Gov’t Mule (w/ Col. Bruce Hampton & Pharaoh’s Kitchen), 10/17/12

Written By Honest Tune & David Shehi/ Photos By Brad Kuntz


Gov’t Mule (with Col. Bruce Hampton & Pharaoh’s Kitchen)
Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA
October 17, 2012



Leading up to the release of The Georgia Bootleg Box, the recently released six disc set that takes fans back to a three night run across Georgia in 1996, Gov’t Mule celebrated with similar run, with one being held at the same venue, as it was way back when. That one was this night at the historic Georgia Theatre that, though recently restored and quite a bit nicer than it was in ’96, still holds that certain degree of special that can only be felt, not explained. (The other two stops were at Atlanta’s Tabernacle, as opposed to the Roxy in ’96, and Macon’s Cox Capitol Theatre, as opposed to Elizabeth Reed Music Hall in ’96.)

Warming up the night was the pharaoh himself, Col. Bruce, who served up a  plentiful, even if a bit too short, set filled with soul-stewed Zambi alongside his kitchen stewards, that continues to include the blistering slide work from A.J. Ghent.

To thunderous applause, The Mule took the stage, thoroughly demonstrating what 18 years does for  a band’s musical maturation. Needless to say, many of the faithful recalled the days of Allen Woody, the eternal Mule bassist who co-founded the band with front man, Warren Haynes, as an Allman Brothers side project, and was as responsible for The Mule’s sonic foundation as was Haynes. (Woody passed away in 2000)

As many suspected, the night saw Bruce Hampton rejoin the stage alongside the aforementioned Ghent and another guest, Ike Stubblefield, to close things out during an encored offering of “Spoonful.” (Stubblefield and Ghent also guested during the soul and R&B classic, “Breaking Up Somebody’s Home”)

For Honest Tune‘s part, Brad Kuntz was on the scene to bring back the photo report.






Gov’t Mule


I: Dixie Peaches Jam > Temporary Saint > Gameface > Mountain Jam > Gameface > Trane > Eternity’s Breath > St. Stephen Jam > Presence of the Lord, Don’t Step on the Grass Sam, Birth of the Mule, Banks on the Deep End, Time to Confess

II: Goin’ out West > Bang A Gong > Goin’ out West >  Gonna Send You Back to Georgia, Beautifully Broken, Forevermore, I’m a Ram, Feel Like Breaking up Somebody’s Home*, Mule > Whole Lotta Love > Mule

Encore: Spoonful**

* w/ AJ Ghent and Ike Stubblefield
** w/ Col. Bruce Hampton, AJ Ghent, and Ike Stubblefield


Download an audience recording of Gov’t Mule’s set, HERE

(Includes Warren & Matt Abts’ rooftop set that preceded the show)


Col. Bruce Hampton & Pharaoh’s Kitchen


Fixin’ to Die, Feelin’ Good, Midnight Walker, Aint’ Nothin’ You Can Do, Surrender, There Was a Time, Right Now, Pharaoh’s Kitchen, I’m So Glad


Download an audience recording of Col. Bruce’s set, HERE


Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Kuntz





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