Gov’t Mule rolled into The House of Blues Orlando, Fl on Thursday May 2, 2019. Outside the rain was threatening, but inside the house was full. The fans filled the venue in anticipation of hearing the wide variety of material that Gov’t Mule is capable of. Warren Haynes, founder of the band, has written songs for and played with a vast array of bands, so anything is possible on any given night during their shows. MNPR Magazine sent Mark Horan of MarkHoran.Pictures LLC to cover the action.
Haynes has performed with the surviving members of The Grateful Dead after Jerry Garcia’s passing, and has even co-written a Garth Brooks single “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House”, which was number one on Billboards Hot Country Singles and Tracks for twenty weeks. After a four-year stint with David Allen Coe, Haynes joined Dickey Betts as a guitarist and vocalist. Two years later, The Allman Brothers Band reformed, reuniting Betts with the band,.and he brought Haynes along with him. Haynes left The Allman Brothers Band in 1997 to concentrate on his side project, Gov’t Mule which he started in 1994. But, in 2000, Haynes rejoined The Allman Brothers Band and perform regularly alongside Derek Trucks until they both departed the ABB at the end of 2014.
Gov’t Mule is labeled a southern rock jam band and they didn’t disappoint the crowd that had jammed in to see them. I found the groove to be a bit more bluesy than southern rock as Warren Haynes holds his own and doesn’t need multiple guitars to fill out the sound. The band played for almost 3 hours with 2 sets and finally two encores. Gov’t Mule stands on its own and if your wanting to see a tight blues band with a bit of southern rock flair, they are definitely the show you don’t want to miss.
Warren Haynes – Guitar & Vocals
Matt Abts – Drums
Danny Louis – Keyboards, Background Vocals and More
Jorgen Carlsson – Bass