On Sunday night at the ninth installment of Grace Potter’s Burlington, Vermont festival Grand Point North, fans got a special treat when she and her longtime friend Warren Haynes performed a rare duo set. The pair have shared the stage many times before, but almost always accompanied by one of their bands (Gov’t Mule for Haynes, the Nocturnals or her solo band for Potter). Just the two of them together on stage was a rarer treat.
Their set included a number of knockout covers – again, songs they’ve performed with each other’s bands before, but rarely or never just as a duo. They opened with a stunning version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman,” then segued into the first of two CSN(Y) covers: “Find the Cost of Freedom.” The second came a few songs later, with a powerful “Ohio” that they said they hadn’t even rehearsed. The two joked about trying to practice their set over Facetime, but the program would mute one person whenever the other sang (“that’s the only time I’ve been turned off hearing Grace sing,” Haynes quipped).
The set also included Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” Led Zeppelin-via-Anne Breton’s “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” and several Haynes songs, including his perennial “Soulshine.” The pair closed with “I’d Rather Go Blind,” which Potter recently recorded for the Muscle Shoals tribute album Small Town, Big Sound.
Most of the covers have surfaced on YouTube, and in excellent quality too. Watch “Gold Dust Woman,” “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You,” and “I’d Rather Go Blind” in the first video, and “Ohio” in the second.