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Gov’t Mule readies new album for upcoming non-festival whoring summer tour

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    It’s hard to imagine the gentlemen of Gov’t Mule have any extra free time on there hands these days, what with all the work that entails ridding one’s “festival whore” status. But the southern jammers apparently found enough to allow for the creation of a brand new studio album.

    Entitled By A Thread and due for release on July 28th, Gov’t Mule’s eight full-length endeavor is the result of some recording time at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio in Texas earlier this summer. The trip reportedly went well beyond just recording, with many of the album’s 11 tracks said to be inspired by the setting surrounding ol’ Willie’s studio – for example, track #1, “Broke Down On The Brazos” is named after a nearby river, and features a “deep Texas stomp for the backbeat and the trademark guitar-work of ZZ Top founder Billy Gibbons.”

    Those who pre-order the album via mule.net will receive an exclusive digital download of live Gov’t Mule recordings. These recordings, entitled Mule Tracks Presents: The Soundchecks, will be made during rehearsals and the first few soundchecks from the band’s upcoming tour.

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    By A Thread Tracklist
    01. Broke Down On The Brazos
    02. Steppin’ Lightly
    03. Railroad Boy
    04. Monday Mourning Meltdown
    05. Gordon James
    06. Any Open Window
    07. Frozen Fear
    08. Forevermore
    09. Inside Outside Woman Blues #3
    10. Scenes From A Troubled Mind
    11. World Wake Up

    Gov’t Mule 2009 Tour Dates:
    05/29 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
    05/30 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
    06/04 – Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa Music Festival
    06/05 – Live Oak, FL @ Wannee Music Festival
    06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
    06/27 – Jarvenpaa, FI @ Puisto Blues Festival
    07/05 – Rothbury, MI @ Rothbury Festival
    07/07 – Peoria, IL @ CEFCU Center Stage
    07/09 – Washburn, WI @ Big Top Chautauqua
    07/10 – Des Moines, IA @ Simon Estes Amphitheater
    07/11 – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavilion
    07/12 – Mansfield, OH @ Renaissance Theatre
    07/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
    07/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Weesner Amphitheatre
    07/17 – Alta, WY @ Grand Targhee Americana Festival
    07/18 – Fort Collins, CO @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre
    07/19 – Denver, CO @ Mile High Music Festival
    07/23 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furnace
    07/24 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Fillmore
    07/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Hall
    07/26 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
    07/29 – Richmond, VA @ Innsbrook Pavilion
    07/30 – Washington, DC @ National Harbor Pavilion
    07/31 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
    08/02 – Buffalo, NY @ Rocks The Harbor
    08/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Riverplex
    08/05 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
    08/06 – Rochester, NY @ Party in the Park
    08/07 – Utica, NY @ Saranac Brewery
    08/08 – Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
    09/12 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion

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