Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Sights and Sounds: Paul and Linda McCartney RAM 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Vinyl Release To be made available on May 14, 2021; 'Ram On' tribute coming too!

Not one, but two reasons to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Paul & Linda McCartney's 1971 masterwork Ram...Robert Kinsler

Paul and Linda McCartney


50th Anniversary Limited Edition Vinyl Release

To be made available on May 14, 2021 


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 masterpiece RAM, the album will be reissued May 14, 2021, as a limited-edition half-speed mastered vinyl pressing via UMe.

Paul's most recent release, the #1 album McCartney III, recorded in "Rockdown" last year, saw a return to the homespun, lo-fi style of the earliest days of his solo career.  The eclectic charm and intimacy of 1970's McCartney and 1971's RAM found Paul redefining his post-Beatles creative identity, while unconsciously rewriting the rules of pop music and creating new genres along the way—or as Pitchfork would later describe RAM's sustained influence on generations of fans and musicians alike, "inventing an approach to pop music that would eventually become someone else's indie-pop."

The only album to be credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney, RAM was created mostly at Paul and Linda's farm in Scotland (following initial, more traditional studio sessions in New York).  Unlike the completely solo sessions that resulted in Paul's eponymous debut album, the recording of RAM found Paul and Linda enlisting a number of musicians, including Denny Seiwell, who would become a founding member of Wings, Paul's next musical adventure.

The RAM sessions were completed in early 1971, also yielding the standalone single Another Day, a worldwide hit that preceded RAM's May 1971 release.

RAM's singular sonic palette was unlike its predecessor—or anything else for that matter—and has grown exponentially in stature and influence over the decades. Critically polarizing at the time, the album was instantly beloved by fans, hitting #1 in the UK and giving Paul his first post-Beatles American #1 single, the GRAMMY-winning Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.  In recent years the record has continued to solidify its standing as one of the most loved in Paul's unparalleled output. Fans and critics alike continue to sing its praises: Rolling Stone has hailed the album as a "masterpiece" and "a grand psychedelic ramble full of divine melodies," Pitchfork has praised it as "a domestic-bliss album, one of the weirdest, earthiest, and most honest ever made," and Mojo, perhaps most accurately of all, has deemed RAM "quintessentially McCartney."


© Paul McCartney/ Photographer: Linda McCartney

'RAM ON' - A 50th Anniversary Celebration of Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM - Out on May 14, 2021


For the 50th anniversary of “Ram” by Paul & Linda McCartney, more than 100 musicians have come together to celebrate this much-loved seminal album. With Sir Paul McCartney’s blessing, they have re-recorded all of the “Ram” songs to create “RAM ON: The 50th Anniversary Tribute to Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM,” released on May 14, 2021 through Spirit of Unicorn Music (distributed by Cherry Red Records).

Hear a teaser of all tracks from “RAM ON” here:

It is a testament to the enduring love and affection for “Ram” that so many artists across three generations should want to be a part of this recreation of a classic album. The idea was born in 2020 from a discussion between producer/multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo and Denny Seiwell, the original drummer with Paul McCartney & Wings, who performed on “Ram.” Original guitarist David Spinozza returns to reprise his parts on the album along with Marvin Stamm who played flugelhorn on “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.” They are joined by their musical contemporaries Davey Johnstone (Elton John Band) and Will Lee (The Fab Faux).

A second generation of musicians includes Brian Wilson’s daughter Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips), Dan Rothchild (Heart, Sheryl Crow) Pat Sansone (Wilco), Joey Santiago (Pixies), Eric Dover (Jellyfish) and Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd, Blue Pearl).

The latest cohort of musicians with this love of “Ram” includes Dave Depper (Death Cab For Cutie), Lauren Leigh, Cindy Wassermann and Frank Drennan (Dead Rock West) and multi-instrumentalist Timmy Sean.

“RAM ON” includes warm and sensitive re-recordings of all the original tracks on “Ram” plus two non-album tracks from the “Ram” sessions: McCartney’s first single after his departure from The Beatles, “Another Day,” was a huge global hit in 1971 and the single’s B-side “Oh Woman Oh Why,” is also included. The tribute closes with a reprise of the opening track “Too Many People (Slight Return).”

