Gov’t Mule has announced that it is parting ways with bassist Jorgen Carlsson. In a social media post on Thursday, the Warren Haynes-led group revealed that Kevin Scott will be joining the Mule lineup in Carlsson’s place beginning tomorrow, June 9th, 2023, in Jacksonville, OR. The band did not specify a reason for the personnel change.

As the band explained, “Before we take the stage, we do want to let you know that our friend Kevin Scott will be joining us on bass. We thank Jorgen Carlsson for all his incredible work, including on Peace…Like A River, and wish him the best. Some of you may have seen Kevin with us last year when he stepped in for a few shows, so you know he’ll do a great job out there with us.”

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Even beyond his brief fill-in stint with Mule, fans are liable to have seen Kevin Scott with a variety of acts over the last decade. In addition to Wednesday Night Titans, his ongoing professional wrestling-meets-avant garde jazz project with drummer Zach Danziger, Scott has served in bands with Jimmy HerringWayne Krantz, the late Col. Bruce Hampton, and many more.

Gov’t Mule’s lineup has featured various bass players since the sudden passing of founding member Allen Woody in 2000. A revolving cast of bassists including Dave Schools, Oteil Burbridge, Les Claypool, Victor WootenGeorge Porter Jr., and more filled in during the years following Woody’s passing before Andy Hess officially took up the mantle from 2003 through 2008. Carlsson took over for Hess in 2008.

“Getting the opportunity to play bass with Gov’t Mule is an honor,” Kevin Scott told Live For Live Music of his new gig. “I have been a huge fan since I was in my early 20s. Mule is one of the rare bands that have amazing songs and that can also stretch/improvise at any moment. I’m very excited for the future—to develop my own take on the catalog [while] also taking HUGE inspiration from Woody, Andy, and Jorgen’s amazing bass work over the years.”

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Scott will join Gov’t Mule for a busy year on the road including a run of shows with The Avett Brothers, a stretch of dates with Willie Nelson‘s traveling Outlaw Music Festival, and a number of Dark Side of the Mule performances featuring support from Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. For a complete list of 2023 Gov’t Mule tour dates, head here.

Read the full note from Gov’t Mule about Kevin Scott joining the band’s ranks below.


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