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The original leaders of Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, were well known to Allman Brothers fans for their stint in Southern rock's most famous native sons. In 1989, Haynes became the second replacement for Duane Allman, providing a good foil for Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts on guitar and vocals; Woody filled out the Allman sound on bass. Five years after their debut, the duo joined drummer Matt Abts in the side project Gov't Mule, a band in which the Allman Brothers' influence was apparent but complicated with the psychedelic, bluesy power trio feel of Cream. Gov't Mule debuted in 1995 with a self-titled album on Capricorn Records, followed by the stellar concert date Live at Roseland Ballroom. The studio follow-up, Dose, appeared in early 1998; another concert set, Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends, followed a year later, with the complete show appearing as a four-disc limited-edition set. A new studio effort, Life Before Insanity, appeared in early 2000. A vital member of the band was lost, however, on August 26, 2000, when Woody was found dead in a hotel room in New York City. The band had been preparing to record its next album, and after a time, Gov't Mule finally decided to carry on with the project, this time with guest bassists ranging from Flea to Bootsy Collins. The two-volume Deep End series for ATO Records was the result. Phish bassist Mike Gordon also got involved in the project, filming the recording of the albums for a planned documentary. In mid-September 2001, the group hit the road for a six-week tour in support of Deep End, Vol. 1; Oteil Burbridge filled in as bassist for most of the dates. The second volume of Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends appeared in 2002, and the Deepest End: Live in Concert CD and DVD in 2003. One year later saw the release of Déjà Voodoo, Gov't Mule's first studio effort since Woody's death. It featured his official replacement, bassist Andy Hess, as well as new keyboardist Danny Louis. The same lineup released High & Mighty in 2006. The two-volume Benefit Concert series followed in 2007. In 2009, Gov't Mule issued By a Thread, their first studio album in three years. Hess was replaced by bassist Jorgen Carlsson, and the album featured a guest appearance by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons. In 2010, the Evil Teen imprint issued Mulennium, a three-disc package that commemorated Gov't Mule's complete 1999 New Year's Eve concert at Atlanta's historic Roxy Theatre with the band's original lineup. The concert also included guest appearances by the Black Crowes, Little Milton, and Audley Freed. After an extended recording break in which Haynes recorded his first solo album, Gov't Mule returned to the studio. Shout was issued in September of 2013. It contained 11 new songs, and was accompanied by a bonus disc that featured a host of guest vocalists (including Toots Hibbert, Jim James, Dr. John, Steve Winwood, and Elvis Costello) fronting the band on different versions of the same tracks. In 2014, Haynes and Abts began to commemorate the band's 20th anniversary with a series of archival recordings. The first, Dark Side of the Mule, featured 90 minutes of Pink Floyd covers and three hours of music and video recorded on Halloween 2008 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. It appeared late in 2014 and was followed by Sco-Mule, a set compiled from two in-the-vault recordings of a 1999 live date with guest jazz guitarist John Scofield. In the spring of 2015, the band released Dub Side of the Mule, a document of their fabled New Year's Eve 2006 performance at the Beacon Theater in New York. The multiple-disc release included an hour-long reggae set with Toots Hibbert, and guest appearances from Gregg Allman and John Popper. In the spring of 2016, Evil Teen announced the archival release, The Tel-Star Sessions. It contained newly mixed and mastered versions of the original trio's earliest -- and never previously released -- 1994 demos, cut at Tel-Star Studios in Florida in 1994. The first single, a cover of ZZ Top’s "Just Got Paid," was released to the internet upon announcement, and was followed by the ten-track album in September. ~ John Bush & Thom Jurek
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Albums by
Gov't Mule

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    Blind Man in the Dark

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    Just Got Paid

    15 songs

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    The Tel-Star Sessions

    14 songs

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    Dark Side of the Mule (Standard Edition)

    11 songs

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    By a Thread

    15 songs

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    By A Thread

    13 songs

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    Mighty High

    12 songs

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    High & Mighty

    12 songs

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    Deja Voodoo

    13 songs

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    The Deep End, Vol. 1

    11 songs

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    Dose

    11 songs

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    Life Before Insanity

    17 songs

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    The Deep End, Vol. 2

    1 song

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    By A Thread

    1 song

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    Funny Little Tragedy

    1 song

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    By A Thread

    45 songs

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    Dub Side of the Mule [Deluxe]

    12 songs

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    Dub Side of the Mule [2015]

    26 songs

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    Mulennium (Live at the Roxy, Atlanta GA 31 Dec 1999)

    12 songs

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    Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends

    40 songs

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    The Deepest End: Live in Concert

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    Live at Roseland Ballroom

    24 songs

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    Dark Side of the Mule

    65 songs

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    The Georgia Bootleg Box

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Broke Down on the Brazos
  3.   Soulshine
  4.   Frozen Fear
  5.   Hard to Handle
  6.   30 Days in the Hole
  7.   I'm a Ram
  8.   Bad Little Doggie
  9.   Railroad Boy
  10.   Thorazine Shuffle
  11.   Mr. High & Mighty
  12.   Cortez the Killer
  13.   War Pigs
  14.   Bad Man Walking
  15.   Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Pts. 1 - 5
  16.   Simple Man
  17.   Dazed And Confused
  18.   Perfect Shelter
  19.   The Shape I'm In
  20.   Steppin' Lightly
  21.   Fearless
  22.   Wine and Blood
  23.   Comfortably Numb
  24.   Don't Step on the Grass, Sam
  25.   I Shall Be Released
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