Gov’t Mule plans performance at Paramount Theatre

Aug-2-A-Govt-Mule-SC-copyThe Southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule will perform at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont on Friday, Aug. 15 at 8pm.
When The Allman Brothers Band reformed in 1989, partially in response to the popularity of their Dreams box set, Warren Haynes was added as a permanent lead guitarist and vocalist, and Allen Woody was recruited as bass guitarist. The two shared a love for 1960s power trios which include Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, the James Gang, and Mountain.
Haynes, Woody, and drummer Matt Abts, who played with Haynes in Dickey Betts’ band, came together as Gov’t Mule during Allman Brothers breaks. They released their debut album “Gov’t Mule”, produced by Michael Barbiero, in 1995. Their first live album,“Live from Roseland Ballroom” was recorded during their opening performance for Blues Traveler on New Year’s Eve 1995, and was released in 1996.
Haynes and Woody left the Allman Brothers Band in 1997 to concentrate on Gov’t Mule.  However, a few months after they release their fifth album in 2000, “Life Before Insanity”, Woody was found dead in New York City.  After a the memorial concert “One for Woody” and the subsequent “Smile at Half Mast” tour, Haynes began playing with the Allman Brothers again full time, and continues to split his time between both bands.
In the following two years Haynes and Abts began working on a tribute album which resulted in “The Deep End”, volumes 1 and 2.  Out of the many bassists and keyboardists who supported them during the recording, Danny Louis and Andy Hess were eventually named permanent members of the band.  The first album recorded with Haynes, Abts, Louis, and Hess together was entitled “Deja Voodoo”, and was released in September 2004.
Gov’t Mule has subsequently recorded six albums, with the only change to the composition of musicians being Andy Hess’s departure in 2008 and replacement by Jorgen Carlson.
Gov’t Mule continues to tour extensively and has become a staple act at many music festivals including Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, Vegoose, All Good, and their annual New Orleans Jazzfest night show, where they filmed and recorded the last show of the Deepest End tours, with 17 guest musicians in a six-hour show.
Tickets ($44.75-54.75) are now on-sale and are available at the venue box office located at 30 Center Street in downtown Rutland, charge-by-phone by calling (802) 775-0903 or online at www.paramountlive.org. The Paramount Theatre, a registered 501-c3 not-for-profit organization, is currently in its 13th season of bringing live entertainment to central Vermont. The Box Office is open Thursdays and Fridays 11am-6pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, and from noon through curtain time on all show days. Be sure to catch these incredibly talented musicians while you can.

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