Gov’t Mule made its return to The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA this weekend, staging a particular, two-night Mule-O-Ween celebration on October twenty ninth and thirtieth. The weekend exhibits noticed the band carry out its forthcoming album, Heavy Load Blues, in full, on evening one, along with a tribute to The Allman Brothers Band on evening two.
As promised when the band initially announced its Mule-O-Ween shows, Gov’t Mule kicked off Friday evening’s efficiency by working by way of Heavy Load Blues so as, begin to end. Announced again on September eighth, Heavy Load Blues marks the band’s first conventional blues album. Due out on November twelfth through Fantasy Records, Heavy Load Blues consists of six originals and 7 covers. The covers embrace Bobby “Blue” Bland‘s “Ain’t No Love within the Heart of the City”, Tom Waits‘ “Make It Rain“, and Howlin’ Wolf‘s “I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)”.
Gov’t Mule – “If Heartaches Were Nickels” – 10/29/21
[Video: Joseph Burton]
After the 13-song first set, Mule returned with “Million Miles From Yesterday”, a lower from the band’s 2006 album, High & Mighty. “Trane” adopted and linked up with a canopy of Link Wray & His Raymen‘s “Rumble”. The Warren Haynes-led outfit saved the jams flowing, segueing but once more, this time to a canopy of Sly And The Family Stone‘s “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine”.
Haynes, Matt Abts, Danny Louis, and Jorgen Carlsson saved it upbeat with “Pressure Under Fire” and “Banks Of The Deep End” earlier than throwing it again to 1999 with the Dose lower, “Thorazine Shuffle”. The deep and exploratory observe led to a canopy of Blind Willie Johnson‘s “Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground”, forward of a set-closing rendition of the soulful Al Green observe, “I’m a Ram”.
Night two started in typical style with “Traveling Tune”, a slower music from 2017’s Revolution Come…Revolution Go… “Railroad Boy”, a conventional cowl, adopted and arrange a rockin’ rendition of “Rocking Horse”. Mule returned to Dose with “Game Face”, which contained a “Third Stone From The Sun” tease, and led to a slow-building “Beautifully Broken”. Following “The Man I Want To Be” and “Painted Silver Light”, Warren Haynes and firm closed the primary body with the always-appropriate “Mule”.
Gov’t Mule – “Traveling Tune” [Pro-Shot] – 10/30/21
The class of evening two got here within the second set when Blackberry Smoke‘s Charlie Starr and Marshall Tucker Band‘s Paul Riddle joined in for a really particular tribute to The Allman Brothers Band. Here, Gov’t Mule, Starr, and Riddle carried out The Allman Brother Band’s At Fillmore East stay album in full, starting with the Blind Willie McTell cowl, “Statesboro Blues”.
The blues continued in full power with Elmore James‘ “Done Somebody Wrong” and T-Bone Walker‘s “Call it Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad”, adopted by Willie Cobbs‘ “You Don’t Love Me”. Just as The Allman Brothers Band did again in 1971, Mule and mates then gave their tackle “Hot ‘Lanta”, adopted by “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”, which initially appeared on the 1970 album, Idlewild South. The energetic “Whipping Post” closed out the second set. Mule, Starr, and Riddle returned to the stage, this time with Tommy Talton in tow, for an encore of “Mountain Jam”.
Check out setlists from each exhibits beneath and scroll down for a gallery of Mule-O-Ween images courtesy of Emily Butler.
Gov’t Mule will return to the stage on the finish of the 12 months with exhibits at The Met in Philadelphia, PA (12/29) and the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY (12/30–12/31). Head here for tickets and extra tour info.
Setlist: Gov’t Mule | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 10/29/21
Set One: Blues Before Sunrise, Hole In My Soul, Wake Up Dead, Love Is A Mean Old World, Snatch It Back and Hold It > Hold It Back > Snatch It Back and Hold It, Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City (Bobby “Blue” Bland), Last Clean Shirt, Make It Rain (Tom Waits), Heavy Load, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home, If Heartaches Were Nickels, I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline) (Howlin’ Wolf), Black Horizon
Set Two: Million Miles From Yesterday, Trane > Rumble (Link Wray & His Raymen) > Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (Sly & The Family Stone), Pressure Under Fire, Banks of the Deep End, Thorazine Shuffle, Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (Blind Willie Johnson), I’m a Ram (Al Green)
Encore: In My Life
Notes: “Heavy Load Blues” Album, performed in its entirety  First Time Played
Setlist: Gov’t Mule | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 10/30/21
Set One: Traveling Tune, Railroad Boy (conventional), Rocking Horse, Which Way Do We Run?, Game Face, Beautifully Broken, The Man I Want to Be, Painted Silver Light, Mule
Set Two: Statesboro Blues (Blind Willie McTell), Done Somebody Wrong (Elmore James), Call It Stormy Monday But Tuesday Is Just As Bad (T-Bone Walker), You Don’t Love Me (Willie Cobbs), Hot ‘Lanta (The Allman Brothers Band), In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (The Allman Brothers Band), Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band)
Encore: Mountain Jam (The Allman Brothers Band)
Notes: w/Charlie Starr and Paul Riddle  w/ Charlie Starr, Paul Riddle, and Tommy Talton