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Gov’t Mule Back in Poland
June 29, 2012   
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Gov’t Mule, one of the world’s best blues and rock groups, are coming to Poland for a one-night-only concert at the Eter club in Wrocław July 17. The band, which has so far released nine studio albums, last performed in Poland two years ago.

Gov’t Mule was formed in 1994 as a joint project by Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, members of The Allman Brothers Band, and Matt Abts. In the beginning, they saw Gov’t Mule as a side project while The Allman Brothers Band was not in the recording studio, but then in 1997 Haynes and Woody left their original group to concentrate on Gov’t Mule.

When Haynes, Woody and Abts went in a rehearsal room together for the first time in 1994, not even in their wildest dreams did they expect to become a rock legend in just several years. “It was an awful lot of work,” Haynes said. “Allen and I had to divide our time between The Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule. Each time Allman Brothers went on a break, we would work on debut material for our new act and play concerts of our own. I remember those beginnings, sometimes we’d only have 30 or 40 people in the audience.”

The advent of Gov’t Mule was a knockout blow to their rock competition. “Playing with the Allman Brothers Band, we would never have ventured into King Crimson and Black Sabbath territory,” said Haynes. On hearing their albums, any rock music fan can hear echoes of Led Zeppelin, Cream, Spooky Tooth, Free, Mountain and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Their Life Before Insanity album is mentioned in the same breath as the greatest albums in rock history.

Gov’t Mule was what several generations of fans had been waiting for. The world stood open before the three musical visionaries. But one day in 2000, after the three musicians went home after a gig in Croton-On-Hudson, the tragic news came that Allen Woody had died in his sleep. Haynes and Abts decided to carry on. They teamed up with Andy Hess, a guitarist (later replaced by Jorgen Carlsson) with a penchant for jazz, and Haynes’s long-time friend Danny Louis, a multi-instrumentalist and keyboardist. The album they subsequently released, High And Mighty, was a nod to the great acts of the 1970s, Led Zeppelin in particular.

Gov’t Mule
July 17, 7 p.m.
Eter Club, Wrocław, 19 Kazimierza Wielkiego St.
Tickets zl.130, available at Eventim.pl and Kupbilet.pl
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