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The 7th Annual Jammy Awards

May 9, 2008

The Winners

Live Album of the Year: Umphrey’s McGee, Live at the Murat
New Groove of the Year: Cornmeal
DVD of the Year: the Disco Biscuits, Progressions
Download of the Year: Phish, “Headphones Jam”
Mimi Fishman Award: Rock the Earth
Song of the Year: Keller Williams, “Cadillac”
Tour of the Year: the Disco Biscuits/Umphrey’s McGee, D.U.M.B.
Grahmmy Jammy: Lee Crumpton, Homegrown Music Network
Archival Release of the Year: The Grateful Dead, Three From The Vault
Studio Album of the Year: moe., The Conch
Live Performance of the Year: Gov’t Mule and Guests, Bonnaroo
Lifetime Achievement Award: Phish

Although hopes were high that with the Phish fellas in the house we might get a reunion, it didn’t happen. Although Phish didn’t play any music, they did give emotional speeches upon receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award.

While there was no Phish, there was plenty of other great music and interesting collaborations. Highlights included co-hosts Warren Haynes and Grace Potter along with keyboardist Booker T. Jones, bass player Will Lee and Sir Joe Russo on drums performing classic hits like CSNY’s “Find the Cost of Freedom,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman,” and Al Green’s “Take Me to the River.”

Rose Hill Drive jammed with Mountain guitarist Leslie West and Potter on “I’m Going Down” and “Mississippi Queen.”

Keller Williams performed his Jammy nominated song “Cadillac” before being joined by Chevy Chase, who at one time, way back when, played drums with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker before they formed Steely Dan. Chase played piano with Williams on a unique version of “(You Made Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and a medley of “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Take the Money and Run.”

Page McConnell led a jazz outfit that included bassist Christian McBride, drummer Roy Haynes, saxophonist James Carter and trumpeter Nicholas Payton through a couple of his own Phish compositions including “Magilla” and “Cars Trucks Buses.”

The Beatles tribute act the Fab Faux performed with Joan Osborne on “Come Together,” and Trey Anastasio joined the fray for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Trey remained onstage for the rest of the Fab Faux’s set, which included a “Bungalow Bill” tease and “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.”

And while Phish didn’t play any of their songs, some phans did. Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein and guitarist Jon Gutwillig, along with The String Cheese Incident’s keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth, Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Jake Cinninger and The Duo’s Joe Russo performed a series of Phish covers under the name the HeadCount All Stars. They jammed on “Wilson,” “Run Like An Antelope,” “2001,” and finally “Maze,” which also featured Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aron Magner. MUSIC BINDS US ALL.

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