Saturday, November 11, 2023

Gov't Mule @ Trianon, Paris - November 11th, 2023

While initially a side gig for Allman Brothers Band members Warren Haynes and the late Allen Woody, Gov't Mule has transcended labels, becoming legendary in the Jam Band scene and Southern Rock. But trying to pigeonhole them into any genre is like trying to fit a wild mustang into a corral... it ain't gonna work. Their arsenal of musical styles includes Hard Rock, Jazz Fusion, Soul, Funk, Psychedelia, Prog Rock, and Country, all built upon the foundation of the Blues. Armed with their excellent latest record, "Peace... Like A River," the band demonstrated why they're perpetual purveyors of musical excellence.

The addition of bass virtuoso Kevin Scott elevated the performance to new heights. His intricate, bustling bass lines acted as the ideal counterpart to Warren Haynes' guitar heroics, creating a dynamic synergy that pulsed through the venue. 

I have yet to attend a sub-par Gov't Mule show. That's because Gov't Mule doesn't do mediocre. They don't do "good." They do phenomenal, mind-blowing, leave-you-speechless performances. Last night was no exception. They hit it out of the park, and then some. Highlighted by a spectacular and tastefully psychedelic light show, they played songs from their whole repertoire, ending by a perfect trifecta of Mule classics: Bad Little Doggie, Blind Man In The Dark, and Soulshine, the beautiful, epic ballad Haynes wrote for the Allmans.

Now, for my perennial gripe, one that's been echoing for years: making a Gov't Mule show an all-seated affair should be classified as a crime against rhythm and groove. The crowd's collective yearning to dance, to groove, to vibe is palpable. Attending a Mule show and remaining confined to a seat is like putting a leash on a tornado – it just doesn't make sense.

As the final notes echoed through the venue, I couldn't help but think: If this is the closest thing to a religious experience, well, call me a devout disciple of the Mule, preaching the gospel of good music, great vibes, and the undeniable need to let the crowd dance! Praise be to the Mule, and may the groove be with you!


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