Gov’t Mule releases “Snatch It Back and Hold It”

Renowned quartet Gov’t Mule – led by GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, guitar legend, and producer Warren Haynes – has released their new take on the Junior Wells standard “Snatch It Back and Hold It.” On the groovy arrangement, the band covered the classic track while sandwiching a spontaneous original jam called “Hold It Back” in the middle of the soulful, stirring interpretation. The funky rendition is the second track from Gov’t Mule’s forthcoming blues album, Heavy Load Blues, out November 12th via Fantasy Records, which encompasses an even mix of Haynes’ originals and revered covers originally made famous by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Ann Peebles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Tom Waits and the Animals.

“We had never played that middle section prior to recording it,” Haynes shares. “While we were working up ‘Snatch It Back,’ we just ran through all the key sections and when we got to the instrumental part, we did a very brief talk through about how it might go. It was virtually a jam, and in that sense, it kind of referenced what we normally do on stage. We get an idea and run with it to see where it winds up. It never turns out exactly like you plan it, which is great, because if it is good, it’s usually better than it would have been had you planned it a certain way.”

Heavy Load Blues is available for pre-order now at all DSPs; each digital pre-save will include an instant download of “Snatch It Back and Hold It – Hold It Back – Snatch It Back and Hold It” and previously released offering, “Heavy Load”. Physical CDs and vinyl are also available for pre-order now from the band’s webstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and local record stores. A deluxe edition featuring additional studio and live tracks, including another Haynes original and covers originally by Savoy Brown, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and more, will also be available.

Heavy Load Blues Track Listing: 

1. Blues Before Sunrise

2. Hole In My Soul

3. Wake Up Dead

4. Love Is A Mean Old World

5. Snatch It Back and Hold It – Hold It Back – Snatch It Back and Hold It

6. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City

7. (Brother Bill) Last Clean Shirt

8. Make It Rain

9. Heavy Load

10. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home

11. If Heartaches Were Nickels

12. I Asked Her For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)

13. Black Horizon

Deluxe Version – Bonus Tracks: 

1. Hiding Place

2. You Know My Love

3. Street Corner Talking

4. Have Mercy On The Criminal

5. Long Distance Call

6. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (Extended Version)

7. Need Your Love So Bad (Live)

8. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl with Hook Herrera (Live)


*New dates in bold

October 3 – Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival

October 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion #

October 16 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre #

October 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco

October 20 – Napa, CA @ Uptown Theater

October 22 – Placerville, CA @ Hangtown Music Festival

October 23 – Mountainview, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater #

October 24 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre #

October 29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

October 30 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

January 16-20 – Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Island Exodus 12

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