TheDayAfterMountainJam-4Sunday was going to be a shorter day than the prior two, ending at ten, but the was going to be chock full of musical goodness. Ensuring that we were going to have the fortitude we needed meant a solid breakfast, one that was found in Maggie’s Krooked Cafe in Tannersville. Very yummy.

We missed , but I was sure to be set up well before took the stage. I’d try to be objective here, but its not possible. I love this band.

Drive-By Truckers

DBT usually plays shows that run over two and a half hours, so seeing them for only 1:15 was a little strange for me. They the set between their new album and some classics, closing a ferocious “Lookout Mountain.”

Drive-By Truckers
Michael Cooley, DBT

As a photographer, they’re great subjects. a stage usually sporting a number of Jack Daniel’s bottles, and ’s dynamic presence, they’re never dull.

Drive-By Truckers

While the last echoes of DBT rang out, & Wood took the West Stage.

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From the left, , Billy and John .

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood

This is one of my favorite photos of the weekend. Part of what is great about watching MMW is seeing how they communicate and observe each other. As I watched , I noticed that all three of them were intently focused on .

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood

This guys was painting MSMW while they played their set. His take on the scene was unique, I think.

Mountain Jam Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel, overlooking the entire .

Up next was one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend, ’s Ramble on the Mountain. Levon has been holding small, private concerts on his farm near . For , he decided to take the show on the road.

Levon Helm's Ramble on the Mountain

From the opening “Ophelia” we were treated to a fantastic set of Band and pure . An unexepected bonus for me was looking up and seeing there. I a huge Vivino fan, based on his remarkable work with The Fab Faux and seeing him with Levon was a real treat.

Levon Helm's Ramble on the Mountain

Finally, we come to the weekend closer, Bob and . If I had had any expectations of this set I would have been very disappointed. I’m not a big Bobby fan, and have never been impressed by in the past. Sunday’s performance didn’t help.

Bob Weir and Ratdog

Starting off the set in an auspicous manner, Bob could not remember the , nor the words, to “Help on the Way.” For me, the only highlight of the first set was Warren sitting in on “Loser.” We left at the setbreak. I hope that in next year’s anchorman spot is more compelling.

So that’s it, three days of and beverages. If you were there, what were your thoughts? We’re already looking forward to 2009 (the fifth annual), and cannot wait to see what WDST and do to up the ante for next year’s .

If you missed our coverage of Day 1 and Day 2, check ’em out!
The entire set of Mountain Jam photos are here.

As I’ve mentioned a number of times, the setting for Mountain Jam cannot be beat. is one of the underrated areas of our country, lush and green. We did some hiking on the way home on Monday, and wanted to leave you with a couple of shots from the trail.

Kaaterskill Falls
Kaaterskill , at 294′ the highest in State.

Kaaterskill Falls