There’s big festival news from Warren Haynes this week as a few days ago it was revealed that Warren will play the new Interlocken Festival in Arrington, Virginia this September with not only Gov’t Mule, but with his Warren Haynes Band ensemble. Also, news came down minutes ago that Gov’t Mule will return to Gathering Of The Vibes this summer.
“I love playing the Vibes. Aside from the obvious opportunity to hang out with and possibly be on stage with a lot of old friends, we also have a history with this festival that goes back to the beginning,” Haynes said about returning to the Vibes. Gov’t Mule will perform at GOTV home Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn. on Saturday, July 27.
As far as Interlocken, Mule and the Warren Haynes Band are set to play the inaugural fest on the same day, marking the first time Haynes has played with both bands on the same day.
Friday was an afternoon and evening of endless sit-ins at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida. There were guest spots galore, especially on the main Peach Stage. Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule brought out John Bell, Dave Schools, Jimmy Herring and JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic for an incendiary, set-closing version of Neil Young’s Cortez The Killer. Widespread Panic was up next and returned the favor by bringing out Mule keyboardist Danny Louis for a cover of JJ Cale’s Ride Me High and later ended their set with Warren guesting on covers of Jesus Just Left Chicago (ZZ Top) and Maggot Brain (Funkadelic) as well as Chilly Water.
For the evening’s finale, Wanee hosts the Allman Brothers Band welcomed Panic’s John Bell for Can’t Find My Way Home, former member Jimmy Herring for In Memory of Elizabeth Reed and North Mississippi Allstars Luther and Cody Dickinson for One Way Out.
Watch Mule team with Herring, Bell, Hermann and Schools for Cortez The Killer…
Here’s a look at the Mule, Panic and Allmans’ setlists from Friday night…
The Wanee Festival kicked off last night at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida and goes into full gear today. Our friends at SiriusXM’s Jam ON channel have just announced that they will broadcast sets from HT faves the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band live from Wanee on Friday and Saturday as part of their “Wanee Weekend.”
The simulcast starts tomorrow afternoon at 4:30PM ET when Gov’t Mule takes the stage and will continue late into the evening with sets from Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band. Then, on Saturday, Jam ON will air sets from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band starting at 4:30PM ET.
Here’s the full rundown…
Friday, April 19th:
430-6pm Gov’t Mule
630-830pm Widespread Panic
930-12am Allman Brothers Band
Saturday, April 20th
430 – 6pm Tedeschi Trucks Band
630 – 830pm Widespread Panic
930 – 12am Allman Brothers Band
I’ll be a guest on tomorrow night’s broadcast and can’t wait to see what collaborations the bands involved have cooked up for this “Wanee Weekend.” You can find Jam ON on Channel 29.
We’re excited to see that two outstanding bands will team up later this spring when Gov’t Mule brings Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers along for five Northeast shows at the end of May and beginning of June. The run begins at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine on May 30th and continues with stops in Boston, Atlantic City and Danbury, Connecticut before the bands go there separate ways following the June 4th finale at Red Bank, New Jersey’s Count Basie Theatre.
We expect plenty of collaboration. Here’s the full list of dates for the co-bill (Gov’t Mule will headline)…
30: Portland, ME at Merrill Auditorium
31: Boston, MA at Bank Of America Pavilion
01: Atlantic City, NJ at House of Blues- Atlantic City
02: Danbury, CT at Ives Concert Park
04: Red Bank, NJ at Count Basie Theatre
Tickets for all five shows are on sale now. See Nicki’s website for details.
Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule will hit the road this spring with fellow HT faves and label mates The Revivalists for a seven-show jaunt that will end with a Jazz Fest late-night at New Orleans’ Mahalia Jackson Theater on May 3rd. The run kicks off on April 21st at the North Charleston PAC in Charleston, South Carolina following both bands’ appearances at the Wanee Festival.
Tickets for all seven gigs go on sale February 20th at noon via Mule Ticketing.
