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Published: 2014/08/25

Johnny Neel Joins Gov’t Mule in Chattanooga

Gov’t Mule welcomed out an old friend, Johnny Neel, for the final few songs of their set at Chattanooga’s Southern Brewers Festival on Saturday night. Neel sat in on “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home” and the set-closing “Soulshine,” which featured a bit of Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey.” Neel returned with Mule for the one-song encore of “Goin’ Out West.”

Neel and Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes were both members in the Allman Brothers Band in 1989 and 1990. Much like Haynes, the keyboardist was also a member of Dickey Betts’ band in the 80s and has collaborated with his former group from time to time over the years. Neel is also a member of the Mule side project Blue Floyd.

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

Gov’t Mule
Southern Brewers Festival Riverfront Parkway, Chattanooga, TN

World Boss > Steppin’ Lightly, Blind Man In The Dark, Broke Down On The Brazos > Tributary Jam, Banks Of The Deep End, Mule (with Shakedown Street Tease) > Whole Lotta Love >
Mule, Thorazine Shuffle (with 2001 Tease) > Funny Little Tragedy (with Message In A Bottle Lyrics), Thorazine Shuffle Reprise, Whisper In Your Soul, Railroad Boy, Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home*, Soulshine* > Tupelo Honey* >

Enc: Going Out West*

Notes: *with Johnny Neel



There are 4 comments associated with this post

daddylegba August 25, 2014, 15:20:57

Per Mulebase it looks like Johnny Neel’s last performance with Mule was 11.9.03 in Nashville. That is a long stretch of no sit-ins for a man that toured with Mule in the spring of 2000. Good to see Johnny the other night. I was shocked as I knew it had been a while. Long live Brian Farmer. That man was really funny…and very dedicated to Warren. I feel awful for Warren losing another best friend almost 14 years to the day of Woody’s death. Crazy!!

M August 25, 2014, 19:21:43

Johnny Neel and Matt abts (on drums!) are also the band X2.

chris August 25, 2014, 20:06:43

Neel and Abts also played together in Deep Fried.

todd August 26, 2014, 10:42:35

That is incorrect daddyleg as Johnny sat in with Mule at Ryman in September of 2013.

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