Gov’t Mule makes its triumphant return to the stage with a leading show Warren Haynes‘hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, on Friday. The outdoor show at recovery station saw the Southern rockers host a number of special guests throughout the night, including drummer Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit) and guitarist mike barnes (Derek Trucks, John Scofield).
Friday’s event marked Mule’s first time on stage since Haynes fractured his shoulder blade in Costa Rica in March. The shoulder injury forced the band to miss their entire spring tour, including a spot at the SweetWater 420 Festival The Thursday pre-party, which the group had organized after me. retired after guitarist chuck garveylast fall’s stroke. Although Haynes was set to play on Friday, that couldn’t be said for Mule’s rest as bassist. Jörgen Carlsson missed the show due to a positive COVID test. Kevin Scott (John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring, Wednesday Night Titans) took his place for the duration of the concert.
The show kicked off with a set of rising hometown favorites Travers Fraternity. Led by the titular Travers brothers Eric (drums, vocals) and Kyle (guitar, vocals), the group organized its second concert with its new formation composed of the keyboardist Marcus White and bassist Olivier Forest alongside a trumpeter horn section Alex Bradleysaxophonist Kyle Candle snufferand Jonathan Lloydwho doubles up on trombone and auxiliary percussion, as well as saxophonist Well Colvinwho was on hand for Friday’s performance.
Asheville native son Warren Haynes was greeted by a sold-out crowd when Mule took the stage, opening with “Thorazine Shuffle.” The first set tackled the band’s extensive catalog with versions of “Mule”, “Larger Than Life”, “Banks of the Deep End”, and more. Gov’t Mule has closed the first frame with its patented version Junior well‘ “Snatch It Back And Hold It” – featuring the original “Hold It Back” jam breakdown – premiered last year Heavy Loaded Blues.
As the sun set in western North Carolina, the stars came out for the second set, starting with Sipe who took part in the opening cover of Funkadelic‘s “Maggot Brain”. The covers continued after Sipe left with Neil Young“Cortez The Killer”, followed by a return to Warren Allman Brothers Group days with “Soulshine” for a stellar trio of songs to start the second picture. Later, Haynes clashed with Barnes on “Sco-Mule” before a take on howling wolf“I asked him for water” closed the second set. Returning to the Salvage Station stage once again, Gov’t Mule ended the show with Splashback Clearwater Revival“Effigy”.
Check out a photo gallery of Gov’t Mule and Travers Brothership at Salvage Station courtesy of Steve Wittenberg/MeanPony Productions and a collection of fan-shot videos from YouTube user Got Mule? Full audio from the Travers Brothership set is available thanks to the Zmanatl typer. The Gov’t Mule tour continues June 7 in Jefferson City, MO. For tickets and a full list of tour dates, go here.
Travers Brothership – Salvage Station – Asheville, North Carolina – 03/06/22
Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Recovery station | Asheville, North Carolina | 06/03/22
Set One: Thorazine Shuffle, Mule, Larger Than Life, Banks of the Deep End, Make It Rain, Gameface, Snatch It Back And Hold It -> Hold It Back -> Snatch It Back And Hold It
Set 2: Maggot Brain Cortez The Killer, Soulshine, Wanna Break Someone’s House, Sco-Mule I asked him for water
Kevin Scott on bass throughout the show. with Jeff Sipe  with Mike Barnes