“RAM ON” is produced by Fernando Perdomo and Denny Seiwell.

“From early on I wanted this to not be a typical tribute record,” says Fernando Perdomo. “Every musician on this record loves ‘Ram’ with all their heart and I think it shows. This record was made with pure love.”

RAM ON” Track Listing:
01. Too Many People feat Dan Rothchild
02. 3 Legs feat The Dirty Diamond and Durga McBroom
03. Ram On feat Pat Sansone
04. Dear Boy feat Adrian Bourgeois
05. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey feat Bebopalula
06. Smile Away feat Timmy Sean
07. Heart of the Country feat Dan Rothchild
08. Monkberry Moon Delight feat Timmy Sean
09. Eat At Home feat Dead Rock West
10. Long Haired Lady feat Rob Bonfiglio and Carnie Wilson
11. Ram On Reprise feat Pat Sansone
12. Backseat of My Car feat Brentley Gore
13. Another Day feat Gordon Michaels
14. Oh Woman Oh Why feat Eric Dover and Lauren Leigh
15. Too Many People (Slight Return)

“RAM ON” is released in CD format on 14th May 2021 via Spirit of Unicorn Music. We’re also considering the release of a vinyl format later in the year, more details to follow.

You can pre-order the album here:

Uncanny! ‘Ram On’ effortlessly captures the beauty, spirit and charm of Paul and Linda’s original. Wonderful!” - Paul Sinclair, Super Deluxe Edition.

About “Ram”
Recording sessions for “Ram” took place in New York and Los Angeles between October 1970 and March 1971. The principal musicians were Paul McCartney (vocals, bass, keyboards, guitars and ukulele on “Ram On”), Linda McCartney (harmony and backing vocals), Denny Seiwell (drums), David Spinozza (guitar), Hugh McCracken (guitar) with Marvin Stamm (flugelhorn on “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”).

“Ram” was released 17th May 1971. McCartney was hurt by the negative reception from the press, but the album was a huge commercial success and much-loved by fans around the world. In retrospect, the critics heaped praise upon the album at the time of its re-release in 2012 and fans continue to love the album to this day.


photo by Cyndi Trissel

About Fernando Perdomo
A powerhouse of the LA music scene Fernando Perdomo has made a name for himself as an in-demand producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is featured in the Netflix documentary “Echo In The Canyon” where he is seen backing up Brian Wilson, Norah Jones and Regina Spektor. He played on the official soundtrack album of the film along with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Stephen Stills. Fernando owns and operates Reseda Ranch Studios in Los Angeles. He has produced hundreds of records and as a session guitarist and bassist, he has played with Emitt Rhodes, Todd Rundgren, Curved Air and many more.
Facebook – @Fernandoperdomomusic
Twitter - @fperdomo

About Denny Seiwell
Having played with New York’s jazz elite, Denny received an invitation from Paul McCartney to move to London and become a founding member of the post-Beatles phenomenon Wings. Denny toured with Wings and played on many of that era’s biggest hits, “My Love” and the Oscar nominated “Live And Let Die” along with McCartney’s “Ram,” “Wildlife” and “Red Rose Speedway” albums. Other highlights of Denny’s London years included work with Joe Cocker, Donovan, and The Who with the London Symphony Orchestra on their groundbreaking version of the Rock Opera “Tommy.” Denny’s signature drumming can be heard on records by Art Garfunkel, James Brown, Astrud Gilberto, Deniece Williams, Janis Joplin’s posthumous “Farewell Song” album and Billy Joel’s “Cold Spring Harbor.”
Facebook - @denny.seiwell
Twitter - @dennystrio

RAM ON: The 50th Anniversary Tribute to Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM
Release Date: May 14, 2021
Catalogue no. SOUM001CD

New Music: Tower of Power, Neil Young, Farrington, Brigitte DeMeyer, Natalie D-Napoleon

The far-flung genres of soul, funk, Americana, super-charged melodic rock, country blues and folk rock are among the styles celebrated across a slew of fantastic new titles.

