(l-r) Gov’t Mule’s Jorgen Carlsson, bass; Matt Abts, drums; Warren Haynes, lead vocal, guitar; Danny Louis, keyboards; and Steve Holroyd, recording engineer, with the Telefunken CU-29 “Copperhead” large diaphragm condenser microphone. Photo by David Goggin.
South Windsor, CT (October 30, 2013)—Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes sang through a Telefunken M80 dynamic mic when tracking the band’s latest release, a double album entitled Shout!
Shout! is the tenth studio album from the power blues group, and a departure from its previous releases. The band’s first album for Blue Note Records is a double-album, with one set collecting 11 new tracks, and the other featuring an all-star line-up of artists interpreting those songs.
The album features guest appearances from Ben Harper, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Jim James, Grace Potter, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Ty Taylor, Dave Matthews, Myles Kennedy, and Steve Winwood.
“No one’s done this before, which is exciting,” says Gov’t Mule’s singer, guitarist and co-founder Warren Haynes. “But it’s even more exciting actually listening to these artists sing our songs,” he continues. “Their performances bring new ideas, energy and sometimes even different meanings to every number.”
“Warren prefers to track lead vocals with dynamic mics,” explained recording engineer Steve Holroyd at his and Jorgen Carlsson’s LA private studio (Roger’s Boat Studios). “We tried all the usual dynamics and Telefunken’s M80 blew them away. Stunning detail and presence with a tight low end. The Copperhead is a great utility mic and sounds open and warm. We used it on drums and percussion, and believe me, Matt Abts [the band’s drummer] was very happy.”
“It’s hard to believe but the new Telefunken mics are on par with Telefunken mics of old,” added Haynes.
The rock band Gov’t Mule (pronounced Government Mule) was co-founded in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes. Gov’t Mule has become a staple act at music festivals across North America, with both its members and frequent guests boasting members from other notable bands, adding various funk and blues rock elements to the band’s sound.