Gov’t Mule, “Soulshine”

[caption id="attachment_170858" align="aligncenter" width="722"] Photo by Anna Webber[/caption] Some songs that don’t sell millions of copies still become well-known favorites as the years go by, and even become standards. While it’s not exactly a standard yet, one such song that has become more familiar and popular with the passing of time is “Soulshine,” written by Warren Haynes of the legendary blues-rock outfit Gov’t Mule. Haynes has been one of the hardest-working musicians out there for many years, having spent over two decades as a member of the Allman Brothers Band, in addition to fronting Gov’t Mule and working with Phil Lesh and Friends, the Dave Matthews Band, and others. “Soulshine” is a song he wrote in the late 1980s in Nashville, and it was first recorded by bluesman Larry McCray before the ABB cut it in 1994 for their Where We All Belong album. But since then, the Mule has recorded it both in the studio (The Deep End, Volume 1) and live (Live... With a Little Help from Our Friends and The Deepest End, Live in Concert). A song about looking inside oneself for peace in times of trouble, it has become an anthem of hope to many. The…

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