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John Hammond Jr. in Concert on Mountain Stage - 02/2007

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John Hammond On Mountain Stage

John Hammond On Mountain Stage

John Hammond Jr. in Concert on Mountain Stage - 02/2007

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Set List

  • "Push Comes to Shove"
  • "Come On in This House"
  • "I'm Tore Down"
  • "If You Wanna Rock and Roll"

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Though he often performs solo and acoustic, veteran bluesman John Hammond appears here plugged-in with a full band, performing songs from his most recent studio record Push Comes to Shove. Hammond's bass player (Marty Ballou) was still on a plane in Washington, D.C., when the band took the stage, so Mountain Stage bassist Steve Hill filled in, flanked by Stephen Hodges on drums and Bruce Katz on piano and organ.

Hammond performs a set of fresh pieces here. He combines the new and the classic in "I'm Tore Down," which features a refrain by '40s and '50s bandleader Sonny Thompson with additional lyrics by Push Come to Shove producer G. Love. Hammond tells the story of meeting Dion Dimucci (of late-'50s group Dion and the Belmonts) before covering Dimucci's 2008 song "If You Wanna Rock and Roll."

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