49 Winchester Closes Out Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2023 Set With Epic Rendition Of “I’ll Fly Away”

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49 Winchester put on a helluva show at this year’s Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

The band actually took the stage two different nights on the Bristol Tennessee/Virginia state line, performing some of their fan-favorite songs and deep cuts alike for thousands of fans attending the festival.

And to close out the whole weekend on Sunday evening, they had a mega set of sorts along with fellow performers in Brent Cobb, Carlene Carter (daughter of June Carter Cash and granddaughter of Maybelle Carter), guitarist Daniel Donato, Jim Lauderdale and more join them on stage for an epic 90-minute finale.

They covered country classics like Bonnie Rait and John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” performed by Kelsey Waldon, Waylon Jennings’ “Waymore’s Blues” (featuring Daniel Donato and Woody Woodworth), as well as a touching salute to the late Jimmy Buffett with Jim Lauderdale singing lead on “Pirate Looks at 40.”

And for the very last songs, they had all of their friends join them on stage to sing two of the very first country standards in “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” which was of course made famous by the Carter Family, in addition to the gospel classic “I’ll Fly Away.”

It just hits different hearing it in Bristol, or as you’ll often hear it referred to as “The Birthplace of Country Music,” and I’m sure was even better to witness live in-person.

You can check out their killer rendition of “I’ll Fly Away” here:

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49 Winchester is also gearing up to head overseas and open up for superstar Luke Combs on his massive world tour here very soon, and you can check out their headlining fall tour dates below.

49 Winchester Fall 2023 tour dates:

11/16/23 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
11/17/23 Knoxville, TN The Mill & Mine
11/18/23 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
11/30/23 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
12/01/23 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
12/02/23 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
12/07/23 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
12/08/23 Charlotte, NC – The Neighborhood Theatre
12/09/23 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

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