Rodgers & Hammerstein...Lennon & McCartney...Jagger & Richards...Peaches & Herb...and then there was Jeff Tweedy & Jay Farrar. The Belleville, IL kids who, together with Mike Heidorn, formed Uncle Tupelo in 1988. Though they were only in existence for about 6 years, their influence is felt and heard far all across the world. Not bad for a band that was voted "4th Best Country Band" by the readers of the St. Louis alt weekly Riverfront Times in 1993.
Uncle Tupelo played their very last show on May 1, 1994 at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis, MO. While i was not at that particular show, i did witness their 3rd-to-last show at the Blue Note in Columbia, MO on April 29, 1994. Good times.
Last week, i stumbled across a recording of their very last show here. The file i downloaded was one long mp3, so i split it up for your convenience and pleasure, and i present it to you today, gentle reader. The file i uploaded contains 18 songs from that set. For some reason, the original file did not include the encore that included a raucous version of "Gimme Three Steps" with the Bottle Rockets who joined them on stage that night. Kind of a bummer, but you can go here to peep an historic video that documents the very last notes ever played by Farrar & Tweedy together.
Download Uncle Tupelo's last show here. The zip file also contains some pics that i found in various places on the internets. Please enjoy responsibly.
P.S., if any of y'all out there know where i can find a recording of the encore, please let me know and i will post it too. i believe the songs are "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," "Whiskey Bottle," "Truck Drivin' Man," "Looking For A Way Out," and "Gimme Three Steps".
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