LIVE: Gov’t Mule @ the Palace Theatre, 11/14/14

Warren Haynes
Warren Haynes

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Two decades is a long time for a band to be on the back burner as a “side project.”

But with the recent retirement of the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule has finally risen to the top of guitarslinger Warren Haynes’ musical to-do list. And judging by the band’s sprawling two-and-half-hour-plus show at Albany’s Palace Theatre earlier this month the Mule is still kickin’ with the best of ’em.

The band – drummer Matt Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and keyboardist-guitarist Danny Louis – laid down a rock-solid foundation, but it was Haynes who made the songs soar, whether it was a reggae-tinged cover of Al Green’s “I’m a Ram” or the soul-scorching encore of “Bring On the Music.”

Pete Mason and Jim Gilbert’s review and photographs at Upstate Live
Chad Ritchko’s review at The Oneonta Daily Star
Excerpt from David Singer’s review at The Daily Gazette: “A night of Haynes is a night of guitar-shredding alongside hefty blues-rock that lies somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd and ’80s Allman Brothers. The four-man band played straight and solid throughout the show, enabling Haynes to do his thing out front. Haynes is a no-nonsense, hard-working rocker. For more than 2 1/2 hours, he sang with considerable effort and, rather than using a rhythm guitarist for support, he carried all the guitar work himself. He spotlighted keyboardist Danny Louis a few times, but mostly, it was all Haynes all the time. He is perfectly content to carry every show on his back. It took until the fourth tune for Haynes to rip it up properly. ‘Old school,’ he said to the audience before diving into ‘Game Face.'”

World Boss
Steppin’ Lightly
Which Way Do We Run
I’m a Ram (Al Green)
Child of the Earth
Stratus (Billy Cobham)
Railroad Boy
Fearless (Pink Floyd)
Stoop So Low
Beautifully Broken
Breakdown (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
Beautifully Broken
Larger Than Life
People Are Strange (the Doors)
Soulshine (Larry McCray)
Slackjaw Jezebel
Bring on the Music

You can download a recording of the concert at Mule Tracks.

Warren Haymes and Matt Abts
Warren Haymes and Matt Abts
Danny Louis
Danny Louis
Warren Haynes and Jorgen Carlsson
Warren Haynes and Jorgen Carlsson

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