Gov’T Mule

Rev­o­lu­tion Come... Rev­o­lu­tion Go... Spine­farm ✪✪✪✪ ✪

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What do you do when you’re on a break from The All­man Broth­ers? You form your own band and cre­ate mu­sic his­tory! So it was in 1994 when War­ren Haynes put Gov’t Mule to­gether; 23 years and 16 al­bums later, Rev­o­lu­tion Come… Rev­o­lu­tion Go… seeks to ad­dress the cur­rent state of pol­i­tics in the band’s USA back­yard. And the Mule ain’t happy! The recording ses­sions be­gan in Austin, Texas on elec­tion day, Novem­ber 2016 and many of the CD’s 12 tracks com­men­tate on the some­what un­ex­pected and con­tro­ver­sial re­sult. The al­bum kicks off with Stone Cold Rage whose gui­tar riff doesn’t hide its ag­gres­sion, be­fore set­tling into some in­cen­di­ary South­ern blues. But this is more than a mere protest al­bum; the band kicks up a storm on The Man I Want To Be with its epic gui­tar solo, while Trav­el­ling Tune and Sarah Sur­ren­der are pure boo­gie. The most sig­nif­i­cant cut, per­haps, is the closer, a take on Blind Wil­lie John­son’s Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground, with lyrics penned by Haynes which en­rich the brood­ing mys­tique of the orig­i­nal, a copy of which is cur­rently in in­ter­stel­lar space aboard the Voy­ager space­craft. Back on earth, the band is tour­ing the UK later in the year, and we can’t wait!

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