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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 06:58 PM
OK i'm seeing that Mule has a new bassist? WTF? i didnt get this memo! when did this happen?

what happened i wonder? what is Andy doing now?

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:00 PM
It was last fall, I think...but I'm not sure what the reason was or what he's doing now...

I'm not much help I guess...heh

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:05 PM
Andy left the band last September.

His last gig was in Telluride Colorado at the Blues and Brews. I was fortunate enough to be there. Arguments go for both ways that he left or was forced out. Six to one half dozen to the other.

Jorgen Carlson is a fine replacement and has been a great ad. They busted out tunes last fall that have not been played in awhile such as Kind of Bird. That is not an easy song to play. He's no Woody but it is unfair to draw comparisons.

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:08 PM
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Andy left the band last September.

His last gig was in Telluride Colorado at the Blues and Brews. I was fortunate enough to be there. Arguments go for both ways that he left or was forced out. Six to one half dozen to the other.

Jorgen Carlson is a fine replacement and has been a great ad. They busted out tunes last fall that have not been played in awhile such as Kind of Bird. That is not an easy song to play. He's no Woody but it is unfair to draw comparisons.

RIP Allen Woody

[Edited on 3/3/2009 by mulehead13]


Andy was not forced out unless Warren is a total liar since I have seen numerous interviews in which Warren states it was Andy's decision and he left on good terms. The fact that he continued to play with the band for six months after Jorgen was hired is good evidence of this.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:10 PM
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Andy was not forced out unless Warren is a total liar since I have seen numerous interviews in which Warren states it was Andy's decision and he left on good terms. The fact that he continued to play with the band for six months after Jorgen was hired is good evidence of this.
Agree. Seems to me I read that he was tired of touring and wanted to do more studio work.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:13 PM
He went on to other projects. Here's two of them...

D Review: Will Bernard's "Blue Plate Special"
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"Blue Plate Special," Will Bernard (Palmetto)

Guitarist Will Bernard has a great CD somewhere in him; he's too talented not to. On paper, "Blue Plate Special," which aligns him with the jam band dream group of keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Stanton Moore and bassist Andy Hess, looks like his golden opportunity. The guitarist works on the periphery of jazz with a heavy helping of funk, so more sympathetic accomplices probably don't exist.

"Blue Plate Special" isn't the complete mindbender it could have been, but it gets Bernard closer to his focused masterpiece. Any jazz-funk or soul-jazz is only as good as its batch of songs. It's in the writing department that Bernard falls somewhat short. Sometimes, there's plenty of groove but little in terms of cohesive and complete - let alone memorable - songs.

The best tracks here - the opening "Baby Goats" and the title track - were written by Medeski and the collective quartet, respectively. Medeski is all over his own tune, washing it with layers of sound like he does regularly in Medeski Martin and Wood and lending itself to the New Orleans rhythms Moore claims as his birthright. The title track is a loose spacey jam that probably shouldn't work but does. Fans of Gov't Mule are well aware of Hess' ability. Those who aren't should listen to him hold down and ground the flights of fancy taking place around him on this cut. Bernard in particular shows his straight-ahead jazz side, which he might consider doing more of.
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Bernard's best track is "Magpie," which dips and dives in interesting directions while maintaining the dance-funk at its core. It helps that the leader takes a memorable solo that never runs out of new places to explore and Moore utilizes the propulsion that made him the best drummer New Orleans has seen in decades.

Unfortunately, after the first three cuts, things get blurry. The spaced-out sounds (a la P-Funk) never really take off on "571" and a few more tracks blend into each other before a reworking of "How Great Thou Art" brings the disc to a close, essentially bookending on high notes. If only there were a few more memorable moments in between.

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(February 17, 2009 - New York, NY) — On March 31st, 2009, J Records’ platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw will release a new collection of songs, entitled FREE — a raw, organic-sounding recording that showcases DeGraw’s earthy charm and ever-evolving songwriting talent.
“My intention on FREE was to stay out of the way of the songs,” DeGraw says. “We kept the production very minimal in order to get everything that lies between me and the audience out of the way. By removing all the bells and whistles, you really make room for someone to pay attention to the songwriting.” As a result, DeGraw’s freewheeling melodies, heartfelt lyrics and soulful, blues-tinged vocal performances are front and center, creating an intimate experience for listeners.
Performed by a crack band that includes guitarist Audley Freed (Black Crowes), bassist Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule), drummer Charley Drayton (Keith Richards' X-Pensive Winos), and keyboardist George Laks (Lenny Kravitz), FREE, the 10-song set ranges from new songs that were completed in the studio, such as “Stay” and “Mountains to Move,” to tunes that DeGraw wrote very early in his career that have evolved with him, like “Dancing Shoes” and “Glass.”

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:14 PM
in SEPTEMBER? sheesh, you can tell i've been busy!

dammit Andy was one of my favorites, by far one of the cutest buggers too....darn darn darn.

I guess i can't wear my "HESS IS BEST" shirt to the shows anymore....

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:18 PM
Derek & I saw Jorgen's second or third show, 11/1 in Geneva.

Such a smokin' show it set off the fire alarms right at the end of the first set.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:21 PM
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in SEPTEMBER? sheesh, you can tell i've been busy!

dammit Andy was one of my favorites, by far one of the cutest buggers too....darn darn darn.

