Gov't Mule did not invent Southern rock, but they do carry the torch into the future. Known as one of the hardest-working bands in music because of their near-constant touring schedule, they've simultaneously found success with fans that remember seeing The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd in their primes as well as those who were not yet born when Mule was formed. (Hey kids! Stop laughing at your parents. You should be thanking them.)
Founded by Allman Brothers Band members Warren Haynes (who also plays with current Grateful Dead lineup), bassist Allen Woody (who died in 2000) and drummer Matt Abts, Mule began in 1994 with the idea of bringing the power trio lineup back to prominence. Their improvisational nature and penchant for generous one-of-a-kind shows has made them a mainstay on the jam band circuit and created a fiercely loyal fan base. Their ninth studio album, By a Thread, was released in late '09 and features the current lineup of Haynes, Abts, bassist Jorgen Carlsson and multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis. This should be a fantastic show to see on the mountain under the setting sun.
Dubbed the prince of Americana by the New York Times, Jackie Greene is a California native singer/songwriter whose music breaks down the barriers of blues, jazz, rock, and folk traditions defying any type of easy categorization.
Jackie Greene began playing open mic nights right after high school and it did not take long for record companies and big name musicians to come calling. Jackie has released multiple solo records and toured extensively with Phil Lesh & Friends and with them on hiatus while Furthur tours, Greene finds himself returning to his solo artist roots with his finest work yet, Till The Light Comes. In many ways, he stretches beyond himself to collect from history, and add on to the rich American traditions that have rolled past him.
Gov’t Mule plus Jackie Greene at Mountain Park in Holyoke. Sunday, August 15th. Doors at 4:30. Show starts at 6PM. Tickets are $30 at the Northampton Box Office, 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com.