Bloodkin’s 25th Anniversary (with Special Guests), 12/16/11

Bloodkin (with Special Guests)
Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA
December 16, 2011


On a recent Friday at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia, Bloodkin commemorated twenty-five years as a band by performing a tribute to the Rolling Stones, with none other than Rolling Stones’ saxophone player, Bobby Keys.

The show was billed as “Exile on Lumpkin Street”  (Georgia Theatre is located on Lumpkin Street), and it featured twenty Stones tunes from the Exile on Main St. era. Highlights included  “Rocks Off,” “Shake Your Hips,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” and “Rip This Joint.”

As if seeing Bobby Keys play the music of the Rolling Stones with one of Athens’ chillest rock bands was not enough, many local musicians added to the performance. Todd Nance of Widespread Panic laid down the percussion. Jason Alan Fuller, whose band, Snap!, opened earlier this year for Chuck Leavell, supplied his trademark crisp, clean keys. Athens darling, Betsy Franck, added vocals for nearly the entire show, proving she’s got the soulful chops to hang with the big boys. In addition, Colonel Bruce Hampton (Ret.)  and Donna Hopkins made the trip from Atlanta and joined in for a couple of tunes.

Bloodkin encored with original tracks, “Mark Fidrych & Evel Knievel” and “Henry Parsons Died,” both of which were recently released on seven-inch vinyl, followed by “End of the Show.”  For the grand finale, they did one more Stones’ cover, “Loving Cup.”

Without doubt, Friday night marked a festive and well-crafted performance that will not soon be forgotten by Bloodkin fans, Stones fans, and any one else who was lucky enough to stumble off Lumpkin Street into the Georgia Theatre.



Rocks Off, Rip This Joint, Shake Your Hips, Casino Boogie, Stop Breaking Down, Tumbling Dice, Dead Flowers, Honky Tonk Women, Sway, Wild Horses, Monkey Man, Live With Me, Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, Moonlight Mile, Bitch, Brown Sugar, I Got The Blues, Sweet Virginia, Happy, Mark Fidrych & Evel Knievel, Henry Parsons Died, End Of The Show, Loving Cup

To download or stream an audience matrix recording of this show, click here.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Ian Rawn