On November 15th I went to my first concert in over a month, the longest such stretch since before the summer, and made the two and a half hour drive to Albany. The Palace, located just off the highway welcomed me with a rainbow lighted marquee. The show started with pretty standard takes on Statesboro Blues, and Midnight Rider. Woman Across the River heated things up in the gorgeous and ornate theater built originally in 1931. Mark Quinones really brought the energy, with
Funky syncopations interspersed in toxic solos from Warren and Derek. Highlight of the night. The insanity continued with Dreams inducing great jams as the song has the habit of doing.
Melissa precipitated a second set which was a little bit more somber including Blind Willie McTell and It Stoned Me. After Les Brers, The Bass and Drum solo gave way to a Drum quartet with Oteil on Butch's kit, and Butch melting face on the typani. A sweltering Southbound ended the night. I would be remiss to not mention how good Greggs voice and playing sounded just months after his transplant.
Set I: Statesboro Blues, Midnight Rider, Come on In
My Kitchen, Woman Across The River, Dreams, Every Hungry Woman, The Sky
Is Crying, No One To Run With
Set II: Melissa, Trouble No More, Only You Know And
I Know, Blind Willie McTell, Stand Back, And It Stoned Me, Les Brers in
A Minor > Bass > Drums> Les Brers in A Minor
Enc: SouthboundAnother One for Woody gave me the kick in the pants I needed to visit my best friends from college in new york, although they didn't go to the show with me. You'd have to be a pretty big Allmans/Mule fan to be there with tickets costing as much as they did, the result was an appropriate feeling of family in the crowd. I never had the opportunity to hear Allan, but I've heard recordings and definitely feel like he's still part of Gov't Mule. It was kind of like attending calling hours of your coworker's husband you never met. You know how much they were loved and are missed, and you support the people you love. After listening to the original One for Woody, not going wasn't much of an option.
The show kicked off with an accoustic trio of Warren and his old NC friends Edwin Mcain and Kevin Kinny. These two southern songwriters didn't do any other guesting, and were strangely not really a part of the party.
Cody and Luther Dickinson took the stage as the North Mississippi Allstars Duo. These two brothers represent just about everything that is good about music. They have a great respect for traditional music but are innovative. They are talented hard workers, and most importantly get so much joy from playing music. After playing a bunch of songs together, Gordie Johnson joined for a song on bass, and after a Cody drum solo Luther moved to Bass and Gordie played guitar. They brought on a slue of guests for a rollicking Whiskey Rock N Rolla. It was on.
Government Mule started with railroad boy and blind man in the dark. Two things were clear. Danny was having a blast. While playing guitar on Steppin Lightly, he traveled the stage, making warren look like Derek Trucks in comparison, at one point executing a synchronized guitar and bass lift with Jorgen. Along with sitting in with all three bands, he did a bit of dancing and played a little valve trombone. Secondly, Warren was playing furiously. Now he always plays hard and great, but he was playing angy, punishing his guitar because he was pissed as hell that Allen wasn't beside him. Warren displayed a range of emotion, from anger to sadness, to something that was pretty close to joy. The last song Mule played sans guests was the banks of the deep end, warrens eulogy for Woody. Everybody knew the final lyric of the song 'on the banks of the deep end where i lost my best friend' was coming and that anticipation was painful. When the lyrics came, warren took his time with them, lamenting rather than reciting.
Then the guest train came and reminded warren that this was a party and he started to have a good time. The drummers from moe. played some percussion, with Gordie Johnson on guitar for the best version of im a ram im ever heard. Chuck Garvey traded places with Gordie for a fairly trippy Dear Prudence. When the boys from moe. left, the dickinsons, and hook herrera played 32/20, mule's standard sit in tune for blues players. Original Skynard drummer Artemis Pyle played some percussion, which he did for the rest of the set, with the exception of simple man in which he sat behind the kit. When you think percussionist you think Mark Quinones, or a bro like Vinnie Amico of moe. Pyle is as Southern Rock as it comes, and makes a hell of a lot more sense next to a bottle of whiskey than a conga, but he was relatively competant and just kind of hung out doing whatever. That dude's had a rough deal. He survived the plane crash that killed his Lynard Skynard bandmates, only to deal with legal issues and allegations from his family and then lose Woody. He's a character, for sure, whose drumming makes up for with enthusiasm what it lacks in nuance. I had heard Hook Herrera on recordings, but live he has amazing charisma, and like the dickinsons, he can't play without smiling. I found Rich Robinson a little underwhelming, although when he returned with the Allmans, I was more impressed.
