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  posted on 8/31/2017 at 12:34 PM
Gov't Mule seems to be just killing it right now. Has anyone recently heard a friend say "that was one of the best Mule shows I've seen."?

I saw them here in Memphis a couple months ago and said it myself. I've heard 3 different friends say it about 3 different shows recently.

 
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  posted on 8/31/2017 at 05:07 PM
I said the same thing during and after their May concert in Central Park.

According to my t-shirt from the show, that was also their 2,000th concert :-O

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  posted on 8/31/2017 at 05:52 PM
I saw 3 shows last week and they were all great. Well 4 if you count the stream of Lockn. I won't go as far as to say they were the best Mule shows I have seen but they were all terrific and Sunday I was front row and really did love the Blackberry Mulesmoke as Warren called it encore which was 26 minutes of One Way Out and Whipping Post. Now the one show I didn't see last week was Nashvile which also included Jack Pearson and Steve Gorman as well as Charlie Starr sitting in and the first post I saw on facebook the guy said he has been going to shows for 40 years and it was up there with anything he has seen. But I have seen lots of epic Mule shows so I am not going that far.
 

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  posted on 8/31/2017 at 07:34 PM
3 shows in a week, I'm jealous! Man to have caught that Nashville one....
 

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  posted on 9/1/2017 at 10:54 AM
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3 shows in a week, I'm jealous! Man to have caught that Nashville one....


In the old days maybe 10 or 12 years ago I would have done all 4. I am just outside of Columbus so I did Columbus on Tuesday, Cincy on Thursday and Lousiville on Sunday. Don't know how I pussed out on Nashville on Saturday but getting old!

The audio of the Jack Pearson sit in on Liz Reed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R8hwIrT0Ys

 

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  posted on 9/1/2017 at 12:04 PM
I'm listening to Nashville now via Mule Tracks - IMOER

My AirPods may be starting to melt from some very hot jamming!

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  posted on 9/2/2017 at 03:54 PM
Saw them in Boston ,they are a smoking band and have always been.
 

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  posted on 9/2/2017 at 08:48 PM
Gonna see them in Dallas on Sept. 30 at the Majestic Theater. Really looking forward to it!!
 

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  posted on 9/2/2017 at 10:57 PM
Caught the Grand Rapids show with Galactic. It was a good night of music.
 

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  posted on 9/5/2017 at 12:11 PM
The best mule show I ever saw was when Allen Woody was still alive and they were still the original power trio.

Runners up include a show I saw on the deepest end tour where Dave Schools was a guest bassist, and the first rebirth of the mule tour show in the fall of 2003 here in Philadelphia where they played the entire Dose album.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2017 at 09:48 PM
My first Mule show was at a GABBA fest in the late 90's. As I remember it was the day Sonny Boy Williamson died because Warren mentioned him during the performance. That show was fierce.

As an ABB fanatic (and bass player) let me say that Allen Woody is one of my absolute favorites. Listen to Woody on Nobody Left to Run With. I love the busy edgy style he had. I'm a huge Oteil fan but maybe it was the pick, but that edge was lost after Woody. Lamar Williams & David Rook Goldflies had that edge too. So many live ABB Oteil era live shows the bass is buried in the mix. That's another topic.

Favorite Mule show was at the Alachua County Music Harvest, a festival in Gainesville, FL in the late 90's also where we used the previous year's artists passes to gain access to not only the festival but the backstage area where we were suddenly sipping drinks next to Warren & Woody. We didn't say a thing lest we get tossed. The sound man cranked up Eminence Front right before they came out & melted everybody's face.

I saw them a couple times after Woody passed with Dave Schools and those were good. Saw them George Porter & later with Andy Hess and those were consistently good too.

I took a 10 year break, having kids. Then I went & saw them with Jorg recently and it was on par with the Woody era. Saw a buddy a couple weeks later and he said man that might've been the best mule show I've seen! Twice since then I've hear the same thing about a show in AR and Nashville.

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  posted on 9/6/2017 at 12:56 PM
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I took a 10 year break, having kids.


Yep. With a 1 and 3 yr old, shows are few and far between these days, but I am really pumped about my front row tix to the Mule's Tulsa show in a month!

 

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  posted on 9/6/2017 at 03:02 PM
I would have to agree that the Mule is absolutely firing on all cylinders right now. I've been a big fan since their inception and have seen them so many times that I have no idea how many. Woody was a monster and is worthy of every accolade thrown his way. I've always liked the addition of Danny to the band and love Jorgens playing. That being said, I believe that some of the best shows that I've seen have been in the Woody years and the past few years. The show that I saw at the Tower a few months ago was absolutely amazing! Long live the Mule !

