Written by Eddie Ferranti
May 01, 2008 at 09:00 PM
ImageDid you ever go out to a gig strictly on the advise of good music friends whom you trust? Well this “school night” I did just that with Gov’t Mule. Thank the Lord I was not let down either. In fact, it ended up being a “feel good” type throw down kind of show. I’m a 1970’s freak who grew up on the southern rock movement. When I heard these dudes had a connection to thee Allman Brothers, I was interested. You see, this band evolved as a “side” project for then Allman Brothers’ Warren Haynes and Allen Woody back in 1994.

Guess what? They left the band and concentrated on Gov’t Mule, who are jamming big time still today! I dug these guys from the opening when Haynes drawled to thee audience, “Hey Texas, been a long time……..” and he busted into a smokin’ “Slackjaw Jezabel”! These guys remind me of Skynyrd, of course Allman Brothers and Phish all balled into one. No nonsense straight forward jam blasting music. From the likes of the crowd, these folks have a loyal ass following, too.

Comprised of 80% above 40 year old males, they were slammin’ their beers and wearin’ their assorted “Mule” t-shirts! Plus ya gotta love a band that sells both frisbees AND pot rolling trays at their merchandise booth! Back in my day, both did the same job. HA!

Anyway, the band cruised such gems as “About to Rage”, “Blind Man in the Dark” and a bombastic “Honky Tonk Women”! The current line-up consists of Warren Haynes, thee man on lead guitar and vocals, and Matt Abts on skins, whom have been there from the start in ’94.

Andy Hess on bass and Danny Louis have been aboard since 2003 and 2002 respectively. These guys do not get much radio airplay, but it obviously has formed a strong following judging by thee packed house. These guys tour non stop and have become a regular at well known jam festivals as Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, Vegoose and their annual gig at the New Orleans Jazzfest! Touring behind their latest record, “High & Mighty” they sound as close to their live shows as you can get. BIG, in both scope & sound for sure.

To sum it up the best in the words of Mr. Haynes himself: “Gov’t Mule is blessed with an amazing fan base that not only lets us experiment on stage, but encourage it!” Now how cool is that in today’s programmed set lists from city to city environment?! Long live rockers like these guys. Keep the “tips” coming my way my music brothers…………Later, Edge