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Published: 2014/05/03

Gov’t Mule Welcome Thirty-Six Guests in New Orleans

Photo: Dino Perrucci

As the Gov’t Mule Twitter stated following the band’s show in New Orleans last night, “Never miss a NOLA Mule show.” Over the course of the evening at NOLA’s Saenger Theatre, the band would trot out 36 guests in all to add their talents to Mule originals as well as covers.

The night kicked off with a “John the Revelator” with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band horns, a theme Mule would hit on throughout the night—bringing out various horn sections to bolster their sound. Former ABB keyboardist Chuck Leavell and The Blind Boys of Alabama came out a few songs later in the first set for the staple “Soulshine.” Leavell would stay out and be joined by Steven Bernstein, Doug Weiselman, Kevin Harris, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville and Alecia Chakour for Joe Cocker’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” Don Was and Devon Allman would jump on stage with a similar ensemble for “Ventilator Blues” as well.

After a pair of Mule songs without guests, the band kept things rolling with an appearance from guitar legend Johnny Winter and Paul Nelson for “Don’t Want No Woman” and “Dust My Broom.” The band would play “Thorazine Shuffle” by themselves before closing the set with Trombone Shorty and The Dickinson Brothers on a high energy version of “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.”

After the first set featured upwards of 25 guests in total, the second would start with just Mule for two songs—“World Boss” and “Scared to Live.” Warren then reached into his Dead repertoire with some help from Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr., Alecia Chakour and The Shady Horns on “Sugaree.” All four guests would hang around for the next tune, “City of New Orleans,” as Little Feat’s Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett along with G Love joined the revolving cast.

While they had Barrere and Tackett on stage, the band (along with George Porter Jr. and The Shady Horns) performed a cover of Little Feat’s “Spanish Moon.” On James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s World,” Eric Krasno, Charles Bradley and The Shady Horns all sat-in. The smallest ensemble of the evening followed with frequent Clapton and Jimmy Buffet collaborator Sonny Landreth playing some slide guitar on the Allman Brothers’ “Dreams.”

The set closed with the old blues number “32/30 Blues” with Smoky Greenwell, Landreth and Ed Williams. Landreth would return for the closer, “Cortez the Killer,” which was preceded by another appearance from Krasno, Bradley and The Shady Horns on Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain.”

Dino Perrucci shared some images from the show below.

Here’s a look at the setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section:

Gov’t Mule
Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA

Set I: John The Revelator*, Broke Down On The Brazos, Steppin’ Lightly, Gameface (with Birdland & Mountain Jam Teases), Railroad Boy, Soulshine^, You Can Leave Your Hat On^^, Ventilator Blues%, No Reward, Captured, Don’t Want No Woman%%, Dust My Broom%%, Thorazine Shuffle, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home&

Set II: World Boss, Scared To Live, Sugaree&&, City Of New Orleans^^^, Spanish Moon^^^^, It’s A Man’s World$$$, Dreams$$$$, 32/20 Blues%%%

Enc: Maggot Brain$$$$ > Cortez The Killer$$$$

Notes: *with Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horns
^with The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Chuck Leavell
^^with Steven Bernstein, Doug Weiselman, Kevin Harris, Erik Lawrence, Chuck Leavell, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville & Alecia Chakour
%with Steven Bernstein, Doug Weiselman, Kevin Harris, Erik Lawrence, Chuck Leavell, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Don Was & Devon Allman
%%with Johnny Winter & Paul Nelson
&with Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Luther Dickinson & Cody Dickinson
&&with Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr., Alecia Chakour & The Shady Horns
^^^with Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr., Alecia Chakour, Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett, G-Love & The Shady Horns
^^^^with George Porter Jr., Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett & The Shady Horns
$$$with Eric Krasno, Charles Bradley & The Shady Horns
$$$$with Sonny Landreth
%%%with Smoky Greenwell, Sonny Landreth & Ed Williams



There are 18 comments associated with this post

pm May 3, 2014, 11:34:08

don’t get any better than this folks, Govt Mule is thee best band on the “jam” scene today y’all need to Get behind the Mule

TulsaDude May 3, 2014, 12:10:50

The Mule alw…hell…WARREN always brings it. What a setlist and guestlist. Wow.

miss the good ole mule trio May 3, 2014, 12:34:16

There is still nothig like the original MULE ! Just the 3!!

