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21st Century Schizoid Mule

As Gov't Mule release an album of Pink Floyd covers, the band's Warren Haynes praises the progressive music that inspired him

“In 1971 there was all this amazing guitar music coming out,” enthuses Warren Haynes. “My two older brothers had turned me on to Clapton in his Cream era, Hendrix, Johnny Winter, and then I started playing myself. It was an amazing time.”

While he subsequently became renowned for his fretwork with groups including Southern rock stalwarts the Allman Brothers, there’s a palpable sense of teenage dreams coming true on the latest release from his own hard-working, good-time blues rock band.

Haynes formed Gov’t Mule back in 1994 with bassist Allen Woody, and though Woody died all too young in 2000, the Mule endured, and have gone on to release over a dozen albums and establish themselves as a formidable live act  Their annual New Year’s Eve bashes are the full, four-hour hootenany (they’ll be seeing 2014 out at New York’s Beacon Theater, armed with a set of AC/DC tunes and fronted by one Myles Kennedy). Their themed Halloween concerts have become real events on the fan calendar too. They might throw in a whole set of Hendrix one year, Led Zeppelin the next, maybe the Stones. It was Neil Young’s turn this past October 31, and back in 2008 it was Pink Floyd’s turn to get the Mule treatment. 

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