Album Review: Gov’t Mule (High & Mighty)

High and Mighty, Gov’t Mule’s newest release, illuminates the acumination of classic rock, blues and jazz, and features improvisation that sounds composed, which triggers the inner air-guitar rock god upon your wretched body.

With a sound that brings us back to a place of Georgia peaches and Southern belles, Gov’t Mule is not just another “Black Betty” kind of ram jam band. Since they have little to no airplay, Gov’t Mule relies on touring and loyal fans to gain exposure.

The band’s lineup is guitarist, vocalist and former member of the Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Andy Hess.

Gov’t Mule was formed as a side project for Haynes and another former member of the Allman Brothers Band, Allen Woody.

Their interest in 1960s rock, including Cream and Jimi Hendrix, and the breaking up of the Allman Brothers Band led them to start Gov’t Mule full time in 1997.

In 2005, Woody passed away, causing the band to lose some of its morale and desire to create music. That all changed when Hess joined and sustained the balance within this band.

High and Mighty is a display of how jam bands are not something of the past, but something that can be tweaked and revived.

Filled with musical improvisations, psychedelic rock and hints of bluegrass and blues, High and Mighty is filled with good sounds and vibrations.

This is something that I’ll admit is pleasing to the ears. Before hearing about Gov’t Mule and the term jam bands, the only thing that popped into mind was the song “Black Betty” by Ram Jam.

That song was filled with huge riffs, catchy lyrics and one really long guitar solo that made you re-evaluate your life and think about becoming a rocker.

Each song is filled with the aforementioned elements. Even though each song sounds different, after the first two tracks, everything becomes very predictable.

The album’s opener, “High and Mighty,” is an eight-minute eye opener and gives you a feeling of patriotism and America.

High and Mighty seems to be another album that is designed for the fans. It’s a good album if you’re into older rock bands from the 1960s and are into very long and pointless solos that go on for nine minutes.


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