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)
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 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.
March 9, 1998 |
Emotions deep and wide as the Mississippi informed the rugged blues/rock of Government Mule Friday at the Theater of Living Arts. During the 2 1/2-hour set, the trio fronted by former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes let loose with a river of feelings in a very satisfying evening of extended jamming. As is typical of jam bands, the second half of the show was less cerebral and more exciting than the first, when the band is still warming to the crowd. A typical segment during this golden time found the rhythm section of drummer Matt Abs and bassist Allen Woody - also formerly with the Allmans - doing alternating solos featuring a walking bass.
August 30, 1990 |
It was as if the '80s never happened. The Allman Brothers Band, rock-and- roll's Rip van Winkles, roared into the Mann Music Center on Tuesday with an evening of Southern blues and boogie that proved you don't have to pay heed to fashion to have a lot of style. The band, which reunited for a 20th-anniversary tour last summer, is touring to help promote Seven Turns (Epic), their first album of new material in nine years. For 2 1/2 hours, the Allmans showcased their rediscovered creative momentum with a dignity and ease that's rarely found in contemporary rock halls.
August 30, 1994 |
Nine bands, two stages, no waiting. So it didn't have the cutting-edge cachet of Lollapalooza or the familial air of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. And there was no attempt to create an era-defining experience a la Woodstock. But Sunday's HORDE (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) Festival - a traveling gypsy caravan of jam-happy musicians and neo-hippy hucksters - featured full sets by Allman Brothers Band and Blues Traveler, and truncated sets by Big Head Todd and the Monsters, the Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, God Street Wine, Rusted Root and others.
May 26, 2000 |
First, the bad news. Ratdog, the Bob Weir-Rob Wasserman Grateful Dead outgrowth that put on a listless performance in 1999, is back headlining the Jam on the River on Saturday. And the Memorial Day weekend music fete is shrinking: This year, there are two stages instead of three, and Jam stalwart Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, scheduled for Sunday and Monday afternoons, is the only act playing multiple sets. Finally, the best days of the Sunday-night headliners - the Neville Brothers - are behind them.
August 8, 2004 |
No single band could replace Phish in the heart of Hacky Sack Nation. But several outfits that have built solid reputations in the jam world are poised to fill the void. Gov't Mule. Through his work with the Allman Brothers and as a guest on countless projects - including The Deep End, the all-star summit he organized - Warren Haynes has earned as much goodwill from jam-loving scenesters as any guitarist ever could. He returns next month with a slightly reconfigured Gov't Mule, and an album, Deja Voodoo, loaded with positively blistering guitar work.
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.
August 28, 1990 |
Blues rockers are a shrinking breed, knows Johnny Neel, a New Castle, Del., native and one of the newest members of the Allman Brothers band. Tonight this legendary, recently resuscitated group rides the comeback trail to the Mann Music Center. The blues dudes who do survive carry on with intense zeal, almost a missionary's sense of purpose, Neel suggests. "People like us and Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan (Vaughan died yesterday in a helicopter crash - see story on next page)