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  posted on 9/7/2017 at 10:03 AM
I saw the Mule's first show in Macon and can't count how many times I've seen them since. Right now they are blasting out incredible performances. I was at the most recent Warner Theatre show in DC and saw them at Lockn'. They are a tight unit. Truly hitting the note.

I downloaded the Nashville show and am awed by that performance.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2017 at 11:53 AM
Can't wait till their Mule-o-ween show in Amsterdam. Revolution Is Free

 

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  posted on 9/20/2017 at 02:20 PM
I saw the 2nd ever Mule show back in 1994. It was a bit of a shock to the system. We thought we might hear something like Warren's solo music from the year before...or Soulshine or Before the Bullets Fly....and that surely wasn't it. I saw the original trio multiple times after that but it wasn't my favorite format to hear Warren in (a little dark, bloozy for me). That said, I enjoyed parts of every show I saw. When I count Wanee, I've seen probably 20-25 over the years from a variety of lineups including the most recent.

My fav Mule show was Warren, Matt, Leavell and Oteil at the Tabernacle in Atlanta back in 2001. Gave us a couple ABB tunes, something from his solo album, Sco-Mule, Chuck sang What Is Hip, and we got great covers. It was a monster 2.5 hours show.

 

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  posted on 9/20/2017 at 03:48 PM
I saw Mule last night in Portland. It was a great show, the band was definitely firing on all cylinders!! Although I missed the first several songs due to a security hassle at the door, highlights I saw included "I Need Your Love so Bad", "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground", "Painted Silver Light" with the encore being the new song "Stone Cold Rage". My favorite tune had to be the Steppenwolf classic: "Don't Step On the Grass, Sam"- complete with the roadie holding audience cue cards and a sing along- just like back in the old days with the late, great Farmer. Warren gave a long talk about the song and the progress that been made to legalize marijuana since the Mule first began playing the tune back in the mid 90s. It was the only time I've ever seen Warren talk about political stuff during a show.
I noticed Warren played the Gibson 12-string Les Paul on several tunes with slide- sounded like an open tuning. "Black Raven Night" sounded so cool on that guitar, another real highlight. I love that 12 string, it has a unique tone that sounds incredible with the Leslie stompbox. That guitar must be hard to keep in tune, though.
I think the Mule right now is incredible, but in my opinion they could never beat the original lineup with Woody on bass- he was a total monster and in my opinion, was one of the greatest bass players in the history of rock- certainly one of my faves. He was on the same level as Jack Bruce or John Entwhistle. He had a completely unique tone and a walking bass style that nobody can match. Not seeing him play with the Brothers or ScoMule when he was still alive is probably one of the greatest regrets of my entire life. I just didn't catch many shows back in the 90s. And by the time I became a Mule fan, he was already gone. I envy all you guys on here that got to see Woody play. His early death was a terrible loss. I think he was Warren's soul brother, too. Long live Gov't Mule!!!!!


[Edited on 9/20/2017 by peachlovingman]

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  posted on 9/21/2017 at 01:02 PM
I was lucky enough to see Woody 3 times. One of the most memorable nights of my concert going life has to be 4/11/2000 in Lawrence, KS.

The Derek Trucks Band opened for John Scofield at Liberty Hall. Mule was playing down the street at the Granada. After DTB's set, we listened to a couple Scofield songs then walked down to the Granada for Mule.

John, Derek, and Rico joined Mule for the encore.

Set: Wandering Child, Mule > I've Been Working > Mule, Rocking Horse > No Need To Suffer, Life Before Insanity, Lay Your Burden Down, Bad Little Doggie, I Can't Quit You Baby, Left Coast Groovies > Drums > Matt/Warren > jam > Lively Up Yourself > Painted Silver Light > Creep
Encore: 32-20 Blues *, Pass The Peas **, Afro Blue **> Drums ***> Bass **> Afro Blue **> My Favorite Things tease **> Afro Blue **
Setlist Notes: * Derek Trucks on guitar, Yonrico Scott on drums and Matt on percussion; ** Derek and John Scofield on guitars, Yonrico on percussion; *** Yonrico on percussion


Then just 3 months later they came back to the Kansas City Blues and Jazz fest and I got to see them again with Little Milton setting in for a lot of the show. I met Warren at the booth after the show and one of my darkest memories is seeing Woody at that table and being taken aback at how unhealthy he looked. This was 7/22/2000. He died a month later.

 

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