I present to you an exclusive preview of “Spanish Moon,” Gov’t Mule with John Scofield, recorded at The Georgia Theatre, Athens, on September 22, 1999.

Sco-Mule will be released on January 27. If you pre-order the album now from Mule.net, you will receive an exclusive bonus disc with 40 minutes of additional music from those shows. “Spanish Moon” is one of the songs.

On January 27, 2015, Gov’t Mule will release Sco-Mule, spotlighting two 1999 shows that the original trio of Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts played with jazz guitarist John Scofield. The Atlanta performances, which also featured keyboardist Dr. Dan Matrazzo, have been widely traded, discussed and revered by Mule fans for 15 years.

The Mule will celebrate the release of Sco-Mule by touring with Scofield as special guest beginning February 18, 2015, at Seattle, WA’s Moore Theatre. Pre-sales begin December 9th and tickets go on sale to the general public on December 12th. (All ticket info at www.mule.net.)

“The possibilities are endless for these shows and we are really excited about them,” says Warren Haynes. “We could take them in any of a million directions. The shows on Sco-Mule were the first time John and I ever played together, and we have played many times since, with Phil Lesh and in many contexts.

“We are certainly nit going to be limited to playing the material that’s on Sco-Mule. That will just be the starting off point.”

Sco-Mule will be available as a 2-CD set as well as a double vinyl and anyone pre-ordering the album here will receive an exclusive bonus disc with 40 minutes of additional music from those shows, including the “Spanish Moon” which is being debuted above. You can order here.

With SCO-MULE at the helm, Gov’t Mule is marking the band’s 20th Anniversary with a series of one-of-a-kind live archival releases available in a variety of formats (visit www.mule.net for more info). These releases will highlight some of the more memorable special shows the band has performed for Halloween and New Year’s Eve, where they cover one artist or genre in depth.

“As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, it seemed like a good time to spotlight some of the shows,” says Haynes. “I wouldn’t recommend any of them as an introductory point to the band, but this far down the line there are a lot of other entry points. And I would strongly recommend them to fans already acquainted with our work.

“When we do these shows, we do a deep dive into a ton of material and it brings a certain edge and intensity to the shows. We also tend to play really divergent setlists for our ‘regular’ Mule sets and a lot of that is included in these releases. Anyone who checks them all out is going to get a very wide cross section of Gov’t Mule.”

This Saturday, December 13, Haynes will host his 26th Annual Christmas Jam at Asheville, NC’s US Cellular Center. I am very excited to finally be attending one of the most celebrated and longest-running live concerts in the U.S. The Christmas Jam will benefit the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity for the 16th year in a row. Haynes recently presented the organization with a record-breaking $500,000 in Christmas Jam proceeds from last year’s sold-out Silver Anniversary event.

Each year, the Christmas Jam sets the stage for surprise collaborations, rare appearances and musical sets that rock into the wee hours of the morning. Artists scheduled to perform are: Gov’t Mule, Billy & The Kids (a new group formed by Grateful Dead founding member Bill Kreutzmann), Hard Working Americans, Jason Isbell, The Revivalists and Vince Gill. Special guests include: Col. Bruce Hampton, Jackie Greene, Oteil Burbridge, Jack Pearson, Kevn Kinney and Paul Riddle.

These releases include:
Stoned Side of the Mule: Volume 1, released as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday, featuring seven Rolling Stones covers from a Halloween, 2009 show. Volume 2 will be out in 2015.

Dark Side of the Mule will be released on December 15th and will feature 90 minutes of Pink Floyd covers recorded during a Halloween 2008 show. It can be preordered on ITunes or Amazon.

Next March Dub Side of the Mule will be released featuring a 45-minute set of reggae songs with special guest, reggae legend Toots Hibbert, founder of Toots & The Maytals. Recorded on New Year’s Eve 2006, the release also features special guests Gregg Allman & Friends and John Popper.

As always, Gov’t Mule will ring in 2015 with their annual New Year’s Eve shows on December 30th & 31st at New York City’s Beacon Theatre (with special guest Myles Kennedy on 12/31) and January 2nd & 3rd at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre.