Tower of Power
Title: 50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater - Oakland, CA (Artistry Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Tower of Power, WAR, James Brown
Tell me more: Prior to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, I was fortunate to be able to catch a rousing full-length concert featuring legendary Oakland-spawned powerhouse Tower of Power. That memorable concert and its zestful spirit was no fluke; the newly-issued 50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater - Oakland, CA has been released via a must-have 2-CD/1-DVD package (other configurations include a 3-LP set and digital audio release) that captures the group's groundbreaking energy and timeless sound via a 22-track event staged in the band's hometown in 2018. From the opening soul sortie "Stroke" and infectious sing-along "Ain't Nothing Stopping Us Now" to the fast flying "Soul With a Capital S," Motown-flavored "You're So Wonderful, So Marvelous" and dance floor-minded "Drop It In The Slot," the collective is on fire. Lead vocalist Marcus Scott is an especially gifted singer, bringing emotional firepower and star power to the up-tempo tracks as well as lovely ballads (notably "Just When We Start Makin' It," "Don't Change Horses" and "You're Still A Young Man"). The group  anchored by its amazing five-man horn section (bandleader Emillo Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka, Tom Politzer, Adolfo Acosta and Sal Cracchiolo)  continues to move forward even while steeped in their classic fusion of soul and funk as evidenced by the grooving new cut "Stop," a breathtaking "On the Serious Side" and fiery "What Is Hip?" The special 50th celebration concert includes guest band alumni Chester Thompson (Hammond B3, clarinet)  Lenny Pickett (tenor sax), Francis "Rocco" Prestia (bass), Bruce Conte (guitar) and Ray Greene (trombone). Information:

Neil Young
Title: Young Shakespeare (Reprise)
You might like if you enjoy: Neil Young's "Harvest" and "After The Gold Rush" albums
Tell me more: Neil Young's Young Shakespeare is an amazing recording of the artist's concert at The Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Connecticut on Jan. 22, 1971. Filmed on 16mm and recorded just two months after the release of his iconic album After The Gold Rush, the 45-minute title features the earliest live performance footage known to exist of Young. But not only is the footage and recording historical, it's astonishing; the restoration of the film and remastering of the analog audio tapes are an absolute wonder. Young is at ease throughout the acoustic concert even while his performance of a dozen of his most beloved early originals resonate with a tangible power. It's amazing to think that Young  only 26 at the time  had already penned "Ohio," "Cowgirl in the Sand," "Helpless," "Down By the River," "Heart of Gold" and "The Needle and the Damage Done." Accompanied only by his own guitar or piano, this is an essential addition to the music library of fans of the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Young Shakespeare is available via several configurations, including audio CD and vinyl LP versions, as well as a deluxe box set edition that includes vinyl, audio CD and the DVD. Information:

Title: Saturday in Nowhereland (Farrington)
You might like if you enjoy: ELO, The Lickerish Quartet, Badfinger, Cheap Trick, Pugwash
Tell me more: When you listen to Farrington's new album Saturday in Nowhereland prepare to be wowed. The songs often turn on a dime, blending tuneful melodic rock, psychedelic stylings, power pop and other sonic genres masterfully. The bewitching title track, delightfully dark "The Loner," Cheap Trick-flavored "Damsel In Distress" and ambitious "Assassins" are early-LP standouts. Saturday in Nowhereland continues its winning momentum with the melodic rocker "Emily Lovelight," gorgeous "Turning It Up Too Loud Again," boundless "A Day At The Beach," euphonic "Anatomic" and sumptuous "The Switchblade Symphony." In addition to the top-tier talents of singer-guitarist-keyboardist Farrington (James Patrick Phelan), drummer Marcos de la Cruz and bassist Henry Clift, a who's who of musical guests appears on the disc; Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star), Eric Dover (Jellyfish, Imperial Drag), John Easedale (Dramarama), Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (The Lickerish Quartet, Beck) and Bryan Shaddix (The Tickets) are a few of the notables who contribute to the magic. Information:

