Gov’t Mule review….June 27, 2019….

GOV’T MULE

BRING ON THE MUSIC

LIVE FROM THE CAPITOL THEATRE

PROVOGUE  PRD 593

DISC ONE:  LARGER THAN LIFE–BROKE DOWN ON THE BRAZOS–ENDLESS PARADE–LOLA LEAVE YOUR LIGHT ON–RAVEN BLACK NIGHT–TRAVELING TUNE–LITTLE TOY BRAIN–PRESSURE UNDER FIRE–BRING ON THE MUSIC–RAILROAD BOY–BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN

DISC TWO:  THE MAN I WANT TO BE–SIN’S A GOOD MAN’S BROTHER–MR. MAN–LIFE BEFORE INSANITY–NO NEED TO SUFFER–COMEBACK–WORLD BOSS–BLIND MAN IN THE DARK–WHISPER IN YOUR SOUL–REVOLUTION COME, REVOLUTION GO

Southern rock titans Gov’t Mule never play the same show twice, feeding off the crowd and more than 300 songs in their vast repertoire to keep things fresh and upbeat.  Their latest set was recorded in a venue that has hosted them many times over the years, and, with the crowd ready to rumble, the band has released a most excellent recording, entitled “Bring On The Music:  Live From The Capitol Theatre,” for Provogue Records, from that historic venue in Port Chester, NY, on April 27 and 28, 2018.  (The Deluxe Edition of this set includes a companion DVD directed by Danny Clinch, but our review is on the music on the two CD’s.)

Produced by Warren Haynes, who is on guitars and vocals, the remainder of this venerable outfit is Matt Abts on drums, Jorgen Carlsson on bass, and Danny Louis on keys, second guitar, and trombone.  Powerful, Doomsday percussion sets the tone for the set with the opening scorcher, “Larger Than Life,” while the band visits the Allman Brothers branch of the “family tree” via “Endless Parade.”  “Traveling Tune” might well be the band’s autobiography, as “we gotta keep spreading the word!”  This tune, along with the dark, brooding, Southern-Gothic, slide-driven story of the tragedy that befalls the heroine of “Railroad Boy,” served a our favorites on Disc One.

Disc Two opens with Warren’s soulful look at “gettin’ older and wiser,” and being “The Man I Want To Be.”  It wouldn’t be a Mule show without some social commentary, and Warren and Co. provide our other favorite by landing a roundhouse right squarely on the jaw of the current administration and the “one percent” with “how much longer can we keep our heads in the sand,” “Mr. Man.”  That sentiment hits home again a bit later with a blistering “Blind Man In The Dark,” before closing the festivities with the rousing, “Revolution Come, Revolution Go,” with Danny on trombone.

“Bring On The Music: Live At The Capitol Theatre,” is a dazzling look at one of the finest bands on the planet doin’ what they do best–spreading the word to an appreciative crowd with a slew of favorite songs.  Y’all, the ‘Mule is still sho’nuff kickin’ with this monster set!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

 

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