Blues/rock powerhouse Gov’t Mule has signed to Blue Note Records and will release Shout!, the group’s first studio album in four years, on Sept. 24.

The album will include a special bonus CD that includes the 11 tracks from the album in different versions, each one sung by a different special guest, with details to be announced soon. See Disc 1 track listing below.

“The Mule holds a unique and lofty berth. They have roots that run real deep -- drawing from the entire history of rock ‘n’ roll going all the way back to Robert Johnson and the Delta,” Blue Note Records’ President Don Was says in a statement. “Yet, despite their mastery of past idioms, they have managed to rearrange those elements into a whole new thing. On this new album, they've elevated their songwriting, playing, and production values to a whole new plateau. It’s gonna blow people's minds.”

“I’ve been a huge jazz fan since my early teens. I have hundreds of jazz CD’s in my collection and I can honestly say that the majority are Blue Note recordings,” adds the Mule’s singer/guitarist Warren Haynes. “My favorite period of jazz is 1955-1965, and I went through a time when I bought every Blue Note record from that era, whether I knew of it or not. Their reputation for putting out the best of the best is unparalleled and the sound of those recordings will never be topped. It’s those kind of recordings that have convinced all of us in Gov’t Mule that the only way to capture improvisational music in the studio is to record as ‘live’ as possible. We are truly honored to be part of the Blue Note roster.”

Co-founded by Haynes with drummer Matt Abts and featuring keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson, Gov’t Mule has released nine critically acclaimed studio albums and an assortment of DVDs and live albums. The band has sold more than three million song downloads through their site MuleTracks and is the consummate live act, with sold-out coast-to-coast tours. Haynes himself has been dubbed rock ‘n roll’s Iron Man, touring with such powerful live outfits the Allman Brothers Band the Dead, as well as his own Warren Haynes Band.

The 11 original songs on Shout! were written over the course of the past two years and recorded at Carlsson’s Los Angeles studio and at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Conn., with longtime co-producer/engineer Gordie Johnson co-producing with Haynes.  The band recently embarked on its "Prepare To Shout" tour, which will continue through the summer. They will perform at Mountain Jam (June 6-9), which Haynes has presented over the last nine years, and at Bonnaroo (June 15).  In addition, Haynes will be involved with two other tours: the Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes, curated by the Garcia family and Haynes; and a trek with the Allman Brothers Band, which he has been a member of since 1989.

Shout! Track Listing
1. World Boss
2. No Reward
3. Whisper In Your Soul
4. Captured
5. Scared To Live
6. Stoop So Low
7. Forsaken Savior
8. Done Got Wise
9. When The World Gets Small
10. Funny Little Tragedy
11. Bring On The Music

Gov’t Mule Tour Dates
6/4 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
6/5 – Charlottesville, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion
6/6 – Newport, RI – Newport Yachting Center
6/8 – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam
6/12 – Buffalo, NY – Artpark
6/13 – Grand Rapids, MI – Meijer Gardens
6/15 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
7/27 – Bridgeport, CT – Gathering of the Vibes
9/5-9/8 –    Arrington, VA – Interlocken Festival (w/ Gov’t Mule AND
             The Warren Haynes Band in one day)
9/13 – Fredericton, NB – Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
9/15 – Burlington, VT – Grand Point North

Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration feat. Warren Haynes
6/18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Symphony Hall w/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
                    Conductor: Fawzi Haimor
6/20 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre w/North Carolina Symphony
6/22 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood Music Center w/The Boston Pops
             Conductor: Keith Lockhart
6/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center w/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
                    Conductor: Fawzi Haimor
6/26 – Vienna, Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Colorado Symphony
                    Conductor: Scott O'Neill
8/01 – San Francisco, CA – Davies Symphony Hall w/San Francisco Symphony
                    Conductor: Sarah Hicks
8/02 – San Francisco, CA – Davies Symphony Hall w/San Francisco Symphony
                    Conductor: Sarah Hicks
8/04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre w/55-piece Orchestra
                    Conductor: Sean O'Laughlin
VA – WolfTrap w/the National Symphony Orchestra
                    Conductor: Emil de Cou
7/30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Colorado Symphony
                    Conductor: Scott O'Neill
8/01 – San Francisco, CA – Davies Symphony Hall w/San Francisco Symphony
                    Conductor: Sarah Hicks
8/02 – San Francisco, CA – Davies Symphony Hall w/San Francisco Symphony
                    Conductor: Sarah Hicks
8/04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre w/55-piece Orchestra
                    Conductor: Sean O'Laughlin