Brigitte DeMeyer
Title: Seeker (BDM Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Larkin Poe, Southern Avenue
Tell me more: That sweet corner of the musical universe where country blues, Memphis soul and American folk meet is explored with genuine grace and style on singer-songwriter Brigitte DeMeyer's elegant Seeker. Working with her co-writer/producer Jano Rix, Nashville-based DeMeyer's new album provides a joyful sonic tour of the South courtesy of the gentle "All The Blue," New Orleans-mining "Louisiana," soulful "Calamity Gone" and magnificent "Roots and Wings and Bones." Other delights on Seeker include the bluesy "Cat Man Do" and "Salt Of The Earth," acoustic "Already In" and lovely "Seeker"  all bolstered by DeMeyer's superb soprano. Information:

Natalie D-Napoleon
Title: You Wanted To Be The Shore But Instead You Were The Sea (Natalie D-Napoleon)
You might like if you enjoy: Rosanne Cash, Kathleen Edwards
Tell me more: Singer-songwriter Natalie D-Napoleon has returned with her first full-length set of songs in eight years, the probing You Wanted To Be The Shore But Instead You Were The Sea. The songs are delivered powerfully with nuanced musicianship, strong arrangements and real life-rooted lyrical heft to match. D-Napoleon, a native of Australia who now calls California home, worked with producer Jim Connolly and a cast of talented players to complete the album using a single microphone at Deane Chapel in the hills behind Santa Barbara, CA. The result is an authentic and intimate album that could have been recorded in Laurel Canyon a half century ago but simultaneously sounds resonant in 2021. And true to the pioneering folk rock pioneers who emerged in California in the late '60s and early '70s, D-Napoleon's lyrics hit their mark; on You Wanted To Be The Shore But Instead You Were The Sea she renders detailed experiences of women. One of my favorites is the wistful "Wildflowers," D-Napoleon's signature vocals sharing the spotlight with Doug Pettibone's sublime mandolin playing. Other standouts include the exuberant "No Longer Mine" with its anthemic build in tune with the message of independence from a flawed relationship, and the driving "Mother Of Exiles" which celebrates America's history of immigration. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Garbage to unveil highly anticipated new album 'No Gods No Masters' on June 11, 2021

Great to see that Garbage is returning with a new album on June 11th! Check out the media release and advance track from the LP below. It seems like a lifetime about since I saw the band and I can't wait to see them again. Check out my review of their October 5, 2018 performance in Las Vegas HERE...Robert Kinsler

Shirley Manson performing at The Chelsea at
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on October 5, 2018.
Photo credit: Robert Kinsler

photo credit: Garbage
March 30, 2021—Garbage will share their seventh studio album No Gods No Masters on June 11 via Stunvolume/Infectious Music; pre-save/pre-order HERE.  The record’s debut single “The Men Who Rule the World” and its accompanying mixed media video—created by Chilean film director, animator and painter Javi.MiAmorare out today, stream/share HERE.
“This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins,” says the band’s iconic frontwoman Shirley Manson of the album and its twists and turns from capitalism and lust to loss and grief. “It was our way of trying to make sense of how fucking nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time.”
“The Men Who Rule the World,” the opening track of No Gods No Masters, is a protest song – a searing indictment and call to arms critiquing of the rise of capitalist short-sightedness, racism, sexism and misogyny across the world. It’s a clear statement of intent from a band who still believe in the power of dissent, setting the tone for the rest of the record.
Garbage performing at The Chelsea at
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on October 5, 2018.
Photo credit: Robert Kinsler

