Gov’t Mule continued its jaunt up the East Coast on Sunday with a show at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The concert from the Warren Haynes-led outfit featured tributes to the Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, and Jerry Garcia by way of the Grateful Dead.
Sunday’s show came just a week after Mule returned from a July tour of Europe, including stops in Italy, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and more. The quartet—which also features Matt Abts (drums), Danny Louis (keys), and Jorgen Carlsson (bass)—returned stateside late last month, joining up with Willie Nelson‘s traveling Outlaw Festival for stops in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Burgettstown, PA.
Mule offered a career-spanning performance as evidenced by the opening sequence of “Traveling Tune” from 2017’s Revolution Come…Revolution Go followed by “Blind Man In The Dark” from 1998’s Dose. The first set was highlighted by the Allman Brothers’ “Mountain Jam” sandwiched between two slices of “Game Face”, as well as another nod to Gregg Allman with “Come And Go Blues”.
For the second set, Mule widened its influences with Howlin’ Wolf‘s “Asked Her For Water” in the two-slot. The cover appeared on the band’s most recent album, Heavy Load Blues, the first self-proclaimed blues album in Mule’s quarter-century history. This was followed by a bit of musical whiplash with a cover of Elton John’s “Mercy On The Criminal”. Later on in the set, Mule paid tribute to another blues giant with Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 Was 9” sandwiched within “Larger Than Life” before “Thorazine Shuffle” closed the set.
Returning for the encore, Gov’t Mule had one more loaded jam sandwich for the Huntington crowd. Beginning with the mournful “Fallen Down” from 2000’s Life Before Insanity, Haynes took an ambient slide guitar solo before Abts dropped into the unruly rhythm of the Grateful Dead’s “The Other One”. The cover arrived during the Days Between, the unofficial Deadhead holiday celebrating the eight days between Garcia’s birthday on August 1st and the anniversary of his death on August 9th. Following the tribute, Mule segued back into “Fallen Down” to close the show.
Gov’t Mule – “Come And Go Blues” – 8/7/22
Gov’t Mule – “Thorazine Shuffle” – 8/7/22
Gov’t Mule – “Fallen Down” > “The Other One” (Grateful Dead) > “Fallen Down” – 8/7/22
[Video: Christina Scioli]
Setlist: Gov’t Mule | The Paramount | Huntington, NY | 8/7/22
Set One: Traveling Tune, Blind Man In The Dark, Stepping Lightly, Game Face > Mountain Jam > Game Face, Make It Rain, Come And Go Blues, Which Way Do We Run, Kind Of Bird
Set Two: Blues Before Sunrise, Asked Her For Water, Mercy On The Criminal, Birth Of The Mule, Monkey Hill, Stone Cold Rage, Larger Than Life > If 6 Was 9 > Larger Than Life, Thorazine Shuffle
Encore: Fallen Down > Other One Jam > Fallen Down