Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule -Asheville XMas Jam (2006)

FrontCover1Warren Haynes (born April 6, 1960) is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his work as longtime guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band and as founding member of the jam band Gov’t Mule.

Early in his career he was a guitarist for David Allan Coe and The Dickey Betts Band. Haynes also is known for his associations with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, including touring with Phil Lesh and Friends and the Dead.

In addition, Haynes founded and manages Evil Teen Records.

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Gov’t Mule (pronounced “Government Mule”) is an American Southern rock jam band, formed in 1994 as a side project of the Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody. Fans often refer to Gov’t Mule simply as Mule.

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The band released their debut album, Gov’t Mule, in 1995, and have since released an additional nine studio albums, plus numerous EPs and live releases. Gov’t Mule has become a staple act at music festivals across North America, with both its members and frequent guests from other notable bands adding various funk and blues rock elements to the band’s sound. (wikipedia)

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Starting in 1988, Haynes put together an annual charity benefit show, inviting musicians originally from his home town of Asheville who were home for Christmas, the only time of year they would all be in town at the same time. The first show, held at the 45 Cherry club in Asheville on December 29, 1988, was dubbed “The Christmas Jam: Musician’s X-Mas Reunion.” Some of the artists at the first Christmas Jam were Warren Haynes, Mike Barnes, Matt Sluder, The Crystal Zoo, The Stripp Band, Ronnie Burgin and the McBad Brothers Band.


In the initial years the proceeds from the concert were donated to various charities but eventually the organizers decided to focus on Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit that constructs and preserves homes; advocates for fair and just housing policies; and provides training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. In tribute to his financial support of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, a Habitat neighborhood in Buncombe County, North Carolina, has a street named after Haynes, and another subdivision was named in honor of Warren and Stefanie Hayne’s son. In 2002, Haynes was presented with the key to the city by Asheville mayor Charles Worley. In 2003, Worley proclaimed December 18 as “Warren Haynes Day” in Asheville.


The event has continued to grow every year and is now dubbed “Warren Haynes Presents: The Christmas Jam.” Due to increasing audience demand, the show was eventually moved to the Asheville Civic Center. In 2008, for its twentieth anniversary, “The Christmas Jam” consisted of two nights of music; including “The Christmas Jam By Day,” a series of events including daytime concerts, movie screenings, and art, photo, and poster exhibits taking place in downtown Asheville on the days leading up to the show. The event reverted to one night in 2009, but retained “The Christmas Jam By Day,” and included the new “Christmas Comedy Jam.” The same format was repeated in 2010.

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And here´s Gob´t Mule gig from 2006:

Warren Haynes & Gov’t Mule live broadcast from The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina for the Christmas Pre-Jam on 12/15/2006. This live radio broadcast preceded the next day’s 18th Annual Christmas Jam at the Asheville Civic Center, a benefit for Habitat For Humanity.

And … another pretty good jam concert … I think Gov’t Mule are the best jam band in the world

Recorded live at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina, Decmber 15, 2006


Matt Abts (drums, percussion)
Warren Haynes (guitar, vocals)
Andy Hess (bass)
Danny Louis (keyboards)
Mike Barnes (guitar on 10.)
Randall Bramlett (saxophone on 09. +10.)
Henry Butler (keyboards on 10.)
Robert Kearns (bass on 10.)
Branford Marsalis (saxophone on 08.)
Ivan Neville (keyboards on 10.)
Mickey Raphael (harmonica on 03. + 10.)
Dave Schools (bass on 09.)
Kenny Vaughn (guitar on 10.)

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Warren Haynes Set:
01 WNCW . Intro 0.59
02. A Million Miles From Yesterday (Haynes) 4.13
03. Ballerina (Morrison) 6.19
04. Christmas music and intro for Gov’t Mule 1.23

Gov’t Mule Set:
05. Time To Confess (Haynes) 7.36
06. Three String George (Haynes) 6.14
07. Child Of The Earth (Haynes) 6.19
08. Devil Likes It Slow (Haynes) 12.38
09. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Winwood/Capaldi) 15.55
10. I Shall Be Released (Dylan) 12.27

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