Over the weekend, the inaugural Mempho Music Festival took over Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, TN. Saturday’s lineup was highlighted by Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Hard Working Americans, Booker T’s Stax Revue, Steve Cropper & Friends, and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. The festival’s main stage concluded with a headlining performance from Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Early on in the evening, Isbell joined Steve Cropper & Friends, which included Oteil Burbridge, Steve Potts, Eddie Floyd, John Popper, Lester Snell, Victor Sawyer, and Jim Spake, for a rendition of Otis Redding‘s “Dock of the Bay.”
For his headlining set, Isbell stuck mostly to his original songs, half of which came from 2016’s The Nashville Sound. Toward the end of the set, the southern gent performed an acoustic version of “Even the Losers” by Tom Petty, who recently passed away, before closing the show with a full-band “American Girl.” After the festival, Isbell tweeted:
I don’t usually get nervous anymore, but singing Otis Redding with Steve Cropper and friends last night had me shaky. Thanks, @MemphoFest.
— Jason IsBOO (@JasonIsbell) October 8, 2017
Watch Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit cover “American Girl” at Mempho below, courtesy of Ian Duffy:
[photo by Phierce Photo]