This past Saturday, January 27th, following the completion of their annual Island Exodus destination event in Jamaica, Gov’t Mule headed to Boca Raton, FL for a performance at Florida Jazz and Blues Jam, where they shared the bill with The Devon Allman Project, Walter Trout, Robben Ford, Kenny Neal, and Marcia Ball, as well as a slew of special guests.
The highlight of the Mule set came during its final number, when the Mule welcomed several guests, including Peter Levin (formerly of Gregg Allman Band) as well as two sons of members of the Allman Brothers Band (Devon Allman and Duane Betts) to help them through a roaring rendition of former ABB live staple “Statesboro Blues”. The classic blues tune came to its climax when Warren Haynes, while still singing the melody of the song, invited told the audience that they were going to close it out with everybody playing at the same time–and bobbing, and weaving, and dancing around–“just like we would down in New Orleans.” The extra-large group did just that, as all three guitarists, both keyboardists, and the rest of Mule wailed away for a few gloriously chaotic bars.
Watch Gov’t Mule’s “Statesboro Blues” with Devon Allman and Duane Betts at Florida Jazz and Blues Jam at Sunset Cove in Boca Raton, FL via YouTube user yosull1):
SETLIST: Gov’t Mule | Florida Jazz and Blues Jam | Sunset Cove Amphitheatre | Boca Raton, FL | 1/27/18
SET: Railroad Boy > Thorazine Shuffle, Band of the Deep > Rocking Horse > Game Face > Revolution Come, Revolution Go > The Sky Is Crying*, Soulshine > Tupelo Honey > Soulshine, I’m A Ram
Encore: Statesboro Blues**
*Peter Levin on Keys, Walter Trout on Guitar/vocals
**Duane Betts on Guitar, Pete Levin on Keys, Devon Allman on Guitar/backup vocals
Next up for Gov’t Mule is a run through Australia in March. For a full list of dates, head to the band’s website.
[Cover photo via YouTube user yosull1]