Here’s the full list of Gov’t Mule / Revivalists tour dates…
April 21 @ North Charleston PAC, Charleston SC
April 24 @ Greenfield Amphitheatre, Wilmington NC
April 27 @ Taft Theatre, Cincinnati OH
April 28 @ Blue Note, Columbia MO
April 30 @ Uptown Theatre, Kansas City MO
May 1 @ Gilloz Theatre, Springfield MO
May 3 @ Mahalia Jackson Theater, New Orleans LA
Ace harmonica player Hook Herrera sat in with Osborne in the afternoon and later helped out Mule during Warren Haynes and Co.’s two sets. Anders band members Billy Iuso and Eric Bolivar joined their boss as guests during Gov’t Mule’s sets as did saxophonist Ron Holloway.
As we type Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus 2013 festival is taking place in Negril, Jamaica. For this year’s event, Warren Haynes and Co. are joined by the Anders Osborne Band as well as special guests Ron Holloway and Hook Herrera. Last night was the second night of Island Exodus 2013.
Gov’t Mule’s four-show New Year’s Run continued last night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, where Warren Haynes and Co. were supported by HT faves Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Mule welcomed guests Bill Evans, Bill Kreutzmann, Jimmy Vivino, Hook Herrera and Andy Aledort at various points in their cover-laden two sets that followed Sister Sparrow’s opening set.
The band’s front man, Warren Haynes, emerged during Sister Sparrow’s set for a cover of Roadhouse Blues by The Doors. Thanks to sgibson818 we can watch…
Gov’t Mule returns to the Beacon Theatre tonight to end their New Year’s Run.
Here’s the setlist for all three Mule NYE Run performances thus far…
As we mentioned earlier, Gov’t Mule paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago last night. The group devoted the whole second set to its “Gov’t Mule Hendrix Halloween Experience” and stuck mostly to Hendrix tunes they had never covered before.
Thanks to YouTuber Zepcowboy we get to watch a number of the Hendrix covers Gov’t Mule performed including a Little Wing in which guitarist Warren Haynes emulated Jimi by playing an upside-down white Fender Strat just like the left-handed Hendrix. Check out this special Little Wing…
Three of our favorite bands celebrated Halloween in their own ways last night. As we wipe the cobwebs from our eyes, we wanted to start the day by sharing the basics on each performance.
Umphrey’s celebrated Halloween at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland where the second set was an “All Night Wrong” affair in which fans voted on which covers the band would play. After a first set of originals, the second set started with the dream sequence of the Grateful Dead’s Help On The Way > Slipknot! > the Allman Brothers Band’s Jessica. Both Girlfriend Is Better (Talking Heads) and Fool In The Rain (Led Zeppelin) contained hearty jams before leading into a bit of the the theme to Halloween (the movie). Kris Myers handled vocals for covers of Forty Six and 2 by Tool and Yes’s Roundabout before UM debuted their take on Money For Nothing by Dire Straits. The sextet finished the set with their classic Another Brick In The Wall/Thriller mashup and kept the fan-voted antics going into the encore by performing Ophelia by The Band.
 with Halloween theme (John Carpenter) teases
 debut, Dire Straits
The band played with masks (“The Mostly Dead Ex Presidents, A Vice President, and a First Lady”): Brendan was Bill Clinton, Jake was Ronald Reagan, Joel was Dick Cheney, Kris was Richard Nixon, Andy was Barack Obama, and Ryan was Hillary Clinton. The second set was an All Night Wrong performance, comprised entirely of fan voted cover songs. With Jessica tease before Girlfriend Is Better.
The Lee Boys are in the middle of a tour with Gov’t Mule that visited the Orpheum Theatre in Boston last night. Last week saw the release of Testify, the latest Lee Boys album, which came out on Evil Teen, a label co-owned by Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes. Warren sat in with The Lee Boys on I’m On My Way in the opening set before The Lee Boys’ Roosevelt Collier came out during Mule’s encore to add lap steel to the traditional John The Revelator and the Timothy Matthews / George Jackson blues classic Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home. Here’s the entire encore…
Gov’t Mule visited the House of Blues in San Diego last night where local resident Karl Denson lent a hand on a number of tunes by the time the evening was over. The KDTU front man sat in on a Blind Man In The Dark > Afro Blue > Blind Man In The Dark segment that ended the first set, plus a cover of Traffic’s Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys and the original Devil Likes It Slow in the second set.
