On Saturday night, Umphrey’s McGee wrapped up their two-night stint at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium and had some surprises in store for fans, as the band offered a debut cover and busted out a Led Zeppelin tune that they hadn’t played in over 15 years.
Set one featured a middle section in which guitarists Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger switched it up by going acoustic for a run of three songs, “Uncle Wally,” “The Pequod” and “The Weight Around,” and UM closed out the frame with Zeppelin’s “Ten Years Gone,” which the band hadn’t played since September 2003.
The five-song second set included Umphrey’s McGee’s debut of Tyler Childers’ “Whitehouse Road,” a fitting country/Americana nod to their Nashville setting. The band then launched into their high-energy set closer “Draconian” and later returned to the stage to end their stay at the Ryman with a “Ringo” encore.
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Set I: October Rain> Spires> Half Delayed> Day Nurse, Uncle Wally*> The Pequod*> The Weight Around*, The Crooked One, 2×2, Ten Years Gone+
Set II: Divisions, Mulche’s Odyssey, Thin Air, Whitehouse Road^, Draconian
Notes: * with Brendan and Jake on acoustics
+ last time played 9/11/2003
^ debut, Tyler Childers; with Brendan on acoustic