Gov’t Mule Welcomes Guests & Goes Heavy On Covers For Island Exodus Opening Night

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On Saturday, Gov’t Mule kicked off the ninth installment of their destination festival Island Exodus, which is taking place at The Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. This year’s edition featured Mule playing three full two-set shows, Warren Haynes performing a solo show as well as three shows from JJ Grey & Mofro. The Southern-jam titans played their first last night welcoming out a number of guests and going covers-heavy over the course of two sets.

The four-piece act got their first of six sets underway with “Railroad Boy,” a traditional song that has been recorded by the likes of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, that Mule recorded for their 2009 release By A Thread. Two songs later the band delivered their take on Creedence Clearwater Rival’s “Effigy” that featured a jam on Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” in the middle of it. Haynes & Co. than reached all the way back to their 1995 self-titled release for “Trane” that saw them tease The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” which segued into another tune from the Fab Four as they served up “And Your Bird Can Sing” before returning back to “Trane.” Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “Eternity’s Breath” followed with Mule nodding to their tropical location with a reggae version of “Trane” and a jam on the Grateful Dead’s “St. Stephen” closing out the first frame.

The jam stalwarts welcomed their first guest of the night as former Black Crowes guitarist and longtime Mule collaborator Audley Freed joined them to kick off the second set that went heavy on Southern Rock songs. The band, who would welcome saxophonist Ron Holloway, The Better Half Singers and Jen Gunderman throughout the set, started things off with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” which was followed Neil Young’s “Southern Man.” Warren looked to his days with the Allman Brothers Band next as the band reeled off a string of ABB staples with “Come & Go Blues,” “Statesboro Blues” and “Blue Sky.” “Sco-Mule” followed, with Gov’t Mule turning to their reggae-tinged release Mighty High for their take on The Rolling Stones’ “Play With Fire.” Mule closed out their night with another pair of covers offering up Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro-Blue” and Dave Mason’s “Sad & Deep As You,” returning for a one-song encore delivering another Stones tune turning to their 1971 release Sticky Fingers for “Brown Sugar.”

Set 1: Railroad Boy, Which Way Do We Run, Effigy > Folsom Prison Blues Jam > Effigy, Temporary Saint, Trane* > And Your Bird Can Sing > Trane > Eternity’s Breath > Reggae Trane > St. Stephen Jam

Set 2: Simple Man**, Southern Man***, Come & Go Blues**, Statesboro Blues****, Blue Sky**, Sco-Mule*****, Play With Fire^, Afro-Blue^^ > Sad & Deep As You^^

Encore: Brown Sugar^^^

* with Norwegian Wood (The Beatles) tease, ** with Audley Freed, *** with Audley Freed & Machan Taylor, **** with Audley Freed & Jen Gunderman, ***** with Ron Holloway, ^ with Ron Holloway, The Better Half Singers & Jen Gunderman, ^^ with Ron Holloway, ^^^ with Audley Freed, Ron Holloway, The Better Half Singers & Jen Gunderman

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