We only have time for one more song and one more guest. Phil Lesh? Further was in town the night before. Soulshine started and after the first verse, a pretty teenage girl came to a mic at center stage. Savannah Woody sang
I grew up thinkin' that I had it made,
Gonna make it on my own.
Life can take the strongest man,
Make him feel so alone.
Now and then I feel a cold wind,
Blowin' through my achin' bones,
I think back to what my daddy said,
He said ";Girl, in the darkness before the dawn:"
When she sang the daddy said part she pointed her towards the heavens and it brought tears to everybody there man enough to cry. Watching her was pretty emotional, for everyone including Warren, Matt and Artimis, and watching them watch her, how proud they are of her, how much they love her was really just amazing. Warren hugged her mid-song and Artemis brought her a tambourine. She could have been terrible and it wouldn't have mattered, but that girls has got some pipes. 1400 people celebrating the life of your father, not to mention some of the biggest names in blues rock is a pretty tough debut gig, but Savannah absolutly nailed it, and I'm optimistic it won't be her last time performing with Gov't Mule.
After the display of energy, emotion, jams, joy, love sincerity and spontinaity it seemed doubtful that the Allmans had any chance of topping them, especially since this was the last night of their mini tour. Their half dozen or so songs without guests didn't live up to what we had just participated in. I'll take slightly subpar Allman Bros over just about anything, but they failed to match the intensity and passion of the previous set. Hook was the first guest. I had thought that a harmonica playing with guitars was like bringing a knife to a gun fight, but Hook Herrera handles his harp like a semi automatic assault rifle. Danny Luis and Audley Freed guested on the dirtiest blusiest Weight I've ever heard, that warren sung. Oteil took a rare lead vocals turn on Franklin's Tower with the moe. boys. Garvey can shred, man. After a whipping post encore, a treat since i didn't get it in albany, warren, Matt, Danny, Oteil, berry oakley jr, and artemis lead a singalong of pink floyd's wish you were hear, which couldn't have been a more appropriate end.
I wish that I had gotten a chance to see Allen Woody in person. But I feel very fortunate to have been touched by his music. Its easy to get caught up on the people we wish we had seen: Allen, Jerry, Janis and Ray Charles who played in Syracuse just months before dying, but i missed the show at a wedding in michigain. With Thanksgiving just starting I want to take the opportunity to be grateful for the wonderful musicians I have had the opportunity to see. There is music and love in my life and I am truly blessed.
Warren, Kevin Kinney, Edwin McCain
just outside of heaven
i shall be released
01 Tuning/Introduction By Warren Haynes
02 Sittin' On Top Of The World >
03 Station Blues >
04 Preachin' Blues
05 Glory Glory Hallelujah
06 Po Black Maddie/ skinny woman >
07 Straight To Hell (With Gordie Johnson)
08 Whiskey Rock N Rolla (With Artemis Pyle, Audley Freed, Robert Kearns, Danny Louis, and Gordie Johnson)
Another One For Woody Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
Railroad Boy >
Blind Man In The Dark
Banks Of The Deep End
I’m A Ram (with Gordie Johnson, Jim Loughlin & Vinnie Amico)
Dear Prudence (with Chuck Garvey, Jim Loughlin & Vinnie Amico)
32/20 Blues (with Hook Herrera, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson & Artemis Pyle)
Stay With Me (with Rich Robinson & Artemis Pyle
Sometimes Salvation with Rich Robinson, Robert Kearns & Artemis Pyle, without Jorgen Carlsson)
Simple Man (with Artemis Pyle, Audley Freed & Robert Kearns, without Matt Abts & Jorgen Carlsson)
Wishing Well (with Artemis Pyle & Audley Freed)
Soulshine (with Savannah Woody & Artemis Pyle)
Allman Brothers Band
Another One For Woody Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
Don’t Want You No More>
Ain’t My Cross To Bear
End Of The Line
No One Left To Run With
Black Hearted Woman>
Other One Jam>
Who’s Been Talking (with Hook Herrera)
One Way Out (with Rich Robinson & Berry Oakley Jr.)
Statesboro Blues (with Berry Oakley Jr.)
The Weight (with Audley Freed & Danny Louis)
Franklin’s Tower (with Chuck Garvey, Vinnie and Jim from moe.)
Southbound (with Hook Herrera, Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson)
Enc: Whipping Post
2nd Encore Wish you were here
Warren, Matt, Oteil, Barry Oakley Jr. Matt Abts, Gordie, Artimis
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