Gov’t Mule

Written by on November 24, 2014

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Gov’t Mule: More than Just a Side Project


Gov’t Mule are the most famous of Jam Bands that started as a side project for two members of the Allman Brothers Band. Warren Haynes and Alan Woody were both members of the Allman Brothers Band.  Mule was formed in 1994 with singer, songwriter, and guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody, and drummer Matt Abts. With influences such as Duane Allman, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and Neil Young, they have produced a variety of studio albums. Today, the band consists of Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Danny Louis, and Jorgen Carlsson. The band has been producing new material for the past 20 years and continues to tour all over the world.

In 1995, Haynes, Woody, and Abts debuted a self-titled album and followed up with a live album Live at Roseland Ballroom in 1996. Their second studio album, Dose, was released in 1998. At this time, Haynes and Woody took a break from the Allman Brothers band and started focusing on Gov’t Mule. They put out another concert set called Live…With A Little Help From Our Friends with the Black Crowes, Parliament/Funkadelic, The Derek Trucks Band and other members of the Allman Brothers Band. After Life Before Insanity was released in 2000, Allen Woody was discovered dead in New York City on August 26. Haynes went back to the Allman Brothers Band and split his time between ABB and Mule. As a tribute to Woody, Mule released the Deep End series in two volumes with bass players including Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mike Gordon of Phish, and Jack Bruce of Cream contributing to the project.

The band officially replaced their bass player with Andy Hess and brought in keyboardist Danny Louis. Together, they produced Deja Voodoo in 2004, which was their first studio album since Woody’s death. They released High & Mighty in 2006 and Mighty High in 2007. Hess was then replaced by Jorgen Carlsson before By a Thread came out in 2009. Their most recent release was, Shout!, in 2013, which included two versions of each song, the second disc consisting of different guest vocalists.

Celebrating their 20 years of touring, the Mule is currently releasing archival sets, starting with Dark Side of the Mule that will be released on December 9, 2014, with Pink Floyd covers from the Halloween 2008 show. The Dub Side of the Mule, includes several special guests and will be released early 2015.  Along with the long-awaited official release of ‘Sco-Mule,’ a recording of the band’s 1999 concerts with guitarist John Scofield. The double album, due in January, comes in the midst of a flurry of Mule activity.

Mule continues to create new original pieces and perform at various shows. They have appeared at festivals such as Bonaroo, Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, and New Orleans Jazzfest. Each one of their shows is different than the last, making each performance spectacular. Deep Jams Radio shows appreciation for the band’s music by sharing it with our audience.

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