Peach Music Festival Artist Spotlight: The Black Crowes and Gov’t Mule
As Sensible Reason previously reported, the Peach Music Festival, taking place for the second year in a row August 15-18 amongst the valleys and slopes of Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA, announced their full lineup last week. As the festival is fast approaching, we thought you may want to know a little more about the headliners, and today I am here to tell you about two of them: The Black Crowes and Gov’t Mule.
We’ll start with the Black Crowes. Those of you who are kids of the ‘90s like myself probably remember them best for their hit song “She Talks to Angels,” but that’s only the tip of the musical iceberg, so to speak. It will be a treat to see these guys if you haven’t already – the band recently came off of a two-year hiatus and are currently on their first US Tour since their return, coined “Lay Down With Number 13.” In addition to headlining shows and festival appearances in the US, the musical sextet will play a number of shows in Europe and will also appear at two stadium concerts with Bruce Springsteen. According to the band’s website, they are “reaching deep inside their songbook and extensive catalog, performing greatly varied set lists” for these upcoming shows. Given that the group formed in 1989, this can only mean great and unexpected things for both longtime fans and those newly turned on to the music. The Black Crowes recently released a new live album called Wiser For Time, which features 26 songs from the band’s five-night, sold-out New York City performances in the fall of 2010. You can check out the album and buy it here. You can also take a gander at some video footage of the band performing live below.
The Black Crowes performing “Wiser Time” at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY on April 2, 2013
On to Gov’t Mule. Seasoned veterans of the old-school jam band circuit surely know these guys. Gov’t Mule was formed in 1994 by Warren Haynes. I truly hope that name rings a bell. If not….it’s time for a schooling. Warren Haynes is best known for his long-time relationship with the Allman Brothers Band. He originally joined the band as their guitarist when they reunited in 1989. Haynes left Allman in 1997 to focus on Gov’t Mule, but began splitting his time between his band and Allman once again in 2000 after the untimely death of bandmate Allen Woody (who had left Allman with Haynes to work solely with Gov’t Mule). Fast forward to the present, where Haynes continues to actively tour with Allman every year in addition to touring with Gov’t Mule, and also performs with another of his musical creations, the oh so funky Warren Haynes Band. You’ll also find Haynes appearing as a musical guest with other well-known bands, perhaps most notably Dave Matthews Band. I personally get the chills remembering Haynes take the stage at DMB Caravan at Bader Field in Atlantic City to perform one of my favorite DMB songs, “#41.” The Mule, as long-time fans affectionately call the band, was the final addition to the list of headliners for the Peach, and you definitely don’t want to miss out on them. Check out both Gov’t Mule and Warren Haynes below. (If you aren’t a DMB fan and just want to see Warren play, fast forward to about 4 minutes, 30 seconds).
Gov’t Mule performing “Broke Down on the Brazos” at Island Exodus IV in Negril, Jamaica on January 19, 2013
Dave Matthews Band featuring Warren Haynes performing “#41” at DMB Caravan at Bader Field in Atlantic City on June 25, 2011