Fans of Gov’t Mule attending FloydFest this week will have a unique performance. Gov’t Mule is a headliner for FloydFest 18: Wild.
“We put on a different show every night,” said Warren Haynes, front man for the group. Haynes is vocalist and guitarist for the group, which began 23 years ago.
Haynes had played with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the top live bands of the 20th Century. “We looked at Gov’t Mule as a side project in 1994 and then cut a few tracks in 1995,” Haynes told the Press. “We never expected it would happen like this. Things just fell into place.”
In addition to Haynes, Gov’t Mule’s current line-up consists of drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis, and bassist Jorgen Carlsson.
“We do about a hundred shows a year,” Haynes said. “We may play for three straight weeks and take a break and then play three more,” he said. “In the old days, we could play for about five straight weeks.”
The group has played all over the United States this year and has made a trip to Europe. After FloydFest there are more American dates, as well as another visit to Europe and a trip to Australia.
Since the group has been together, Gov’t Mule has released ten albums. “We have about a hundred songs in our repertoire, so we can always do something different.”
FloydFest is one of the few outdoor festivals for the band. “Only about ten percent of our shows are outdoors; most of the shows we do, we’re the headliner and we have an opening act.”
The group usually presents its own songs, but a few years ago they did a tribute concert which was very popular. Later this year they will do a Pink Floyd tribute concert.
“We’re doing ‘Dark Side of the Mule’ in Colorado in September,” Haynes said. That concert will feature music from Pink Floyd’s most famous album, Dark Side of the Moon.
While today Haynes is primarily associated with Gov’t Mule, he has played with other group configurations, and worked with Allman Brothers Band from 1989 through 2014. Will there be an Allman Brothers reunion?
“Things have changed a lot in the last few years, with the deaths of Butch Trucks and Greg Allman,” Haynes noted. “We might do a one-off gig somewhere down the road.”
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