Produced by Garbage and long-time collaborator Billy Bush, the seeds for No Gods No Masters were planted in summer 2018 in the desert in Palm Springs. The quartet – Manson and bandmates Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig – convened at a home belonging to one of Marker’s relatives and sketched out the skeleton of the album over two weeks, jamming, experimenting and feeling the songs out. They then took those demos and went their separate ways before connecting in Los Angeles to finish the record.
Garbage will unveil a deluxe CD/digital version of No Gods No Masters featuring covers of classic tracks by David Bowie, Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen along with rare Garbage originals. The deluxe version also features new voices, with appearances from Screaming Females, Brody Dalle, Brian Aubert, John Doe and Exene Cervenka. The album will also be in record stores starting June 12 as part of RSD Drops and will be available in limited edition pink vinyl, featuring alternate cover art.
Since releasing their eponymous debut album in 1995, Garbage has blazed a unique sonic trail, garnering critical acclaim and amassing a passel of hits as well as seven Grammy nominations along the way to 17 million albums sold.
No Gods No Masters Tracklist:
1. The Men Who Rule the World
2. The Creeps
3. Uncomfortably Me
4. Wolves
5. Waiting for God
6. Godhead
7. Anonymous XXX
8. A Woman Destroyed
9. Flipping the Bird
10. No Gods No Masters
11. This City Will Kill You

album artwork
Deluxe Edition
12. No Horses
13. Starman
14. Girls Talk feat. Brody Dalle
15. Because the Night feat. Screaming Females
16. On Fire
17. The Chemicals feat. Brian Aubert
18. Destroying Angels feat. John Doe & Exene Cervenka
19. Time Will Destroy Everything

Friday, March 26, 2021

New Pete Yorn EP with unheard song from ‘musicforthemorningafter’ sessions out May 5 + his debut turns 20

 Very cool news going into the weekend courtesy of celebrated singer-songwriter Pete Yorn...Robert Kinsler



Today, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Pete Yorn announces the Rooftop EP (20 years of musicforthemorningafter) in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his critically acclaimed and seminal debut album musicforthemorningafter (2001, Columbia Records). Upon its release, Rolling Stone’s 4 star review called the record “gently lit by sunlight and regret.” SPIN in their retrospective piece today called musicforthemorningafter “one of 2001’s best," referring to Yorn as "one of his generation’s best songwriters.”
The Rooftop EP arrives May 5th and includes four tracks: “Rooftop,” an unreleased outtake from the musicforthemorningafter sessions and three live versions of tracks from the album including Smiths cover “Panic”, “Life On A Chain” and “Lose You”, the latter of which is an emotionally charged performance delivered on his childhood piano.
Yorn says of the album’s anniversary, "We made it in garages in California, in Van Nuys and Culver City...I just made music that I liked and I knew that there were no guarantees of where it would get me... but twenty years later I am really proud of the impact the record has had and it still carries a deep emotional resonance for me.”
Rooftop EP Tracklist:
 1. Rooftop (Unreleased outtake from the musicforthemorningafter sessions) 
 2. Panic (Live at Y100 Sonic Sessions, Philadelphia, PA - November 24th, 2001)
3. Life On A Chain (Live at Y100 Sonic Sessions, Philadelphia, PA -November 24th, 2001)
4. Lose You (Live from the musicforthemorningafter Quarantine Livestream – July 25th, 2020)
The Rooftop EP follows the release of Yorn’s first-ever covers album, Pete Yorn Sings the Classics (via Shelly Music). (Read my review of the album HERE.) The LP celebrates his musical influences, with a collection of songs originally performed and written by Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground, The Stone Roses, Simon and Garfunkel and more. Buy/stream Pete Yorn Sings The Classics HERE.

Since his extraordinary 2001 debut album musicforthemorningafter, Yorn has released a total of eight albums of angsty, critically-acclaimed rock. In 2019, Yorn released Caretakers (via Shelly Music), his first solo album in three years featuring the top 2 AAA single “Calm Down”. The New Yorker Magazine praised the album’s “dreamy synths-and-strings jangle” and in All Music’s 4 star review, they described the music as “lush yet spare, tuneful but not forceful, cinematic yet small scale…an appealing blend that sets it apart from most other albums in 2019." Yorn performed songs from the album on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Ellen.
Photo: Jim Wright

In a recent Billboard magazine summary on the history of the AAA format, Pete Yorn was listed in the top 50 artists of all time based on airplay. 
Pete Yorn On the Web:

Dead Can Dance announces rescheduled North American Tour Dates

 Concerts, remember those? So cool that we are starting to get news about rescheduled concert dates. And so great to hear that Dead Can Dance will be returning to the U.S. this fall... (read my review of the duo's wonderful August 2012 at the Gibson Amphitheatre concert HERE) - Robert Kinsler

Dead Can Dance performing in August 2012.

