Watch: Tyler Childers and Trey Anastasio Join Forces on Charlie Daniels Cover at Healing Appalachia
Over the weekend, folks gathered to bring awareness to those fighting opioid addiction in the hardest-hit regions of the country. Among the individuals who turned up to help a good cause, Healing Appalachia, which took place in Lewisburg, W.V., were Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Tyler Childers. The distinguished musical titans teamed up to cover the Charlie Daniels original “Trudy.” Watch a fan-shot clip below.
The Healing Appalachia event was headlined by Childers, who has been a part of the caring occasion since its start in 2018 and led a lineup of artists–many shared stories about their own struggles and work towards recovery. The organization’s roots go back to 2016, when the small city of Huntington, W.V., made headlines when 26 people overdosed in a single day, bringing the need for change to the forefront of conversations concerning opioids.
The on-stage partnership between Childers and Anastasio was a first-time event, though the pair were both on this summer’s Catbird Festival bill in August. During this weekend’s team-up, the duo covered Charlie Daniels Band’s “Trudy.” Previously, Childers had teamed up with Billy Strings to take on the song at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
Notably, the song choice was an ideal pick for producing significant improvisation, which gave Childer’s The Food Stamps players time to flex their prowess while playing alongside a seasoned jam professional–Anastasio. In the video, which can be viewed below, the pair find their groove while Childers’ stunning vocal range carries the 1970-release number.
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