Gov’t Mule Signs to Blue Note, New Record Due in September

Blues/rock powerhouse Gov’t Mule has signed to Blue Note Records and will release Shout!, the group’s first studio album in four years, on Sept. 24.

The album will include a special bonus CD that includes the 11 tracks from the album in different versions, each one sung by a different special guest, with details to be announced soon. See Disc 1 track listing below.

The Mule holds a unique and lofty berth. They have roots that run real deep — drawing from the entire history of rock ‘n’ roll going all the way back to Robert Johnson and the Delta,” Blue Note Records’ President Don Was says in a statement. “Yet, despite their mastery of past idioms, they have managed to rearrange those elements into a whole new thing. On this new album, they’ve elevated their songwriting, playing, and production values to a whole new plateau. It’s gonna blow people’s minds.”

“I’ve been a huge jazz fan since my early teens. I have hundreds of jazz CD’s in my collection and I can honestly say that the majority are Blue Note recordings,” adds the Mule’s singer/guitarist Warren Haynes. “My favorite period of jazz is 1955-1965, and I went through a time when I bought every Blue Note record from that era, whether I knew of it or not. Their reputation for putting out the best of the best is unparalleled and the sound of those recordings will never be topped. It’s those kind of recordings that have convinced all of us in Gov’t Mule that the only way to capture improvisational music in the studio is to record as ‘live’ as possible. We are truly honored to be part of the Blue Note roster.” Read the rest of the article here..

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