Members Of The Magpie Salute Join Gov’t Mule To Honor Aretha Franklin In Charlotte


On Friday night Gov’t Mule kicked off the back half of their Summer Tour with a gig at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina. The jam-titans delivered a lengthy one-set show that saw them team up with members of The Magpie Salute to honor the late Aretha Franklin during their encore.

Warren Haynes & Co. got their night in the Queen City going with the pairing of “Traveling Tune” > “Thorazine Shuffle.” The band reached back for the old-school “Mule” next, before serving up “Pressure Under Fire” from their most recent studio album “Revolution Come…Revolution Go.” “Banks Of The Deep End” came ahead of “Larger Than Life,” which segued into Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 Was 9” before returning back to the Dose track. Mule welcomed out their first guest of the night next as Asheville-based guitarist Mike Barnes lent a hand on a cover of Billy Cobham’s “Stratus.”

Later on, the four-piece band would work in teases of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” and the Allman Brothers Band’s “Les Brers In A Minor” during a take on “Mr. Man.” While Mule would bring their 18-song main set to a close with a segue-filled run on “Blind Man In The Dark” > “Bring On The Music” > “Traveling Tune.”

When the band emerged for their encore they were joined by Rich Robinson, Marc Ford, Matt Slocum and John Hogg of The Magpie Salute, who served as the night’s opening act. The ad-hoc ensemble banded together to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin by offering a take on “Chain Of Fools.” Hogg and Haynes teamed up to sing lead on the track from the Queen of Soul’s 1968’s release Lady Soul that the Gov’t Mule frontman prefaced by saying they would play until they pulled the plug on them.