Coming up on its 25-year anniversary, Gov't Mule has a lot to be thankful for.
The band has earned itself a loyal fan base and a reputation as a top notch live act. But the massive success on tour has fed into another challenge in the studio.
"The audience...encourages us to go beyond what we could do in the studio, because that's really what we're trying to do," Haynes says. "A lot of bands try to figure out how to recreate what they did in the studio...live. And we're the opposite. We want to go in the studio and capture what we know we can do live — or at least some glimpse of that, you know."
The Mule's latest release is Bring on the Music: Live at the Capitol Theatre Vol. 1. It's a live album that celebrates the band's incredible legacy.
Haynes says that there's a special thanks to the fans in the liner notes of the new release.
"It talks about the relationship between us and our audience," he says. "And how we wouldn't be doing this — we wouldn't even have the opportunity to still be doing it 25 years later, if it wasn't for the audience. And I don't mean that in a cliché way."
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