Gov’t Mule Covers Led Zeppelin, Neil Young & Al Green In Saratoga

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Gov’t Mule‘s Smokin’ Mule Tour with Blackberry Smoke continued on Tuesday night at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California. All tour long Mule has been welcoming members of Blackberry Smoke out for a collaborative encore just as they did in Saratoga.

Warren Haynes & Co. opened with a cover of The Staples Singers’ “Hammer & Nails” and then tore through a series of originals including Haynes’ ode to Jerry Garcia, “Patchwork Quilt.” A big surprise came towards the middle of the set, when Gov’t Mule dusted off a cover of “No Quarter” by Led Zeppelin for just the third time in the last 18 months. The quartet’s 14-song main set ended with “Thorazine Shuffle” after a series of covers such as Ray Charles’ “I Believe In My Soul” and ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid.”

What has been most impressive about the tour is how Mule and members of Blackberry Smoke have yet to repeat any songs in the encore slot. Last night’s encore found Charlie Starr contributing to Gov’t Mule’s fourth-ever cover of “Danger Bird” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and first since May 20, 2015. The evening came to a close with Starr assisting Mule on Al Green’s “Take Me To The River,” a song the quartet last played way back on May 18, 2014. Smokin’ Mule Tour resumes tonight in Rohnert Park, California.

Watch a few clips of “No Quarter”:

Full Show Audio (Taped by D. Fries via Jam.Buzz)

Setlist

Gov’t Mule at The Mountain Winery

  • Hammer and Nails  
  • Banks of the Deep End
  • Patchwork Quilt  
  • Fool's Moon
  • Flip Wilson
  • Left Coast Groovies
  • No Quarter  
  • No Need to Suffer
  • Tastes Like Wine
  • Kind of Bird  
  • Need Your Love So Bad  
  • I Believe to My Soul  
  • Just Got Paid  
  • Thorazine Shuffle
Encore
  • Danger Bird  
  • Take Me to the River