Gov't Mule

Nitefall On The River Presents:

Gov't Mule

The Magpie Salute

Sun, August 26, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Brenton Skating Plaza

Des Moines, IA

$35.00 - $40.00

This event is all ages

Gov't Mule
Gov't Mule
Rock ǯnǯ roll music has always been a reflection of the times, and the new Govǯt Mule album, Revolution Come...Revolution Go, is no exception. With Revolution Come... Revolution Go, to be released June 9th on Fantasy Records, the band again sets the tone for their legacy with its cleverly-crafted songs, intelligent lyrical commentary, and downright incendiary playing. Itǯs those traditions, combined with an observant eye on the present, that define their tenth full-length studio effort. DzIt was very poignant that we went into the studio in Austin, Texas, to begin recording on Election Day,dz Grammy Award-winning vocalist and guitar legend Warren Haynes recalls of the November 2016 recording sessions. DzLike most people, we really had no idea that the election was going to turn out the way it did. That changed everything –from a lyrical perspective. Itǯs not a political record, per se, but there are political connotations. There are also love songs, relationship songs, and songs about working together to make this a better planet. It covers a lot of ground, but it definitely starts and ends as a rock ǯnǯ roll record. Itǯs all within the realm of what we do, but it explores a lot of territory and, in some cases, territory weǯve never explored before.dzSteeped in the roots and mystique of rock, blues, soul, and jazz, the quartet — Haynes, Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] —is equally recognized for its stirring songwriting and storytelling as it is for the improvisational virtuosity that fuels their countless live performances. Their music has galvanized a fan base of millions around the world, reaching a place of preeminence as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. This record threads together moments of soul, country, and tried-and-true virtuosic, vibrant, and vital rock. A patchwork of styles, it proudly ushers along Govǯt Muleǯs next phase. DzOne of our missions has always been to stay together as a band long enough to bring all of these different influences to the surface,dz Haynes goes on. DzBlues, funk, and soul are a part of what we do. In the late ǯ60s and early ǯ70s, the umbrella of rock music had room for so many different stylistic approaches – bands that were worlds apart were still considered Ǯrockǯ bands. Weǯve always taken a cue from that. And although Iǯve said it previously about other Govǯt Mule releases, this is probably the most diverse record weǯve ever made. Thatǯs really important to us.dzThe first of two lead singles, the soulful DzSarah, Surrender,dz sees Haynesǯ simmering vocal delivery take center stage over a groove punctuated by congas, organ, a female back-up chorus, and jazz-y guitar licks. Evoking Curtis Mayfield and Al Green, it illuminates yet another musical facet of the band. DzǮSarah, Surrenderǯ was the last song written for the project,dz Haynes explains, Dzand was recorded in New York City in January [2017], after the Austin sessions were done. It seemed like the missing piece to the puzzle.dzMeanwhile, the other lead single, DzStone Cold Rage,dz packs a walloping punch. An ominous riff gives way to furiously funky wah-pedal cries as Haynes screams, DzMamaǯs gonna be a martyr.dzDzǮStone Cold Rageǯ represents the divide thatǯs going on in our country right now,dz Haynes points out about the song. DzEven though it was written before the election, it was written knowing that whichever way the results went, we were going to have close to fifty percent of the nation very angry. Musically, itǯs an aggressive up-tempo rock song that reflects the anger of the lyrics, but with a sense of sarcasm and humor.dzWhether itǯs the rustic steel guitar of the countrified road song DzTraveling Tunedz or the dark twists and turns of the nearly nine-minute DzThorns Of Life,dz each moment of the album comprises an unpredictable journey that somehow adds to the overall flow. Says Haynes, DzWe still believe in the concept of an Ǯalbumǯ having its own collective personality.dz
After having invited 11 guest vocalists to offer different interpretations of the songs on their last studio effort, Shout!, the band wanted to keep the guests to a minimum this time around, however, Jimmie Vaughan turns up for a sizzling cameo on the super-charged DzBurning Point.dz Haynes says, DzWhen I first wrote ǮBurning Point,ǯ it had more of a New Orleans feel to it. But when we got into the studio in Austin to record it, it took on more of a Texas vibe, and Jimmie really added to that.dzLongtime collaborator Gordie Johnson joined Haynes as co-producer for six tunes, while the iconic Don Was co-produced the powerful and moving DzDreams & Songsdz and DzPressure Under Firedz along with the frontman. The latter explodes into a lyrical guitar solo as Haynes urges, DzWeǯve got to get out of this mess.dzDzǮPressure Under Fireǯis essentially another political song, but it comes from the standpoint that weǯre all in this together, and itǯs up to us to make it work,dz Haynes states. DzThe opening line, ǮJust another song about the same thing,ǯ recognizes this is a message that weǯve heard before, but it needs to be said—especially now.dzAnother politically-charged song, DzDark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground,dz is the reworking of the traditional blues instrumental originally recorded by Blind Willie Johnson, to which Haynes added lyrics and the band turned into an epic gospel rock closer. DzDark Was The Night,dz along with the aforementioned DzThorns Of Lifedz and DzRevolution Come, Revolution Go,dz comprise the three centerpieces of the album from a musical arrangement standpoint. About the song DzRevolution Come,dz Haynes explains, DzIt starts out as a swinging rock song, and then it goes into this blues shuffle that feels almost like a different composition altogether. It also has a jazz improv section, but ends up where it starts out. Thatǯs indicative of what the message is: going through all of these changes and winding up where you began.dzHaynes goes on to say, DzIn many ways, the chemistry between the four of us is an extension of the chemistry that the original trio had. The approach we take to the music is the same uncompromising and adventurous approach, although itǯs inevitable that the music is going to grow in different directions. The common thread is the influences we choose and the way we play together, which harkens back to how important improvisation was in most of the music we all love. At the end of the day, weǯre friends. Making this music is satisfying in a way thatǯs completely different from any other project Iǯve been a part of. Thatǯs what inspires all of us
The Magpie Salute
The Magpie Salute
American rock band formed in 2016 by former members of The Black Crowes
Venue Information:
Brenton Skating Plaza
520 Robert D. Ray Dr,
Des Moines, IA, 50309
http://brentonplaza.com/