Gov't Mule New Bassist Band Welcomes Jorgen Carlsson

New Bassist Jorgen Carlsson To Debut on Fall Tour

The New Gov't Mule by Jay Blakesberg
Balancing evocative songs and expressive improvisation, Gov't Mule is a band rooted in both the personal and musical chemistry between its members. "It's not one of those groups that can make a change overnight," explains founding guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes. It is only after six months of rehearsing, jamming, and hanging out with bassist Jorgen Carlsson that he has been added to the band as their new permanent bass player, replacing Andy Hess, who joined in 2003.

When founding bassist Allen Woody passed away in 2000, Haynes explains, "We were faced with the daunting task of replacing a one-of-a-kind musician, which I'm sure was intimidating for Andy, who did a wonderful job and brought his own personality into the music. Jorgen's style is somewhere between Woody's and Andy's. He brings some of Woody's aggressive spirit back although he is very much his own man." Carlsson was born in Sweden and has been active as a session musician and studio owner since arriving in the U.S. in 1991.

Founded by Haynes, Woody, and drummer Matt Abts in 1994 as a power-trio, Gov't Mule has, over the course of eight studio albums, several more live projects, and over 1300 concert performances, built both an extensive, evolving body of work and a devoted fan base. In addition, the band has sold 1.5 million downloads on its website, sold over one million albums, and received a Grammy nomination. Keyboardist Danny Louis joined as a full-time member in 2003. With Hess leaving to pursue other opportunities, Haynes sees the addition of Jorgen as connecting the past and future of Gov't Mule: "Having worked with Jorgen over the last several months, we are very excited to explore some new directions while at the same time going back a little closer to our roots."

On September 16, Gov't Mule will release the double live DVD The Tale of Two Cities, which spans the entire preceding era of the band with Andy Hess on bass. It is composed of two complete shows filmed the first date of the fall 2004 Deja Voodoo tour and the last date of the winter 2006 High and Mighty tour.

Gov't Mule's Kinder Revolution fall tour begins on October 30 and runs through November 22, and includes performances on Halloween at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, two night stands at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis and the Fillmore in San Francisco, shows at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, the Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford, CT, and more. Following the tour, Gov't Mule will, for the seventh year in a row, celebrate the new year with a series of performances in New York City: two acoustic shows on December 27 and 28 at the Angel Orensanz Center in the Lower East Side, then two electric shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom on December 30 and 31, with the New Year's Eve show featuring the traditional three sets.

Check out JamBase's exclusive interview with Warren Haynes on JamBaseTV.

[Published on: 9/15/08]

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akeay Mon 9/15/2008 03:50PM
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Although I admittedly don't know of Mr. Carlsson's work, I must say that my initial reaction is that this completely sucks. Andy Hess was incredible, especially during the past two years. He really came into his own on High and Mighty and the Mule kicked it to a whole new level after that album came out. They had a fresh sound and new excitement. I'm gonna go listen to the coda on Brand New Angel and think about what might have been with this band. This new guy better be good Warren! Not that you've made too many bad decisions, but I'm taking this with a healthy dose of skepticism. Best of luck Andy - you frickin' rocked it with these guys. Last November's shows at the Fillmore in SF were some of the best I've ever seen.

SnapHappy Mon 9/15/2008 04:41PM
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This band is miss'n Woody a sumth'n fierce, bring back the power trio!

canoftunapudding Mon 9/15/2008 05:07PM
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what What?

Jeff Kash star Mon 9/15/2008 05:33PM
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stealin Mon 9/15/2008 05:52PM
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everything is cool. Andy is an intense guy, way into get out and vote. Obama! this time round. and he has been replaced. I am not that surprised, actually I am excited, Mule has a torch too, and it burns brightly.

Emo Mon 9/15/2008 05:54PM
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what? that's not cool. are they taking high and mighty and mighty high off the store shelves? those are basically Andy's years with the mule and his input to the band all wrapped into two disks. If he went back to the Crowes they would have 3/5th of a decent band...

jewadamandtheisraelites Mon 9/15/2008 06:02PM
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FreeHawk Mon 9/15/2008 06:20PM
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wow didn't see this one coming.

Luthur Mon 9/15/2008 06:25PM
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What the heck happened to Andy Hess? Did he leave on his own or was he booted?

