Gov’t Mule’s Next Release Will Be ‘Rock and Roll’ Album

Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule have always been prolific. It seems that the former Allman Brothers member isn’t without an idea or three when it comes to the next project he wants to tackle.

But as the Gov’t Mule approaches its 30th anniversary, they keep slipping through things. In fact, the group recorded a new batch of originals while working in 2021 heavy pregnancy sweatshirt. A deluxe new version of Gov’t Mule’s first-ever blues album includes a bonus original version of Haynes blues called “Hiding Place,” as well as Elton John’s “Have Mercy on the Criminal” song. A follow-up is scheduled sometime in 2023.

In the meantime, Gov’t Mule is enjoying a dense summer of touring, including dates with Trombone Shorty, along with a comeback engagement as part of the Willie Nelson Outlaw Music Festival, a ride featuring ZZ Top and Jason Isbell, among others.

Haynes recently phoned UCR to discuss the band’s upcoming music, Nelson and a number of other topics.

The group recorded an entire new album at the same time heavy pregnancy sweatshirt has been registered. How much has this album evolved since we talked last fall?
It stayed pretty much the same. We went in and sorted a few things here and there, but for the most part, they’ll stay the same. It’s ready to go. We did a few things like alternate versions of the same song and things like that, which we’re still working on. As usual, there is a lot of material and our fans like the extra music. We’ll probably end up with a major CD and then some kind of deluxe edition or bonus package or whatever. One way or another, we’ll include everything from the sessions.

Stylistically, how does this record sit alongside the blues?
As you know, it is most often a rock and roll record. Most of the tunes are rock songs – in some ways, similar to what Gov’t Mule has done in the past – but in others very different from an impact standpoint than we did in the past. Then, as reflected in the past fifteen years or so of our careers, there’s also some soul music that has influenced things that end up looking like a unique Gov’t Mule – because all of these influences combined are what we’re kind of proud of. What. But it covers a large area. It is perhaps the most diverse record that we have achieved. I may have said that about previous records, but I back it up with that record. It really covers a lot of the musical ground. I am very happy with it.

Listen to Elton John’s Gov’t Mule version of “Have Mercy on the Criminal”

One additional track is your recording of Elton John’s “Have Mercy on the Criminal”. How did you feel when you came up with the band’s version of it?
We played it on stage and when we went to the studio heavy pregnancy sweatshirtI thought it would translate in a more traditional setting if we treated it like a traditional blues song. We decided to give it a try and see if it worked. Sometimes, with these kinds of things, you play it once or twice, and if you’re not meant to be, you can move on. I think we did two. The first didn’t sound the right tempo and the second it was. We listened to it again and thought no one at first glance would think, “Yeah, that’s an Elton John song.” Sounds like a cool blues tune.

How many Elton fans did you grow up to?
leaked. I loved everything from the start. I didn’t find them in chronological order. I think I started somewhere crazy across the water Then move back. I loved everything about it Captain Fantastic and Brown Dirt Cowboy From the perspective of song after song. There was a lot of great stuff there. He’s obviously been singing really well when you come back and listen to those recordings. I’ve actually seen a live clip from the 70’s or 71’s lately and man, it was refreshing and lively. It was unique and new music for that time period. I think everyone is drawn to her.

Gov’t Mule is making more dates this year with Willie Nelson. What are some of your favorite experiences with Willie?
I think it was New Years Eve 1981 when we first met. I’ve been fortunate to share the stage with him a few times. Just being a fly on the wall is amazing, because I think it’s a national treasure. There is no other story like that of Willie Nelson when you look at his history and career. It has changed the landscape of this type of music. The way people listen to music has forced them to blend in from both sides of rock and country, making it their common denominator. It’s great now when you see that there’s a similar kind of movement going on in country music now that there are a lot of really famous people doing music outside of the mainstream. It depends on Willie’s kind of crafting this path a long time ago.

What circumstances put you in Willie’s orbit at the time?
As a child, I worked on the guitar for David Alan Coe. That was my first real party. It was the kind of world I wasn’t prepared for. It was completely different from anything I had done before. I didn’t have much experience playing country music, especially at that time. But it ended up being a catalyst, because through him I met Greg Allman and Dickie Bates. [That] It eventually led me to work with Dickey as a songwriter and as a guitarist and vocalist in his band, which eventually led to me being part of the Allman Brothers. So at 81, I think we put on a show with Willie at the top in Houston, Texas, New Year’s Eve. For me, as a 21-year-old, whatever I was at that moment, what an amazing experience. To be next to all the great songwriters, sitting while people pass the guitar: “Here, let me play a song for you,” “No, let me play a song for you.” You know, as a young songwriter, it was a great experience to have.

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Both Seven turns And the Shades of two worlds He turned 30 in the past few years. How do you view that time period?
Yeah, I mean, for me, those memories are engraved in my mind. I have photographic memories of making those records. Whatever was going on in that period of time, it was a tough time for me. I joined the Allman Brothers in 1989 for what was supposed to be a 20th Anniversary reunion tour. It was very successful and most importantly, everyone got along. Most importantly, the music sounded great. We wanted to keep it together: “Hey, how about setting a record?” we made Seven turnsAnd it really is a great comeback record. This version of the band kept getting better over the next several years and we didn’t quite improve our chemistry as if it eventually faded away, but song for song and performance for performance, that’s a really great record.

Shades of two worlds Show growth both from a musical point of view and with the chemistry of the band. He was more adventurous. They realized that the audience—and the new audience, for that matter—was open to more of what the Allman Brothers did in the old days, which was more jam-oriented, combining rock, blues, jazz, country, folk, and all of those things together. [Because of that]And the Shades of two worlds A little more than jam. You can see the band getting better and better and better in that time. For me, it was just an incredible experience to be drawn into it and to be part of a band that was one of my favorites of all time.

How did it feel to work with Tom Dodd?
I think of Tom all the time. I learned a lot from him. He was a very clever man. As a producer, he was brilliant. He made suggestions, but never asked anyone to do anything a certain way. But he always had a solution when you got to a fork in the road. He always encouraged the band to solve the problem without him. But if they can’t, he will come up with a solution. Sometimes, it was just a matter of planting a seed and then letting the band or anyone in the band run with the ball. I just learned a lot from it from a recording point of view. I was picking his brain the whole time and the stories this guy had, were amazing. He was a huge part of recorded music history and a great person. I was fortunate to have scored several records with him.

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