Gov’t Mule Tour Dates

12/13/14 Asheville, NC @ US Cellular Center – Warren Haynes’ 26th Annual Christmas Jam
12/30/14 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/31/14 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
1/2/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
1/3/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre

1/14/15 – 1/18/15 Negril, Jamaica @ Island Exodus VI

2/18/15 Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre (with John Scofield)
2/19/15 Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre (with John Scofield)
2/20/15 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater (with John Scofield)
2/24/15 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre (with John Scofield)
2/26/15 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre (with John Scofield)
2/27/15 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre (with John Scofield)
2/28/15 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Center (with John Scofield)
3/1/15 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion (with John Scofield)
3/3/15 Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center (with John Scofield)
3/5/15 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium (with John Scofield)
3/6/15 Charlottesville, VA @ Paramount Theater (with John Scofield)
3/11/15 Portland, ME @ State Theatre (with John Scofield)

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Andy Aledort with the Big in China Band

by AlanPaul on November 24, 2014

The Big in China Band is very pleased to announce that Andy Aledort of Dickey Betts’ Great Southern bnad will be joining us for our Dec. 6 show at Suzy Que’s. For a taste of what we’ll be doing, here are some clips frm the last time we played with Andy.

“I Know You Rider”:

“Serve Somebody”:

“The Thrill Is Gone” (partial):

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Allman Brothers Band at the Fillmore 9/23/70

November 17, 2014

There’s a lot for me to figure out about You Tube’s new Music Vault channels. But hee’s one thing that you need to understand: despite a flurry of articles this week with headlines like “Allman Brothers release full, classic Fillmore show,” they did no such thing. The video that is now on You Tube’s Allman Brothers’ Music […]

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My coverage of the final Allman Brothers shows

November 10, 2014

Wow. So it’s been almost two weeks now and I can finally communicate with you all about a very intense 10-day whirlwind of emotions, conversations, interviews, rehearsals and, of course, shows. A little update on my reporting on these final Allman Brothers performances – and yes it still feels strange to write that. I woke […]

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Buy a sweet Les Paul played by Warren Haynes? You betcha!

October 24, 2014

Thanks to an arrangement between the Gibson Custom Shop, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House and Warren Haynes, a special selection of Gibson guitars is now available to the public. Each of the nine hand-selected Les Pauls will be played by Haynes during one of the Allman Brothers Band’s final six shows […]

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Duane Allman’s 1957 Les Paul goldtop is at the Beacon. The story…

October 24, 2014

It was very moving to see Derek Trucks play Duane Allman’s 1957 Les Paul goldtop at the Beacon Weds. night. Duane is always on stage with the Allman Brothers band but that brought this fact home in a serious way. Enjoy the photo by my friend Derek McCabe… and read the story of this great […]

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Derek Trucks got some ink

October 20, 2014

I was at the Allman Brothers’ second Beacon rehearsal Friday and Derek was talking to Jaimoe about getting a mushroom tattoo on his calf. Wanting to make sure that his would match the tat that all the original members received together in San Francisco in January, 1971 from pioneering tattooist Lyle Tuttle, Derek was going around photographing […]

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Phil Lesh, Bob Weir sing National Anthem before Giants game

October 16, 2014

Bob Weir returned to music for the first time since he cancelled all remaining tour dates early in the summer. Alongside pal Phil Lesh and San Francisco Giants third base coach (and musician) Tim Flannery, the trio sang the National Anthem at Game 3 of the NLCS before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ah, San […]

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Geraldo Rivera 1979 Tv report on the Allman Brothers

October 15, 2014

Check out the video below: a pretty great Geraldo Rivera report about the Allman Brothers Band and their 1979 reunion: Geraldo is a legit fan and did a great radio interview with me when One Way Out came out. Lots of great lines in this report, including, “Their music is old fashioned… they don’t even play disco.” Cool interviews […]

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Neil Young on Howard Stern

October 14, 2014

Neil Young visited Howard Stern for an interview this morning. They covered a lot of ground, including why he thinks Buffalo Springfield’s music didn’t translate well to record, the act and art of songwriting, bad reviews, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Young doesn’t even want to mention David Crosby by name. When Stern asks […]

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