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Published: 2013/09/29

Former Members of The Allman Brothers Band Perform with Gov’t Mule

Gov’t Mule welcomed several special guests at Nashville, TN’s famed Ryman Auditorium last night. The two-set show capped off a busy few hours for Warren Haynes, who sat in with Willie Nelson for his entire show at the nearby Southern Ground Music Festival earlier in the day.

During their first encore, Gov’t Mule brought out Nashville organist Moe Denham, guitarist Jack Pearson and Willie Nelson’s harmonica player Mickey Raphael for a version of “Get Behind The Mule.” The band then returned for a second standalone encore of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon” that featured Raphael, former Black Crowes guitarist—and regular Mule/Haynes collaborator—Audley Freed and keyboardist Johnny Neel. Both Pearson and Neel have clocked in time as members of The Allman Brothers Band: Neel played keyboards with the Brothers in 1989 and 1990 while Pearson replaced Haynes in the ABB from 1997-1999.

Gov’t Mule will offer a special stripped-down show and signing at Indianapolis, IN’s Guitar Center at 6pm tomorrow. Wristbands will be given out to fans who purchase their new CD Shout! for priority access to a signing after the performance.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section

Saturday, September 28, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN

Set I:
World Boss >
Blind Man In The Dark >
Broke Down On The Brazos >
Tributary Jam >
Banks Of The Deep End
Time To Confess >
Gameface with Mountain Jam Tease
Stoop So Low (Outro 2)
Slackjaw Jezebel

Set II:
Steppin’ Lightly
Mr. High & Mighty
Forsaken Savior
Railroad Boy >
When The World Gets Small
Mule >
Whole Lotta Love >
Mule with Loser Tease

Get Behind The Mule with Moe Denham, Jack Pearson & Mickey Raphael

Spanish Moon with Mickey Raphael, Audley Freed & Johnny Neel


There are 9 comments associated with this post

Doug S. September 30, 2013, 08:56:04

Some of the best post-Duane ABB shows were during the Jack Pearson years.

nickt1631 September 30, 2013, 09:42:12

Jackie P. is the man! Greet group of special guests. Audley Freed is always a nice treat. Johnny Neel I think wanted to keep it going, always loves a party, that guy. 1st set was really long, 2nd set seemed short. Great show.

scodyniner September 30, 2013, 10:40:09

Johnny Neel never wants off the stage. A few years ago JoJo had to practically pick him up and lead him off at a WSP show.

nickt1631 September 30, 2013, 11:32:38

Well, he is blind, so walking off on his own wouldn’t be possible.

LARRY LOVE October 1, 2013, 06:37:10

I recall some amazing ABB shows with the Dickey Betts and Jack Pearson guitar combo. Would be great if archival ABB live shows would be released .

PM October 4, 2013, 15:32:02

Why do people waste there time and money on bands like Furthur and Phish ( can anyone name any of their records) when GREATNESS like Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule are out there? and you can throw in ABB now. Statesboro Snoooze

DC October 5, 2013, 18:24:42

Saw an absolutely great Gregg Allman solo show a few years ago with Pearson on guitar (splendid churchy version of Dylan’s “Just Like A Woman” heavy on Hammond B-3 too!). It was enough to convince me why he has so many devotees in the ABB community.

Cloudy Knight October 7, 2013, 12:04:51

Does PM stand for pre-menstrual? Because that’s what your comment sounds like.

dk70 October 7, 2013, 14:08:53

Hey PM, why don’t you ask Warren why he “wastes his time” with ABB and Phil Lesh.

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