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Top 10 Covers of Mountain Jam 2013

Dino Perrucci / Mountain Jam Festival

At Mountain Jam, there’s typically no shortage of creativity and original material, from the artists to the spectators. But isn’t it fun when some of our favorite artists play music from some of our OTHER favorite artists?

Here’s a list of our 10 favorite cover performances from Mountain Jam 2013. Do you agree? What were some of your favorites? Tell us in the comments section below!


The Lumineers – “This Must Be The Place” (Talking Heads)



Making their debut Mountain Jam appearance, The Lumineers took a break from their Grammy-nominated original material to tip their hat to Talking Heads with this version of “This Must Be The Place”.



Gov’t Mule – “1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) > No Quarter > 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)” (Jimi Hendrix Experience / Led Zeppelin)



Gov’t Mule wrapped set #2 with this rendition of Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)” into Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter”, then back!



Amy Helm – “Long Black Veil” (Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin)



Playing to an audience who, in 2010, celebrated the 70th birthday of her father Levon, Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers launched into “Long Black Veil,” a country ballad originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell and famously covered by The Band, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and many more. Amy performed with help from Marco Benevento, Mike & Ruthy, and Connor Kennedy.



Phil Lesh & Friends – “Shakedown Street / Low Spark / Crazy Fingers / Low Spark” (Grateful Dead / Traffic)



Kicking off set #2 of Phil Lesh & Friends is this whopping 37+min masterpiece transitioning from classic Grateful Dead to classic Traffic, and then back, and then forth. Please enjoy this “Shakedown Street / The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys / Crazy Fingers / The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys”.



Gov’t Mule – “I’d Rather Go Blind” (Etta James)



Early in set #2, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes traded verses with Alecia Chakour on an Etta James classic, “I’d Rather Go Blind”. Mule also invited Soulive’s Neal Evans, The Shady Horns, and Bill Evans to get in on the slow jam.



The Lumineers – “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (Bob Dylan)



“There’s a lotta words in this song,” warns The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz to Mountain Jam’s American Sign Language Interpreter before diving into this cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”.



Deer Tick – “Breed” (Nirvana)



Over 19 years after Kurt Cobain left this earth, Deer Tick busted out this cover of “Breed” from Nirvana’s sophomore release Nevermind.



Widespread Panic – “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” (Traffic)



The first of a few instances of this Traffic cover, Widespread surprised fans taking in WSP’s first Mountain Jam appearance with this cover of “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys”.



Phil Lesh & Friends – “Sunshine of Your Love / Loose Lucy” (Cream / Grateful Dead)



With Warren Haynes dropping the unmistakeable intro lick and taking lead vocals, Phil Lesh & Friends provided their version of Cream’s 1967 hit, “Sunshine of Your Love” before seamlessly transitioning into the 1974 Grateful Dead tune, “Loose Lucy”.



Gov’t Mule – “Opium” (moe.)



Mid-way through set #1 of Gov’t Mule’s 2013 Mountain Jam performance, the band nodded its head to fellow jammers moe., with a cover of “Opium” featuring some saxophone help from Bill Evans.


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