January 5, 2016 |
The beginning-of-the-year blues isn't a mournful thing in the hands of Warren Haynes' Gov't Mule. For several years, the stormy guitarist-vocalist and his tight, stalwart crew have taken on forlorn blues in the matter of rural, three-chord marches along with wildly progressive jam-rock thunderbolts and snorting R&B reverie. The same was true at the top of 2016 at Upper Darby's Tower Theater on Saturday as Gov't Mule charmed a crowd of Haynes Heads shouting "Yah Mule" in celebration of their heroes.
October 3, 2015 |
Warren Haynes, who is to perform Friday at Tower Theater, is the blisteringly emotive guitarist behind Gov't Mule. He has done a lengthy tour of duty with the Allman Brothers, and he has a lot of solo work to his credit, including 2011's Man in Motion . Last time in Philly, in 2013, he was coming through with his Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration. "I know those guys and believe they pay tribute to Jerry while making their own way," Haynes says of Trey Anastasio and John Meyer, two guitarists who interpreted Garcia's classic lines while working this year with the Dead's leftovers.
January 6, 2015 |
Beyond an always ferocious, soul-stirring approach to guitar mastery, there's one thing longtime devotees of Gov't Mule and Warren Haynes have come to expect: the unexpected. Whatever twists are possible, Haynes will make them. The Southern-fried bluesman and his tactile, roaring quartet Gov't Mule give fans shows whose second sets ripple with cover versions. Most recently, whole sets of AC/DC and Neil Young songs have speckled their set list. Friday at Upper Darby's Tower Theater, the Mule stuffed songs by Tom Waits, Little Feat, the Bee Gees, Steppenwolf into that night's catalog.
December 31, 2013 |
Warren Haynes has been in dozens of musical scenarios since starting his career in the 1980s as a combustible guitar-slinging sideman and front person. He's been a brother within the Allmans' framework, performed with orchestras, and acted as a sessioneer to the diverse likes of Dave Matthews, John Scofield, David Allan Coe, and more. His dense and blustery Gov't Mule put him at the top of the heap of hard-jamming blues players and collaborators. But it was playing with the Dead (once Grateful)
June 26, 2013 |
When guitar god Warren Haynes executes the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the Mann Center on Tuesday, he's not just honoring the late Grateful Dead guitarist. Performing with the orchestra, Haynes will inaugurate this summer's crossover-classical season at the Mann. That classical music hybrid is one of the performing arts center's most successful on-going events, pairing various symphonies (including the Philadelphia Orchestra) with performers outside the orchestral norm.
December 29, 2012
Film New this week: Not Fade Away (*** out of four stars) Suburban New Jersey in the 1960s is carefully recreated by "Sopranos" auteur David Chase. John Magaro is great as Douglas, a gawky teen who finds confidence in his rock band. James Gandolfini, also of "The Sopranos," is the often-exasperated dad. A sprawling, often well-done tale. It's a hit. Rated R. . - Steven Rea Music Gov't Mule Formed as an Allman Brothers offshoot in 1994, Gov't Mule, which plays Dec. 28 and 29 at the Tower Theater, has kept its vigor and roadworthiness, becoming a much-followed jam band, due in large part to front man Warren Haynes.
December 28, 2012
In Concert 6815 Emlen St.; 215-843-8051. theirishcenter.com/. Philadelphia Swing Dance Society: Almost New Years. $25. 12/29. 9 pm. 421 N. Seventh St.; 215-569-9400. www.livenation.com . Dark Star Orchestra. $25. 12/29. 8:30 pm. The Starting Line. $25. 12/30. 8 pm. Sold Out. Octane. $10. 12/31. 8:30 pm. 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.r5productions.com . Moosh & Twist: OCD. $16.50-$30. 12/29. 8 pm. 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-236-2543.
December 28, 2012 |
Gov't Mule has such a massive catalog of songs that front man Warren Haynes says it's unlikely the band will repeat any of them during its two-night run at the Tower Theater. In fact, he says, it's possible that none of the songs played in Philly will even make their way to New York's Beacon Theatre for the quartet's two-night stand there. "It's literally hundreds of songs," the soft-spoken guitarist and singer said. "We usually go for three hours or so. It ends up being a long night, but you're pleasantly exhausted at the end of it. " Based on the fact that Haynes is a full-time member of both Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers Band - and has a solo career - you'd expect him to be, uh, pleasantly exhausted offstage, too. But the musician, 52, whose controlled intensity nabbed him the No. 23 spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists" list, says he is quite energized by his musical path.
May 13, 2011 |
What's in a name, you might ask? Well, we are, with several of the more interesting (and curiously branded) musical artists hitting town this coming week. Roy Book Binder: We'd swear he used to spell it Bookbinder. Then again, Keith Richards used to go by Keith Richard. Let's just be happy this seasoned practioneer of Delta blues and ragtime is still serving up fingerpicked acoustic music and amusing stories. And he has two big dates to commemorate - what would have been Robert Johnson's 100th birthday last Sunday, and Roy's just-announced booking at the 50th Philadelphia Folk Festival in August.
May 13, 2011
Ben Sollee Ben Sollee has a quietly tuneful voice similar to Paul Simon's conversational pitter-patter. (Sollee and Simon also share a love for the complexity of interpersonal, character-driven, relationship-challenged lyrics.) The Lexington, Ky., native is a studio-session cellist with solid classical leanings who has toured with the worldly folkies of Sparrow Quartet (Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck). And since 2008's Learning to Bend, his solo efforts have grown more richly burnished, varied, and delightful.