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Warren Haynes Talks New Gov’t Mule Album, Allmans, Symphonic Jerry Tour

One of the biggest jam band festivals of the summer kicked off yesterday. Mountain Jam, held at Hunter Mountain in New York, is curated by guitarist/singer Warren Haynes, who is front man of Gov’t Mule, a member of the Allman Brothers Band, and a solo artist.

The festival is only one of many things Haynes has on his mind lately: there’s also the new Gov’t Mule record, a couple shows with the Allmans, and an upcoming solo tour performing the music of Jerry Garcia backed by local symphony orchestras.

Haynes discussed all of these topics and more in a recent interview with

Regarding the new Mule album, Haynes says that they have a fairly unique idea for a bonus disc that will be included with the album.

“Gov’t Mule is almost finished with a new release that we’re hoping to have out in September. The upcoming tour is called ‘Prepare To Shout,’ the record is called Shout. I also think–at the risk of sounding cliche–this is possibly the best record we’ve ever done. The band feels great, sounds great.”


— Brian Ives, 

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