Rock fans rejoice! Legendary torchbearers, Gov’t Mul are returning to Bluesfest! Hot off the back of the release of a new archival album entitled The Tel-Star Sessions which is the band’s very first, and never-before-released, demos made in June 1994 at Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, Florida.
Recorded during the infancy of Gov’t Mule, the demos heard on The Tel-Star Sessions are from a time when Mule was an adventurous side project, formed during a year when Warren Haynes and Allen Woody had some down time from their work with the Allman Brothers Band. Becoming one of the most enduring, respected and active bands in the world was the furthest thing from the band's imagination; the plan was to record a low-budget album and play a few shows.
These newly mixed and mastered recordings feature the original line-up: Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts. “Having listened to them recently, for the first time in decades, a big smile came over my face. These recordings capture the rawness and excitement of the earliest stage of Gov’t Mule,” explains Haynes. It's now clear that they had stumbled upon something special, but at that point Mule was an experimental rock trio: Haynes, Woody and drummer Matt Abts, who Haynes brought in after playing with him in the Dickey Betts Band.
Gov't Mule has showcased its virtuosity, intelligence and breadth for more than two decades, which have encompassed 15 studio and live albums, millions of album and track sales and thousands of performances. The band has become a human encyclopedia of timeless American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound. Their many fans at Bluesfest will relish the chance to hear their early improvisational interplay, an impressive skill that has since become a signature of Gov't Mule's albums and live shows.
“Gov’t Mule is an essential, iconic American band” – Guitar World
“Nothing short of extraordinary” – Guitar Player
“Warren Haynes’ resume would make even the most elite guitarist flush with envy” Premiere Guitar
GOV'T MULE ARE PLAYING BLUESFEST ON THURSDAY 29TH & FRIDAY 30TH MARCH