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Gov't Mule at the Fillmore Detroit, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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It was 25 years ago when Allman Brothers Band members Warren Haynes and Allen Woody started Gov't Mule on the side, and the rest is rich history.



Playing an eclectic fusion of rock, blues, jazz and more. the group has produced a full catalog of studio and live recordings and indulged in experiments such as Dark Side of the Mule concerts featuring its versions of Pink Floyd favorites and blending reggae into the mix at other times. Woody's death in 2000 was a blow, but the Mule came back, first with Andy Hess and, since 2008, with Jorgen Carlsson, while keyboardist Danny Louis has been on board since 2002.



The group's latest studio album, "Revolution Come...Revolution Go," came out during 2017, while this year's "Bring On the Music -- Live at the Capitol Theatre" movie and live release shows that the Mule is still alive and, well, kicking a quarter century on...



•Haynes, 59, says that as it turns 25 Gov't Mule "is in a really good place, musically and personally. We've been consistently feeling great about our shows, and it's quite amazing that a band that's been together this long still gets along. In the case of a lot of bands that just doesn't happen, but we've evolved a lot. With each album we keep adding new influences or different influences -- not always knew but in some cases influences that have been with us the entire time that we just hadn't gotten around to utilizing. It's just important for us to keep evolving and keep changing with each release."



• Haynes says that the Mule wanted "Bring On the Music," filmed during its two-night April 2018 stand in Portsmouth, N.Y., to showcase the relationship between the band and its fans. "That's a big part of what this whole thing is about, the appreciation for the fact that we not only have an audience that's still growing but that always allows us to be ourselves in a way we don't take for granted. They're part of the journey, and without being in front of a great audience like that we wouldn't be capable of what we do on stage. When you think about the fact that so many of our fans have been to so many shows through the years and continue coming to see what's gonna happen next, that's pretty great."



• Haynes, who’s released three solo studio albums, says new Gov't Mule music is in the works, though still in its early stages. "I've been doing a lot of writing in a lot of different directions and haven't narrowed down where it's all headed just yet. I've been writing a couple of instrumental songs, which has been something we've been talking about, bringing back some of the old approaches to Mule instrumentals. I've also been writing stuff that's completely different, and I don't know where it's going to wind up. So we're only talking about what kind of record we want to make."



Gov't Mule performs Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors at 7 p.m. $20-75. 313-961-5451 or thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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