Gov’t Mule Finishes Island Exodus 2020 With Guest-Filled Concert

By Scott Bernstein Jan 23, 2020 8:03 am PST

Gov’t Mule closed out their Island Exodus 2020 destination event at Jewel Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay, Jamaica on Wednesday night with a little help from their friends. The band’s final concert of the event was moved indoors after storms rolled through the area all day, yet the show went on as Hot Tuna and Ron Holloway were among Mule’s guests.

The quartet followed the opening pairing of “Hammer & Nails” and “Slackjaw Jezebel” by working “When The Levee Breaks” into “I Think You Know What I Mean.” Next came “Which Way Do We Run?” before saxophonist Ron Holloway emerged for Gov’t Mule’s first cover of moe..’s “Opium” since August 25, 2016 and “Reblow Your Horn.” Then, Mule dusted off “Slow Happy Boys” after more than two years with assistance from Hot Tuna bassist Jack Casady. Another huge bust out followed as GM’s cover of “Help Me” by Sonny Williamson returned for the first time since November 9, 2013. Casady and Jorma Kaukonen guested with the four-piece for a rendition that included “Good Morning Schoolgirl” within to close the set.


Gov’t Mule kicked off the second set with a run of “Unring The Bell,” “Endless Parade” and “Soulshine.” Next, Hot Tuna drummer Justin Guip augmented the quartet on “Come & Go Blues.” Later, vocalists Machan Taylor and Mini Carlsson added to “Million Miles From Yesterday” before Mule worked “Beautifully Broken” into a jam on the Dead’s “The Other One” featuring Holloway. Ron was also on hand for “Sco-Mule” and “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home” to end the frame. For the encore, Gov’t Mule was joined by Tyler Ramsey for Beatles’ classic “Yer Blues.”

Watch fan-shot video captured by Tony Franciosi of the “Yer Blues” finale below:

Check out footage of last night’s “Soulshine” shared by the band:



Set One: Hammer & Nails, Slackjaw Jezebel, I Think You Know What I Mean > When The Levee Breaks > I Think You Know What I Mean, Which Way Do We Run?, Opium (w/ Ron Holloway), Reblow Your Horn (w/ Ron Holloway), Revolution Come…Revolution Go, Slow Happy Boys (w/ Jack Casady), Help Me (w/ Jack Casady & Jorma Kaukonen) > Good Morning School Girl (w/ Jack Casady & Jorma Kaukonen) > Help Me (w/ Jack Casady & Jorma Kaukonen)

Set Two: Unring The Bell, Endless Parade, Soulshine, Come & Go Blues (w/ Justin Guip), Banks Of The Deep End, Million Miles From Yesterday (w/ Machan Taylor & Mini Carlsson), Beautifully Broken > The Other One jam (w/ Ron Holloway), Sco-Mule (w/ Ron Holloway), Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (w/ Ron Holloway)

Encore: Yer Blues (w/ Tyler Ramsey)


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