Like many other rock stars, Jack Johnson has a reputation – for being one of the most laidback, unflappable guys you’ll ever see on an arena, amphitheatre or festival stage. (It was even the premise of a short lived SNL sketch a few years back).
Still, we wondered how cool and collected the singer, songwriter and surfer was after being tapped to fill in last-minute for the second biggest name at Bonnaroo 2013, after British folk-rock phenoms Mumford and Sons were forced to pull out of the festival just 48 hours ago.
"I've got a lot of lyrics and chords to relearn by Saturday night," he wrote to fans in a Friday morning release, as his bandmates boarded planes to Nashville for the imminent gig.
But just a few songs into Johnson’s 9:30 p.m. performance, it seemed he and his bandmates were fully up to the task. They’d gotten to warm up in Music City earlier that day, recording a live album at Jack White’s Third Man Records. With a modest array of instruments – some of which were rented from Nashville rehearsal studio SIR – the band kicked off an evening of assured acoustic sing alongs.
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