I guess i can't wear my "HESS IS BEST" shirt to the shows anymore....



I had noticed you were not around as much lately, Glad to see you back. Looking forward to another wanee. I think you will like Jorgan.

 

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Andy left the band last September.

His last gig was in Telluride Colorado at the Blues and Brews. I was fortunate enough to be there. Arguments go for both ways that he left or was forced out. Six to one half dozen to the other.

Jorgen Carlson is a fine replacement and has been a great ad. They busted out tunes last fall that have not been played in awhile such as Kind of Bird. That is not an easy song to play. He's no Woody but it is unfair to draw comparisons.

RIP Allen Woody

[Edited on 3/3/2009 by mulehead13]


Andy was not forced out unless Warren is a total liar since I have seen numerous interviews in which Warren states it was Andy's decision and he left on good terms. The fact that he continued to play with the band for six months after Jorgen was hired is good evidence of this.


Was only talking to speak at the time of the announcement. I agree with exactly what you said and I knew that Telluride was going to be his last gig.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:27 PM
Jorgen's first show with the Mule: 10-30-08

And the new guy seems to be pretty easy on the eyes.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:33 PM
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Agree. Seems to me I read that he was tired of touring and wanted to do more studio work.


I guess if you're tired of touring, Warren Haynes is the last person on Earth that you should be working for...

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:43 PM
IMO, Jorgen's style is much closer to Woody's....gives them a more solid sound.....I think he's a super fit for the Mule...don't think they could have done any better !!

 

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IMO, Jorgen's style is much closer to Woody's....gives them a more solid sound.....I think he's a super fit for the Mule...don't think they could have done any better !!


Now you got me really jonsin' to see the newest lineup Hugh...

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 07:49 PM
I am amazed that people keep trying this Jorgen is like Woody nonsense. That clown couldn't carry Woody's jock strap across a room. He isn't within miles of Woody though I think he might have stayed in a Holiday Inn once when with Low Millions.
 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 08:27 PM
"And the new guy seems to be pretty easy on the eyes"

Unlike Warren,

who is the champion for all us guys who are “not easy on the eyes”. What do I have to do? Pass out sunglasses to women standing close to me? Geez. hahahha

 

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"And the new guy seems to be pretty easy on the eyes"

Unlike Warren,

who is the champion for all us guys who are “not easy on the eyes”. What do I have to do? Pass out sunglasses to women standing close to me? Geez. hahahha


Hey, I didn't say Warren was not easy on the eyes. I like Warren just fine.

My point was that Linnie need not fear a visually unappealing replacement for Andy.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 08:52 PM
I think Andy is a great bass player but IMO Jorgen fits much better in Mule. He plays a much heavier style than Andy while also being able to tone it down when need be. Nothing against Andy but the two shows I saw at Hammerstein for NYE were two of the best Mule shows I have seen in a while. I think Jorgen's heavy handedness had much to do with that. Warren had it right when he said that Jorgen is a cross between Woody and Andy and he is gonna get better and better as we go along. I wish Andy all the best in his endeavors.

 

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IMO, Jorgen's style is much closer to Woody's....gives them a more solid sound.....I think he's a super fit for the Mule...don't think they could have done any better !!


Agreed!!!

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 08:55 PM
Gov't Mule 3.0

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 09:35 PM
I liked Andy a lot but Jorgen definitely has the edge that a bassist in Mule needs. His usage of pedals like a Wah and an overdrive of some sorts definitely gives him that. And I know I might get flamed for this because I did in the past...but watching Jorgen onstage compared to watching Andy onstage is like night and day. I know people said that Andy showed lots of emotion and smiles and what not onstage, but I can't remember any smiles or anything like that. And all Jorgen does is smile, laugh and have fun. I know it may not mean a lot in the long run, but it surely makes the people viewing the band have more fun. That's just my 2cents.
 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 10:26 PM
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I am amazed that people keep trying this Jorgen is like Woody nonsense. That clown couldn't carry Woody's jock strap across a room. He isn't within miles of Woody though I think he might have stayed in a Holiday Inn once when with Low Millions.


apparently you're easily amazed...I said that IMO his style is CLOSER to Woody's...not LIKE Woody's..or as good as Woody's...& you are welcome to your opinion,& so am I or anyone else here.He's doing pretty good for himself to be a clown, as you put it...I guess Warren likes him & his playing...what's that make Warren....

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 10:34 PM
http://angelemeraldsrockmusicblog.blogspot.com/

If you want some links to Andy's new projects.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 11:15 PM
I really liked Andy Hess and the overall sound with him in the band.

Jorgen is completely different and is pushing them more towards their roots. He hasn't blown me away yet, but Mule is Mule and I'm happy to be along for the ride.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2009 at 11:30 PM
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I liked Andy a lot but Jorgen definitely has the edge that a bassist in Mule needs. His usage of pedals like a Wah and an overdrive of some sorts definitely gives him that. And I know I might get flamed for this because I did in the past...but watching Jorgen onstage compared to watching Andy onstage is like night and day. I know people said that Andy showed lots of emotion and smiles and what not onstage, but I can't remember any smiles or anything like that. And all Jorgen does is smile, laugh and have fun. I know it may not mean a lot in the long run, but it surely makes the people viewing the band have more fun. That's just my 2cents.


There is no question Jorgen has a better stage presence than Andy.

 

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