King Rhino star Mon 9/15/2008 06:49PM
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Jorgen Carlsson. Apparently did time in some "collective" band from LA called Low Millions released one album on Manhattan Records called EX-GIRLFRIENDS. Kind of makes me wonder if Mr. Haynes wasn't that nice of a guy to work for .....

theheadchangers Mon 9/15/2008 07:38PM
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Maybe Andy Hess just doesn't like to play in good bands. He did quit John Scofield's band back in 2003 after after short stint as well.

jewadamandtheisraelites Mon 9/15/2008 07:41PM
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Well... I guess I'll reserve judgement until I actually see this new guy.

Jake Mon 9/15/2008 08:34PM
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Granted, Andy Hess was amazing... case in point, "Thorazine Shuffle" from Mountain Jam last year... but let's be open-minded, guys. Warren knows his shit & I don't think he's gonna take any hooligan off the street. And to that guy that said they're gonna take "High & Mighty" off the shelves... uhh... it's not like everyone stopped buying Allman Bros records when Dickey Betts left. You can't expect everything to remain the same all the time. I say let's hear what this guy has to play.

Flat5 starstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 08:47PM
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yeah maybe they just got a new bass player! I thought it was cool when they were trying to find a guy to replace Woody. They basically auditioned players live and on record. I mean, you can tell by listening to his music that Warren likes it "just right". So it doesn't suprise me at all that they got a new bass player. Ya know, there are all kinds of opportunities out there for good bassists, maybe Andy wanted to try something different. It will still be the same grit rock were all used to, don't worry.

Tpetty Mon 9/15/2008 08:52PM
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Mule's touring schedule is some as hectic as any band out there, he could have just not been made for it, who knows. The Mtn Jam crowd will certaintly miss him. Hopfully this guy can hold his own...

DaMule starstarstarstar Mon 9/15/2008 09:05PM
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Sorta sad to see andy go...he def brought his own style to mule and I'll certainly miss his playing style in the more melodic jams, but I wasnt the hugest fan of the last 2 records and want to see them return to the original, dark and nasty mule sound that made them huge. I'm looking forward to a return of the salad days of the power trio...all ya gotta do is drop one more member....

Good luck Andy, welcome Swedeborg!

JackStraw58 Mon 9/15/2008 11:15PM
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I agree Akeay. I don't truly know what to think about all this. I'm a regular on and the news has been over there for some time, but when it actually happens, it's kind of numbing. Andy's performance at Red Rocks was truly incredible. I always felt that there was a something slightly off with Andy, but he is truly one of my favorite bassist's ever. His worm dance on stage, weaving the bottom around the music is wonderful. I believe he has offered a presence that has allowed Gov't Mule to venture into areas they may not have delved into as deeply. Andy you are one of the best there is. Anywhere. This is not my only post on this matter. Red Rocks was transendental. I guess we'll see what is to come with the new guy. I know nothing of him, but trust Warren and Matt. I still say Danny and Andy have been the best things to happen to Mule ever. Woody left us for a reason, and that, in my opinion, was so they could find those two, to turn Gov't Mule into what it is today. Peace from Colorado...............JS.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Tue 9/16/2008 04:30AM
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I'm glad they went with an unknown.

D-Line Tue 9/16/2008 07:18AM
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ive been going to mule shows since the woody days and let me tell you there was nothing like that 3 piece monster sound they had just warren woody and matt. Woody was truley unreplaceable. when woody died they auditioned so many bass players, i remember going to 3 or 4 shows alone where they had like 8 or 9 bass players to play, it was awesome, then when they finally announced that andy would be the full time guy, i was sooo disapointed, i felt they picked the worst guy of the 12 or 15 they played with ( i also hate black crows so..) i thought jason newstead was the guy that was closest to woodys style becasue of how heavy his sound is, that walking thunder sound. now dont get me wrong andy is good, but he just never did it for me, never felt he was real mule sound. when andy became full time then they added the organ and mule got alittle too jazzy for me. so heres hoping the new guy will bring some of that old swagger back

dontpanic56 Tue 9/16/2008 07:57AM
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cloudhidden Tue 9/16/2008 08:47AM
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Andy did a decent job, BUT Allen Woody was a monster. His basslines kicked you in the face. He is loud and aggressive. Andy played way too laid back and in the pocket. Mule has been in desperate need for a bass player with some big hairy balls for a while.