“As with all Dead Can Dance records, [Dionysus is] like an anthropological encyclopedia without any words: orchestral strings play obtuse melodies that split the difference between traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music, percussion instruments stutter and shake in curious ways and both he and Gerrard tap into the most primal, Dionysian parts of their souls for stirring vocals they sing in languages they seem to have divined." - Rolling Stone

Dionysus is grand, not unlike its namesake, and it aims to break down the distinction we tend to make between studio music and the sounds our everyday environments and cultural rituals generate in the world around us.” - The A/V Club

"a gorgeous, enigmatic, distinctive piece of work." - The Big Takeover 

"This is music of grandeur and grand humanity.” - Pitchfork

Announces Rescheduled North American Tour
With Dates Beginning Oct. 1st in San Diego, CA

Performing: A Celebration of Life & Works 1980 – 2021

Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry of DEAD CAN DANCE
Photo Credit: Jay Brooks

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DEAD CAN DANCE has rescheduled their North American Spring Tour for the Fall. Beginning October 1, 2021 in San Diego, CA, Brendan PerryLisa Gerrard and full backing band will return to the Americas for the first time since Coachella in April 2013.

Ticket holders will receive a separate email with details on their new seats within 10 business days. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, you will be able to receive a refund on your tickets until April 25, 2020 from original point of purchase. Visit for details.

10/1/2021San Diego, CASan Diego Civic TheatreTickets
10/2/2021Los Angeles, CAGreek TheatreTickets
10/3/2021San Francisco, CAThe MasonicTickets
10/5/2021Denver, COMission BallroomTickets
10/7/2021Chicago, ILThe Chicago TheatreTickets
10/8/2021Detroit, MIMasonic Temple TheatreTickets
10/11/2021Washington, DCThe AnthemTickets
10/12/2021Philadelphia, PAThe Met PhiladelphiaTickets
10/13/2021New York City, NYRadio City Music HallTickets
10/15/2021Boston, MABoch CenterTickets
10/17/2021Toronto, ONMeridian HallTickets
10/23/2021Vancouver, BCQueen Elizabeth Theatre**Tickets
10/25/2021Seattle, WAParamount TheatreTickets

** Please note that the concert at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre will now be held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
DEAD CAN DANCE performing at  Odeon of Herodes Atticus Amphitheatre
(Athens, Greece)

Following their sold out two-legged European tour in the Spring of 2019 which ended with a triumphant show at Athens’ stunning Odeon of Herodes Atticus Amphitheatre (see above), the band will be taking their spectacular three-decade spanning set that includes music from their 2018 studio album Dionysus along with much loved classic works from their extensive catalog such as "The Host Of Seraphim," "The Carnival Is Over," and "Yulunga," to theaters across the Americas.

Dead Can Dance - ACT II: The Invocation

Gov’t Mule releases live album 'Live At The Cotton Club' on Evil Teen Records

Here is news on Gov't Mule's "Live At The Cotton Club" 1997 performance release courtesy of a media release that just landed in my inbox. Good news to be sure...Robert Kinsler

Gov’t Mule Releases Live Album
Live At The Cotton Club / Atlanta /
February 20, 1997

Third Release In Streaming-Only Series
Via Evil Teen Records
PRESS HERE to Listen

