Gov’t Mule has announced a new studio album, Peace…Like A River, and shared the first taste of the project with “Dreaming Out Loud”, a song inspired by civil rights icons Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Robert and John Kennedy, and U.S. Representative John Lewis.

Following the release of Gov’t Mule’s Grammy-nominated blues album, Heavy Load Blues, Peace…Like A River is due out June 16th via Fantasy Records. The album was recorded during the same sessions as Heavy Load Blues at The Power Station New England with co-producer John Paterno (Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos) alongside Warren Haynes, but the projects were kept separate, recorded concurrently in different rooms with different gear, giving each its own distinct character. Peace…Like A River is also differentiated by its host of special guests, which includes Billy Bob ThorntonCelisse, Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top, and more.

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Peace…Like A River is very ambitious from a musical arrangement standpoint in the way that a lot of the songs take twists and turns that is not common in today’s pop music world,” said Haynes. “At the same time, it’s very much a song record and covers a lot of ground, stylistically speaking. Song for song maybe my favorite one.”

Along with the album announcement, Gov’t Mule shared the first single, “Dreaming Out Loud”, which features blues great Ruthie Foster, who previously contributed to Mule’s 2006 album High & Mighty, and New Orleans soul legend Ivan Neville. The song speaks to the present moment, incorporating inspirational quotes from civil rights leaders who dedicated their lives to social justice, with a funky feel reminiscent of Sly and the Family Stone.

Listen to “Dreaming Out Loud” and watch the album trailer below.

Peace…Like A River is available to pre-order and pre-save on streaming services. Each digital pre-save will include an instant download of “Dreaming Out Loud”. A deluxe edition of the album will be available only on CD and includes the special five-track Time Of The Signs bonus EP, which features four brand new unreleased tracks and an alternate version of the track “The River Only Flows One Way” with Warren on lead vocals (Billy Bob Thornton sings on the album version).

Gov’t Mule will hit the road in support of the new album starting with a ten-date spring tour, which kicks off on May 5th in New Orleans during Jazz Fest and includes stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, ultimately culminating with two nights in Haynes’ hometown of Asheville, NC on May 19th and 20th. The band will then pay tribute to Pink Floyd in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon with the Dark Side of the Mule Tour with special guest Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. Gov’t Mule also has summer tour dates on the books with The Avett Brothers and Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival tour, plus a number of other festival appearances.

Click below to view a list of upcoming Gov’t Mule tour dates. For more information including ticketing details, visit the band’s website.

Peace…Like A River Track Listing:

1.    Same As It Ever Was
2.   Shake Our Way Out (ft. Billy F Gibbons)
3.   Made My Peace
4.   Peace I Need
5.   Your Only Friend
6.   Dreaming Out Loud (ft. Ivan Neville and Ruthie Foster)
7.   Head Full Of Thunder
8.   The River Only Flows One way (ft. Billy Bob Thornton)
9.    After The Storm
10.  Just Across The River (ft. Celisse)
11.   Long Time Coming
12.  Gone Too Long

Deluxe edition (CD Only) – Time Of The Signs EP track list:

1.      Stumblebum
2.     Under The Tent
3.     Time Stands Still
4.     Blue, Blue Wind
5.     The River Only Flows One Way (WH vocals)

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*New dates in bold

june 16–22, july 29 30, augst 13, 20, oct 15

May 5 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theater ^
May 6 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival ~
May 7 – Evansville, IN @ Victory Theatre
May 9 – Cleveland, OH @ TempleLive Cleveland
May 11 – Ashland, KY @ Paramount Arts Center
May 12 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 14 – Birmingham, AL @ Avondale Brewing Company
May 16 – Macon, GA @ Macon City Auditorium
May 18 – Augusta, GA @ Miller Theater
May 19 – Asheville, NC @ Salvage Station – Outdoor Stage **
May 20 – Asheville, NC @ Salvage Station – Outdoor Stage ^^
June 16 – Camdenton, MO @ Ozarks Amphitheater +
June 20 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center Theater +
June 22 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Alliant Energy Power House +
July 22 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena *#
July 23 – Patchogue, NY @ Great South Bay Music Festival ~*
July 29 – Bethel, NY @ Beth Woods Center for the Arts %
July 30 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater %
August 2 – Clarkston, MI @ Pine Knob Music Theatre *
August 3 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center *
August 4 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
August 7 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
August 9 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion *
August 11 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion *
August 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park *
August 13 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center %
August 15 – Bridgeport, CT @ Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater *
August 17 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion *
August 18 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion *
August 19 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center *
August 20 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap *
October 15 – Columbus, GA @ RushSouth Fest ~
December 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
December 30 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
December 31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

^ with special guests George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners
** with special guest Neil Francis
^^ with special guest Maggie Rose
~ festival appearance
+ with The Avett Brothers
% Outlaw Music Festival dates
* Dark Side of the Mule dates
# non-Live Nation date

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Gov’t Mule – “Dreaming Out Loud”

Gov’t Mule – Making Peace…Like a River