Gov't Mule Push Forward With Tour, Album

Widespread Panic's Dave Schools takes on bass duties for outing, band's first since Allen Woody's death.

Blues-rockers Gov't Mule will hit the road later this month for their first tour since the death of bassist Allen Woody last year.

Widespread Panic's Dave Schools will hold down the bass end, though no permanent replacement for Woody has been chosen, according to a statement from the Gov't Mule's publicist. Keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who's played with the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers, will join guitarist Warren Haynes and drummer Matt Abts on the 12-date tour of the southern United States.

The band laid down basic tracks for its next album in California in January. Tracks include "Greasy Granny's Gopher Gravy," co-written by Primus' Les Claypool, and "Lay of the Sunflower," which Haynes wrote with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.

The sessions also included "Sco-Mule," featuring a performance by jazz guitarist John Scofield. The band will continue recording in New York in May, with help from Bootsy Collins and Meshell Ndegéocello on bass.

Gov't Mule tour dates, according to 360 Media:

  • 3/29 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
  • 3/30 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
  • 3/31 - Nashville, TN @328 Performance Hall
  • 4/1 - Greenville, NC @ Peace Center
  • 4/3 - Birmingham, AL @ 5 Points Music Hall
  • 4/4 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
  • 4/5 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
  • 4/6 - Columbia, SC @ 3 Rivers Music Fest
  • 4/7 - Auburn, AL @ Auburn University
  • 4/8 - Gainesville, FL @University of Florida
  • 5/5 - New Orleans, LA @ The Orpheum Theatre
  • 5/6 - Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
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