Our pal Adam P. has uploaded footage of this killer combo’s take on Low Spark…
And here’s the complete setlist thanks to Mule.net…
Set 1: Slackjaw Jezebel, Wandering Child, Soulshine, Banks Of The Deep End, Mr. Man, Streamline Woman, Inside Outside Woman Blues, Blind Man In The Dark > with Karl Denson, Afro Blue > with Karl Denson, Blind Man In The Dark with Karl Denson
Set 2: Effigy > Folsom Prison Blues Jam > Effigy, Monkey Hill with She’s So Heavy Ending, Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys with Karl Denson, Devil Likes It Slow with Karl Denson, Fool’s Moon, Little Toy Brain, I’m A Ram with 54/46 Was My Number Quotes
Beginning in 2007, Gov’t Mule has come up with a theme for each Halloween show the group has played. It started with Holy Haunted House in which the band covered Led Zeppelin’s Houses Of The Holy in its entirety and continued with tributes to Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and The Who. This year, the Mule will honor the music of Jimi Hendrix at Chicago’s Rivera Theatre on October 31.
The Mule has covered plenty of Hendrix in the past ranging from Machine Gun to Spanish Castle Magic to Third Stone From The Sun to Foxy Lady to any number of the traditional blues tunes that made up a large portion of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s live repertoire. A pre-sale takes place at Noon CT today through the band’s ticketing site.
Here’s a look at themes from past Gov’t Mule Halloween shows…
2007 – Holy Haunted House (Led Zeppelin’s Houses Of The Holy)
2008 – Pink Floyd Tribute
2009 – Rolling Stones Tribute
2010 – The Who Tribute
2011 – Warren Haynes Band’s Sly and the Family Stone Tribute
It’s hard to believe YouTube is only seven-and-a-half years old as the video portal has become a ubiquitous part of life on the internet. In that time music fans have filled YouTube servers with video from the past which brings us to today’s B List topic. We’ve compiled a list of the oldest video on YouTube for 10 of the most successful bands to develop out of the jam scene.
These classic clips bring us back to a time when Al Schnier, John Medeski and Page McConnell had full heads of hair and gives us a look at the days when the members of these bands stood nearly on top of each at small gigs before they achieved success. Now, keep in mind that the footage needed to be worth watching to make our list, so even though there might be older videos out there for a few of these groups, but if you can’t see the band it defeats the purpose.
1. Medeski Martin and Wood – September 12, 1993
In searching for the oldest MMW video(s) on YouTube we hit paydirt with this one-hour, professionally-shot episode of Live at Lucille’s which was recorded at the Knoxville jazz club on September 12, 1993. John, Chris and Billy talk about their signature sound and roll through such classics as Syeeda’s Song Flute, Chubb Sub, Hermentos Daydream and Wiggly’s Way.
In 1996 Gov’t Mule was starting to feel their oats after the trio of Warren Haynes, Matt Abts and Allen Woody had three years worth of shows under their belts to hone their blues-rock sound. The first installment of the band’s new “Bootleg Series” of archival releases collects three shows from that memorable year in Mule history for 6-disc set called The Georgia Bootleg Box.
The Georgia Bootleg Box contains over seven hours of music recorded during a three-night run through Georgia that saw the trio stop at Athens on April 11, The Roxy in Atlanta on the 12th and the Elizabeth Reed Music Hall in Macon on the 13th. Along the way the band was joined by a young Derek Trucks in Athens and Atlanta as well as guitarist Tinsley Ellis in Macon. Each setlist features classic Gov’t Mule originals plus hearty covers such as Blind Faith’s Presence of the Lord and Little Feat’s Spanish Moon.
The 65-track set will be released by Evil Teen Records on October 16. Check out a sample of Blind Man In The Dark from the soon-to-be-released box set…
Here’s the full tracklist for Gov’t Mule – The Georgia Bootleg Box…