Govâ€™t Mule â€” the wildly creative and fearsomely talented rock band has completed work on â€˜By A Threadâ€™. Their first studio album in three years, it is slated for release in October with a special presale beginning today.
This is Govâ€™t Muleâ€™s eighth studio album, and first with new bassist Jorgen Carlsson. This album was recorded over the first few months of this year, and the recording process was captured via Blog, Photos and Video at www.mule.net/inthestudio.
Now a quartet, lead by lead guitarist Warren Haynes, joined by drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis and new bassist Jorgen Carlsson, the band is planning a full-scale summer of activity, with nearly 40 dates in the U.S. alone, to be followed by additional touring plans in the fall.
Recorded largely in the Texas Hill Country at Willie Nelsonâ€™s Pedernales Studio in 2009, the albumâ€™s origins are apparent from the first track, â€œBroke Down On The Brazos,â€ named after the nearby river, with a deep Texas stomp for the backbeat and featuring the trademark guitar-work of ZZ Top founder Billy Gibbons. Perhaps less descriptively named, â€œSteppinâ€™ Lightlyâ€ is another burner, set off by the soulful vocals and mind-bending guitar work of Haynes, who proves anew why Rolling Stone named him one of the Top 25 guitarists of all time.
â€œThis record feels like weâ€™re moving between the future and the past,â€ says Haynes. â€œAt heart, it feels like weâ€™re breaking new ground without forgetting our roots.â€
Other highlights include the lament â€œRailroad Boy,â€ informed by both Celtic tradition and the Mississippi Delta; the expansive psych-rock of â€˜Monday Mourning Meltdownâ€; and the optimistic â€˜Frozen Fear,â€ with its lush harmony and even a hint of rocksteady skank.
Marked by incredible critical and fan support â€” theyâ€™ve had over 2 million paid song downloads through their site MuleTracks â€” Govâ€™t Mule has released nearly a dozen acclaimed and bestselling albums while emerging as a major touring force, routinely headlining festivals, amphitheatres and pavilions. A full slate of summer dates have already been announced, with stops including Bonnaroo and Haynesâ€™ own Mountain Jam festival at the end of May, with additional dates planned for September and beyond.
In recent months, Haynes has been busy in his other dual roles as guitarist and singer for The Allman Brothers, who recently wrapped an epic stand 15 night stand at NYCâ€™s Beacon, and The Dead.
Govâ€™t Mule – â€œBy A Threadâ€
1. Broke Down On The Brazos 6:19
2. Steppinâ€™ Lightly 7:10
3. Railroad Boy 5:03
4. Monday Mourning Meltdown 8:08
5. Gordon James 3:48
6. Any Open Window 4:45
7. Frozen Fear 5:48
8. Forevermore 4:17
9. Inside Outside Woman Blues #3 9:04
10. Scenes From A Troubled Mind 723
11. World Wake Up 5:54