On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Umphrey’s McGee manager Kevin Browning shared his memories from that tragic day, as well as the day before.
“On the night of September 10th, 2001, UM pulled into a small bed & breakfast in Ithaca, New York for some R&R on a day off,” he recalls. “As tended to happen in those days, we uncased the guitars, cracked some beers and commenced porch dwelling. We sat under a seemingly impossibly bright sky as the sounds of nature enveloped our hang. It was as carefree a night as could be. We were up until the wee hours strumming guitars, belting sing alongs, rolling tape, and generally just screwing around.”
After the events of 9/11/01 unfolded, Umphrey’s McGee played a show at The Haunt in Ithaca, where guitarist Brendan Bayliss told the crowd “This one is dedicated to everybody today who needs to hear this song,” before playing “Trenchtown Rock.”
Now, in 2018, Browning has “pieced together a short edit to give you a glimpse of how that surreal time felt to us, starting on the afternoon of the 11th and working backwards in time to the more innocent night of September 10th.”