PRESS HERE to Watch The Teaser Video
Gov’t Mule has released a new live album, Live At The Cotton Club / Atlanta / February 20, 1997, the third release in their streaming-only series via Evil Teen Records– PRESS HERE to listen and PRESS HERE to watch the teaser video. The brand-new live release features Gov’t Mule’s original line-up and was recorded in Georgia where the band was formed by front man Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band when they were off tour, and drummer Matt Abts. The fun side project filled the void of experimental rock power acts and have since gone on to showcase their virtuosity, intelligence, and breadth over the course of their decades-long career as one of the most timeless and active bands in the world. Live At The Cotton Club features a mix of songs from Gov’t Mule’s 1997 self-titled debut album and 1998 sophomore album, Dose, as well as covers of songs originally by Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Tom Waits, and more.
“I seem to remember it being a hot sweaty night even though it was February, and you can feel it in the recordings. The band was definitely in experimental mode -- going down some new roads and taking a lot of chances,” shares Haynes. “It’s great hearing this show again after all this time -- especially re-mixed and re-mastered. The music sounds as fresh as it felt when we played it.”
Live At The Cotton Club marks the third of several digital-only live album releases – and the first featuring the original trio line-up of HaynesAbts, and Woody – Gov’t Mule is sharing as they bring their jam-packed performances and master musicianship directly into fans’ homes. In recent months, Gov’t Mule delivered Live At The Angel Orensanz Center (PRESS HERE to listen/stream), which was recorded during the second of back-to-back shows as part of their New Year’s run in 2008 and features over two hours of remixed and re-mastered music from the show including an eclectic set of acoustic and electric favorites and rarities. Additionally, the band issued Live At The Beacon Theatre, recorded on New Year’s Eve 2017 when the band rang in the new year with special guest Jackie Greene as part of their annual New York City residency, performing a selection of the band’s classics as well as an array of covers. (PRESS HERE to listen/stream). Please visit for more information.
In other news, Gov’t Mule will return to the stage this spring for two sold out shows on April 30th and May 1st at Westville Music Bowl in New Haven, CT, marking the band’s first performances in the U.S. since their annual New Year’s Eve run in 2019 which featured two back-to-back nights at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Gov’t Mule Live At The Cotton Club / Atlanta / February 20, 1997 Track Listing:
(Set 1)
1. John The Revelator
2. Mule
3. Game Face
4. Temporary Saint
5. No Need To Suffer
6. Birth Of The Mule
7. Dolphineus
8. Painted Silver Light
9. Thelonius Beck
10. St. Stephen Jam (Grateful Dead cover)
11. I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan cover)
12. Blind Man In The Dark
13. Drums
14. Blind Man In The Dark (Reprise)
15. Young Man Blues (Mose Allison cover)
16. Good Morning Little School Girl (Sonny Boy Williamson cover)
17. Young Man Blues (Reprise) (Mose Allison cover)
(Set 2)
18. Monkey Hill
19. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) Jam (Beatles cover)
20. Mr. Big (Free cover)
21. Left Coast Groovies
22. Mother Earth (Memphis Slim cover)
23. Goin’ Out West (Tom Waits cover)
24. Gonna Send You Back To Georgia (Hound Dog Taylor cover)
25. I Can’t Hold Out (Elmore James cover)
26. Gonna Send You Back To Georgia (Reprise) (Hound Dog Taylor cover)
27. Just Got Paid (ZZ Top cover)
28. I’ve Been Working (Van Morrison cover)
29. Just Got Paid (Reprise) (ZZ Top cover)

Gov’t Mule –Warren Haynes [vocals, guitar], Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – has galvanized a global fan base with their honest, organic and daring music and improvisational virtuosity, leading them to be recognized as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. Led by visionary GRAMMY Award-winning artist and guitar legend Warren Haynes - a cornerstone of the American music landscape - the enduring, globally revered group has showcased its intelligence and breadth over the course of 20+ studio and live albums, thousands of memorable performances and millions of album and track sales. Gov’t Mule has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound. Their live album and full concert-length film, Bring On The Music – Live at The Capitol Theatre, is out now – PRESS HERE to listen to Pt. 1 and PRESS HERE to listen to Pt . 2. The band’s flexible interplay in the studio and on stage makes them a true living, breathing ensemble and Haynes is lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era and a prolific songwriter and producer. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – and an acclaimed solo artist, he has become one of music’s most treasured storytellers.

(Photo Credit: Dino Perrucci)