks & Jimmy Herring. Great chemistry with those two.

 

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  posted on 6/29/2018 at 10:21 AM
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One of my favorite ABB songs built on great guitar playing.

I will say one of the best live shows I saw the band do this song was the 2000 era with Derek Trucks & Jimmy Herring. Great chemistry with those two.



High Falls was great with Warren & Woody too.

Especially agree re: Jimmy & Derek. By far the most overlooked and underrated lineup. That was a great tour.

 

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  posted on 6/29/2018 at 12:47 PM
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High Falls was great with Warren & Woody too.


Did Warren/Woody only play that tune during their final Beacon run in '97? Seems like it was right around that time when it came back. Oteil & Jack already had the gig for the summer tour before that Beacon run, so don't know if that factored into Dickey's thinking about dusting it off again.

Warren/Derek played High Falls a few times in that 2001 Beacon run when Warren first returned to the band, but I think only once with just Warren/Derek. The other times included Chuck Leavell sitting in. Don't think they ever played it again after that. Which was a shame. Great tune.

 

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  posted on 6/29/2018 at 01:01 PM
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High Falls was great with Warren & Woody too.


Did Warren/Woody only play that tune during their final Beacon run in '97? Seems like it was right around that time when it came back. Oteil & Jack already had the gig for the summer tour before that Beacon run, so don't know if that factored into Dickey's thinking about dusting it off again.

Warren/Derek played High Falls a few times in that 2001 Beacon run when Warren first returned to the band, but I think only once with just Warren/Derek. The other times included Chuck Leavell sitting in. Don't think they ever played it again after that. Which was a shame. Great tune.


Yes, it sat dormant as far as ABB versions go from 1976 to the 1997 Beacon run. They then played it every single night of the '97 Beacon run but one - latter day ABB-era Dickey was not one for mixing up the setlists. They then played it a ton in '97 and '98 - then not all in '99, then brought it back for the Beacon in 2000. Derek and Jimmy played it in the Summer of 2000 several times, then as you say it got 3 run throughs at the Beacon in '01 - and then was never played again by the ABB.

 

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  posted on 6/29/2018 at 05:05 PM
Yes. One of the best songs done by this lineup.

I didn't know that Oteil & Jack had the gig before the Beacon run. I thought that was done that Spring. I do know that Oteil went from "Gig is yours. Show up and play some with Dickey" to quickly "you don't know enough of our music, you have audition against some other players"......and Oteil still got the gig. I was pretty certain that was that Spring. I could be wrong.....

I'm going to go back & read some old stuff on that.....just because I'm an ABB nerd like that.

 

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  posted on 6/29/2018 at 08:06 PM
Fair point about the distinction between the periods of "the gig is yours" and "no it's not, we need to do auditions". I don't recall for sure at which point this was.

The scuttlebutt in the ARU/Atlanta musician scene, and from sources I deemed to be very reliable, was that Oteil had the gig the winter before that Beacon run. I remember Warren doing a radio interview with Kaedy Kiley (veteran DJ on major classic rock radio station in Atlanta) a few weeks before the Beacon run when Mule was in town playing a run of Southeast shows before the ABB regrouped for the Beacon. This must have been February or very early March. They discussed the Mule shows and a bit about that band, as well as the upcoming ABBeacon shows.

And I vividly remember already knowing that Oteil had the ABB gig while listening to that interview with Warren. Warren spoke in "we" referring to Mule and the Beacon shows, and then when Kaedy Kiley asked about summer touring plans Warren said "the Brothers" were making plans for another major tour of sheds as in years past. He made it sound as if he was clarifying between Mule and ABB, but (in my view) he was just being careful with his words.

Now it could have indeed been that Oteil then lost the job and had to go through auditions subsequent to that point. But that was how I remember listening to that interview with Warren, clear as day. And my recollection was that Oteil already had gone through auditions and had the job.

I shouldn't have spoken about Jack. No clue when he got the gig, and I don't know if it was before or after Oteil. When I typed that earlier post, I guess I was thinking more along the lines that if Oteil had the bass slot at that point then the ABB must have already made decisions on replacements for Warren/Woody and firming up summer '97 plans. A bit presumptuous or premature on my part, perhaps.


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  posted on 6/29/2018 at 09:43 PM
Some may find this hard to believe but at one of the North Carolina sheds in 1996 and a roadie came to where a group of hard core fans were including me and wanted to know if any of us had a copy of Win, Loose or Draw. Nobody did. I have a copy but I never bought it on CD because it's one of a few albums even hardcore fans rarely play. Brothers of the Road is another. Someone ask why. The roadie said someone important requested the band play it tonight and the younger guys aren't familiar with Win, Loose or Draw and a couple of the originals can't remember exactly how it's played on the album including the one who wrote it.

As odd as that is, I was there and remember it clearly. The roadie moved on and apparently never found a copy of the album because they didn't play High Falls. I think Dickey was at a waterfall when the melody for that song came to him.

I can understand Warren and Allen not knowing the song. Warren told me at a club when he was on tour for his first solo album that he lost interest in the band after Brothers and Sisters. That he liked Brothers and Sisters and the first tour with Chuck and Lamar but by the time they got to 1975 Warren said the band wasn't that interesting to him and the original line up is what he loved and found so impressive and that he wore out a copy of Fillmore East when he was young. I think he said the record was his brothers.

But getting the understanding from the roadie that two of the originals including the one who wrote it can't remember how they ended up doing it on the album, to me, was remarkable.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2018 at 02:58 PM
I kid you not. High Falls 7/2/98 is among the top 15 most-played songs on my iTunes library, dating back to whenever I got my first iPod. And before that, the CD compilation "High Falls '98" was as often-played (and duplicated and mailed) as ANY ABB show. Some of you old-timers from the listserv may remember it. Full versions from, I believe, 3-7-98, 7-2-98 and 9-5-98, with Jack's completely different from one night to the next solo sections in between: 3-20-98, 6-23-98 and 6-14-98. Six GREAT songs, 3 in the 3:30 to 6:30 range, 3 in the 17 - 20 minute range. SUCH a great sound.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2018 at 03:21 PM
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Warren told me at a club when he was on tour for his first solo album that he lost interest in the band after Brothers and Sisters. That he liked Brothers and Sisters and the first tour with Chuck and Lamar but by the time they got to 1975 Warren said the band wasn't that interesting to him


Agreed, 100%.

And about "High Falls"...I loved the original cut on WLD because of the fresh take Chuck's piano brought to the bands sound. That being said, subsequent versions (as good as they may be) are to this long time fans ears, endless jamming on a two chord structure.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2018 at 06:37 PM
The Brothers played it 09/21/1997 in Vancouver with Jack, my brother and I flew in for that show , only time I saw them play it live .

 

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  posted on 7/5/2018 at 09:54 AM
This version is terrific

I'm embarrased to say that a kind member of this board who's name now escapes me B&P'd a copy of a High Falls compilation disc that has this on it.

A collectible car I drive from time to time still has a 6 CD changer and this disc is currently in the rotation.

Thank you to whomever you are!

 

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  posted on 7/10/2018 at 11:04 AM
This is a great extended version with a nice guitar mixture from 2012.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCJMIdPrcJ0

 
 


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