Last night, the jam-band rising stars of Spafford continued their extensive fall tour, hitting the Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday as they continue to work their way across New England. For their show at the Higher Ground yesterday, Spafford put together a special setlist, with the Arizona-born band treating the crowd to a show with each set containing only four songs. Following this jam-heavy performance, Spafford returned with three debut covers honoring Tom Petty, the iconic rock star who died on Monday at the age of 66.

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Petty’s death made waves within the music community, as he’s largely considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of the past half-century. To honor Tom Petty, Spafford opened their encore with “Learning To Fly,” a number off Petty’s 1991 Into the Great Wide Open that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. From there, the group laid into a cover of “Breakdown”, the first single off of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ self-titled debut album from 1976, which launched Petty into the mainstream and kick-started his career as cultural icons. To close out the show and their tribute encore, Spafford closed their show at the Higher Ground with “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, the lead single off of 1994’s Wildflowers.

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You can check out the setlist from Spafford’s show at the Higher Ground last night, plus check out video of Spafford’s rendition of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and full audio of Tuesday’s show below.


Setlist: Spafford | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 10/3/2017

Set One: Lonely, The Postman, Leave The Light On, Slip And Squander

Set Two: Todd’s Tots, All My Friends, Walls, Electric Taco Stand

Encore: Learning To Fly*, Breakdown*, You Don’t Know How It Feels*

Notes: * Tom Petty cover, First time played

[Audio: Mike D (VT)]

[Photo: Bill McAlaine]