Jamb714 May 3, 2014, 13:24:21

Happy to see Johnny Winters getting into the mix, and being expose to people who may otherwise not have an opportunity to experience his music. I think that he deserves much more recognition for his contribution to rock and roll music!! He’s a true legend , and I would like to personally thank Warren for exposing him to the masses. My only hope is that I make enough money this summer to join Warren and family, with special guess Johnny Winters in Jamaica. I’ve been seeing Johnny since I was in 6th grade ( I’m 44 now) and mule since their incarnation in ’94. It was in a bar with about 500 people, and the last time I saw Johnny it was the same. Now both groups are much more than a bar band. Thanks again Warren, I was raised on rock, rock on sweet Papa John!!!

burning_beard May 3, 2014, 15:13:06

and THAT’S the way it’s done folks!!
no need for antics. just let the music be the show.

Rex A. Brock May 3, 2014, 15:47:43

This set list is not correct. Maggot Brain was never played

what May 3, 2014, 19:51:57

that is just epic. Warren has the most pull in the scene today

Enrico Caruso May 3, 2014, 22:51:27

Fitting that a cover of a James Brown song was included as Warren has inherited the late James Brown’s title as “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business”.

I was there May 4, 2014, 06:21:39

Rex A Brock doesn’t know shit, Maggot Brain was most definitely played, into Cortez, which is pretty unbelievable! I get those two mixed up on the first 30 seconds almost every time.

Rick Jurgens May 4, 2014, 07:27:41

Screw you haters that want the old Mule…..this is one of the most incredible nites of misic you will ever see/hear.
Even when there are no guests the soul and heart that Danny Louis brings is immeasurable. I will take nothing away from Allen Woody, but Jorgan Carlsson is an awesome bassist that holds his own anywhere. A nite for the books!! I would have loved to have been there. As soon as I am near a computor I will be downloading this incredible performance from NOLA

soywaker May 4, 2014, 10:49:34

I was at The Deepest End concert at the Saenger 10 years ago. This set list looks awesome, but I wouldnt trade it for that night. Look it up if you dont know it. Unexpected and amazing 5 hour show with special guests galore. Hope all who went had a great time!

pm May 4, 2014, 12:12:26

Danny Louis is great! 3 or 4 who cares its all good

Franko May 4, 2014, 17:11:02

“ You can leave your hat on” is a Randy Newman song ?

jeffrey ross May 4, 2014, 18:17:35

Yeah he wrote that along with Mama told me not to come. Great songwriter some just don’t like his voice or maybe the tempo of the songs, but went on to be hits for others.

Chris May 4, 2014, 22:03:54

He’s good but I’d never say he’s the best in the jam scene, not even close. Trey Owns that spot, come on ppl

Chris May 4, 2014, 22:03:54

He’s good but I’d never say he’s the best in the jam scene, not even close. Trey Owns that spot, come on ppl

Lash LaRue May 5, 2014, 06:27:47

Chris, it is a matter of taste and opinion. Say you like baked potatoes and I like them mashed. They both are good.

lolTrey May 13, 2014, 12:53:44

“Trey owns the spot” as best in the jam scene? How is that? Dude consistently shits the bed.
He’s the least exciting member of the band now. Trey can’t even out Dad-rock Steely Dan.

Noodles May 13, 2014, 15:51:23

What do you mean ‘out Dad-rock’ ? Just wondering… Because he is a dad or because he is a fixture on the scene for decades? Isn’t it then ‘out Grandpop Rock’ , apparently us 40 + year olds are sooo old… Haha! With the age comes wisdom, aches and … Well, More aches. Oh, and responsibility. Enjoy the music!

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