When it comes down to it, all Haynes wants is a comfortable lifestyle, a decent recording contract, and the chance to play to a thousand people at a time. He points to Blues Traveler as one good role model to follow down the road to popularity. "They started out at a real grassroots level, just spreadin' the word," says Haynes, "and by the time it got to their fourth record, they'd built up an audience to the point where radio and MTV gave in and had to play them. That's the way to do it. Bands that go chasin' the trends end up fallin' by the wayside."
As Neil Young once sang, "Hey hey, my my, rock 'n' roll will never die." Some might say that Gov't Mule's brand of heavy, psychedelic rock should have died a long time ago, but the band obviously intends to stick around for a while. This Mule is in it for the long haul.
Gov't Mule plays on Friday, April 17, at the Chili Pepper, 109 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale. The Derek Trucks Band also plays. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 954-525-5996.