Watch Eric Church and Warren Haynes Cover ‘The Weight’ in North Carolina
Eric Church can cross another item off of his bucket list: The singer got a chance to sing a a cover of the Band‘s "The Weight" with one of his musical idols, Warren Haynes. The two, along with Joanna Cotten, performed the song at the inaugural American Roots Festival on Oct. 18 in Raleigh, N.C.
Press play on the video above to watch the performance, during which Church, Haynes and Cotten trade off on the verses, and Haynes performs a slow, jam-like guitar solo.
Both Church and Haynes, who founded the band Gov't Mule and was a longtime guitarist in the Allman Brothers, were both inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 15. Church surprised audience members by attending the ceremony, breaking into the venue and interrupting his mother, who was accepting the award on his behalf.
Church and Cotten, along with Ryan Bingham, previously performed "The Weight" at one of Church's sold-out acoustic shows at Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater over the summer. Church also played the classic tune during Marty Stuart‘s Late Night Jam at the 2015 CMA Music Festival.
Church's next scheduled performance is at the 2015 CMA Awards, where he will open the show with Hank Williams Jr. The two will perform “Are You Ready for the Country,” from Williams' upcoming album on Nash Icon.
“[The song] is the perfect narrative for the night,” says CMA Awards Executive Producer Robert Deaton. “It sets up musically everything that is going to happen for the rest of the show.”
Church is nominated in a total of five CMA Awards categories this year, including Male Vocalist of the Year and the night's highest honor, Entertainer of the Year. The 2015 CMA Awards are scheduled to air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 4 at 8PM ET on ABC.
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