Gov’t Mule

For guitarist/lead vocalist Warren Haynes and his band, Gov’t Mule (drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis, and bass man Jorgen Carlsson), creating a new album is akin to walking a tightrope: Write new songs that please old fans, while hopefully garnering new ones. Develop that material in the studio rather than on the road, to prevent premature leaks via the internet. Celebrate the roots of American music, yet take sonic forays into the future. Honor the memory of the late Allen Woody, while simultaneously welcoming new bassist Jorgen Carlsson into the fold.

They’ve navigated the tightrope skillfully for nearly two decades. Gov’t Mule has carved out a niche as one of the most rocking bands on the scene today. Releasing more than 16 studio and live recordings over the years, they’ve become a staple act at music festivals across North America, with frequent guest members from other notable bands, adding various funk and blues rock elements to the group’s sound.

“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 the Vibes that goes back to the beginning.”

Warren Haynes

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With 3 million paid song downloads through their site MuleTracks, a handful of DVDs and live albums, plus an ever-expanding fanbase and sold-out coast-to-coast tours, Gov’t Mule could easily rest on its laurels. Yet when you’re in one of the hardest working bands in rock history, pushing yourself to greater heights always supersedes cashing in on past successes. This is especially true with the new record “Shout!”, which will be in stores this September on Blue Note Records.

In the same way that The Grateful Dead were often referred to casually as ‘The Dead’, Gov’t Mule are often referred to as ‘Mule’. Whatever you choose to call this band, we’re sure you’re going to love their set, and we’re ecstatic to bring them back to Vibes.


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