No group in the jam-band genre polarizes fans the way Gov't Mule
does. Depending on whom you ask, it's either the best Southern rock band of all time or the living embodiment of everything that's wrong with pointless noodling. But there's one thing everyone can agree on: Warren Haynes, the band's frontman, is one of the best guitarists playing today. His lyrical lead lines, when fully unleashed, are legendary especially after Haynes' recent stints in both the Allman Brothers and the Dead, where he came as close to replacing Jerry Garcia as anyone ever will. Gov't Mule's latest full-length, High & Mighty
, as well as the 2005 EP Mo Voodoo
, could win the band some converts, mostly because the guys keep things concise. The addition of keyboardist Danny Louis to the power-trio lineup also helps. Louis forces his bandmates rounded out by drummer Matt Abts and bassist Andy Hess to concentrate on the songs, letting "I'll Be the One" breathe and giving a cover of David Grey's "My Oh My" a bit of grit without making it feel dusty.
Gov't Mule joins Donavon Frankenreiter on Friday, November 10, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, 1806 NE Sixth St., Pompano Beach. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $33. Call 954-523-3309, or visit www.ticketmaster.com.