You'll soon see.

futhepharmer starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/16/2008 10:03AM
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We all know that Gov't Mule finally jelled as a "band" with the second year of Andy's residence for the first time since the Woody years. He was and is a fine bass player, and The Mule was all the better for it!

billidoxfox Tue 9/16/2008 10:24AM
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It all comes down to... do you trust warren? A fusing of woody and andy would make the best bassist yet to come. A cross between Woody's energy and expressive love of music mixed with andy's jazzy rolling lines would be the best of both worlds.

iwantstogetfunkedup Tue 9/16/2008 10:53AM
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All I know is that band photo makes them look like they are about to rock some christian death metal with some covers thrown in of some '80's hair bands. I do dig the mule though, just need a different photo.

irtimed starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/16/2008 02:34PM
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Gonna miss andy for sure.. but im sure warren knows what hes doing.

onebigicygnar Tue 9/16/2008 02:36PM
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interested to see their dynamic this halloween...

Window Tue 9/16/2008 04:39PM
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The new Will Bernard album "Blue Plate Special" will be out on 9/30, and features Stanton Moore, John Medeski, and Andy Hess.

mrknowitall star Wed 9/17/2008 02:53PM
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Why!?! Warren, Why?!?

This is a tragic event in jamness!

I just dont know anymore, no more Beacon Theater and now no Andy.

Pay him the money Warren! What the hell are we going to do on Halloween?

Play Swedish Metal songs? Is Warren going Black Metal?

p25halo Thu 9/18/2008 09:28AM
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:( I suspect this was more Andy's choice than anything looking at his recent gigs and recordings ...

What a shame. The band had grown beyond spectacular recently. Locking in with Andy and Matt up at Hampton Beach over the summer was pure musical goodness ... Warren's power and finesse getting better all the time ... any of the 08 boots are gold. I for one loved where Andy brought the music.

It was too good to last maybe, I had that feeling all summer: "How can this get any better?" Sigh.

Halloween shall be interesting.

mgizmo starstarstarstar Thu 9/18/2008 07:32PM
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Sorry I didn't like Mule with Andy. I'll give em another chance with a new lineup.

n_dsgn starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/19/2008 12:49PM
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Sad and disappointing. But the new guy deserves a chance. It will be different and interesting to see Mule without him. He was a strong 1/4th of a whole. Love him or hate him, Mule wouldn't be who they are today without him. It goes far beyond Thorazine! Why are people putting this all on Warren though? Although he is the front hand man, and I'd even go as far to say that he is the face of Mule, but I'm sure this was a decision made by more than one person. I'm sure that Andy had some choice of his own in this matter. Mule will continue to blow audiences away, from the front row all the way to the back. Only now with a little twist! I'm interested to see where this will go. Good luck Andy on future ventures, and good luck to Jorgen as well, with filling a ROCKIN pair of shoes.

philhitz Mon 9/22/2008 11:00AM
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whoever said jason newstead should have been in was right on -- although i saw the mule for $5 earlier this summer & it was a fantastic show -- they do tour quite a bit & i was personally hoping for a hiatus so warren could get back out on the road w/ the dead -- that being said, could you have imagined if they would have gotten les claypool in on the act -- this is my mule fantasy -- hope the new guy is decent -- i'll check them out, for sure -- better keep danny louis around for a bit until this guy either pans out or not!

lewiscipher Mon 9/22/2008 12:45PM
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this is fucking great news! hess, while competent, was only that.i dont know new dude but warren needs someonw to challenge him musically-not just hold up the bottom end....warren and band need to bring back the interactive dynamic of a badass musicians top to bottom....cice work mix up the shet lists and we're back in biz

irtimed starstarstarstarstar Sat 9/27/2008 09:05AM
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i agree with you lewiscipher about the setlist. Time to confess and Thorazine are good songs, but they only play those in the first set now it seems.

IGuess starstarstarstar Wed 11/12/2008 04:16PM
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Saw the Mule last night in Royal Oak, MI. MAN OH MAN!!!! Jorgen is the bomb. Trying to replace Woody is impossible we know. Andy did OK. But this guy is way more rooted to the original Mule. They JAMMED. Played a whole lot of their old stuff from the "Woody Days", that I haven't heard out of them in a live show since. It was like a trip back in time. Good luck to Andy. But Jorgen is a WAY COOL bassist. Excellent choice! You will all enjoy this guy!