Renowned GRAMMY-nominated quartet Gov’t Mule – led by GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, guitar legend, and producer Warren Haynes – is coming to Lewisburg on Friday, Sept. 22 to headline Healing Appalachia at the West Virginia Fairgrounds amidst their own fall headlining tour supporting Gov’t Mule’s new studio album, Peace…Like A River, released this June.
Peace…Like A River (Fantasy Records), the band’s 12th studio album and follow-up to Gov’t Mule’s chart-topping, Grammy-nominated blues album, Heavy Load Blues, includes the stirring radio single “Dreaming Out Loud” featuring Ivan Neville and Ruthie Foster. For the track, Haynes wove together inspirational quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Robert and John Kennedy, and the late civil rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis. Elsewhere on Peace…Like A River is the soaring and heartfelt “Same As It Ever Was” and the epic, Beatles-inspired single “Made My Peace.” The 12-song rock collection, hailed as “perfection” and “captivating,” also features guest appearances from Billy Bob Thornton, who adds his distinctive vocals to “The River Only Flows One Way,” rising soul artist Celisse on “Just Across The River,” and Billy F Gibbons, whose trademark vocals underscore the tasty ZZ Top textures that inform the humor-infused “Shake Our Way Out.” In addition to various vinyl options, Peace…Like A River is also available with a Deluxe Edition (on CD only) that includes five additional tracks.
Peace…Like A River was recorded during the same sessions as Heavy Load Blues at The Power Station New England with co-producer John Paterno (Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos) alongside Haynes. The albums, however, were created in different rooms, with no shared gear or instruments, keeping the two concurrent projects with their own unique identity and character. The tracks on Peace…Like A River explore the many sides of Gov’t Mule and bring together all the qualities that have earned the four-piece the beloved stature they enjoy today. Thematically, the new album explores the seismic changes the world has gone through over the past few years. Influenced both in his songwriting and playing by what Haynes calls “the golden era of rock, soul, jazz and blues,” Gov’t Mule combines the best and most enduring qualities from all those musical strains to create a timeless piece of art on Peace…Like A River that could have easily come out in the 1970s.
Gov’t Mule – Warren Haynes [guitar, vocals], Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Kevin Scott [bass] – is on the road all year in support of Peace…Like A River bringing their acclaimed live show across the world. In addition to their own headlining shows, including their recently wrapped summer Dark Side of the Mule Tour, the band is appearing at various stops of Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour. Following the North American fall leg of the Peace…Like A River World Tour stopping throughout the U.S. and Canada, Gov’t Mule will head over to Europe for an 11-date run in November.