49 Winchesterput 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: