Allman Brothers Band/Gov’t Mule guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes formally relaunched his Evil Teen Records label last night (March 28) with a show featuring short sets from both of his bands, as well as appearances from friends like Edwin McCain, Kevn Kinney and Susan Tedeschi.
The show publicly kicked off Evil Teen’s resurrection via a new distribution deal with RED. Through that deal, the label, which Haynes runs with his wife, Stefani Scamardo, is issuing a string of live recordings from Haynes’ annual Christmas Jam benefits in Asheville, N.C.
Last night’s show featured many of the artists captured on the first album release through that deal, “The Benefit Concert, Volume 2,” a two-disc live recording of the 2000 Christmas Jam. The shows have raised more than $600,000 for Habitat for Humanity in Asheville.
In addition to the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule, the Derek Trucks Band, former Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed, Kinney, McCain, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, Col. Bruce Hampton and Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno were among the guests at Irving Plaza.
On a night off from their annual residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Haynes’ Allman Brothers bandmates played “Come and Go Blues” and “Jessica.” Earlier, Gregg Allman joined Haynes center stage for a pair of acoustic duets, including the recent Allmans ballad “Old Before My Time.”
Fellow Allmans guitarist Derek Trucks led his eponymous band through a brief set that found his wife Tedeschi joining in for a version of the Band’s “The Weight.”
Former Drivin ‘N’ Cryin’ frontman Kinney corralled Haynes, McCain and Kaye for his DNC sing-along “Straight to Hell. Earlier, he joined Haynes, McCain and Tedeschi for Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” A recently ailing Hampton made a late-night appearance to lead Haynes and company through the Dead/jam scene staple “Turn on Your Love Light.”