Gov't Mule Head Up Mountain Jam 2010
Gov't Mule will anchor the multi-band bill for the sixth year in a row with two headlining performances. Haynes' fellow Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks will introduce a new band featuring his wife, singer Susan Tedeschi, to Mountain Jam. The new group will feature an original mixture of rock, soul, blues and roots songs by Trucks and Tedeschi, both of whom received 2010 Grammy Award nominations. Mountain Jam favorites Michael Franti & Spearhead, hot off the success of their breakthrough song, "Say Hey (I Love You)," will make an exclusive northeast summer festival appearance with their return to Mountain Jam for a 5th consecutive year.
Mountain Jam's initial lineup also includes many performers who are making their debut at the Festival, including current indie darlings The Avett Brothers, touring behind their major label debut, I and Love and You, Primus bassist Les Claypool, performing a late-night outdoor set on the Mountain, reggae architect Toots and the Maytals, Colorado jamgrass sensations Yonder Mountain String Band, Hassidic reggae star Matisyahu, ALO, Lettuce, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Elmwood and The London Souls.
Building on Mountain Jam's tradition of bringing legendary performers to the Mountain, this year's lineup will feature Traffic guitarist Dave Mason. The author of such classics as "Feelin' Alright" and "Sad and Deep As You," Mason has shared the stage with Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers Band in recent years. Haynes has also paid tribute to Mason by covering "Sad and Deep As You" both with the Allman Brothers Band and during his solo sets. Additionally, Dark Star Orchestra will channel the magic of the Grateful Dead in their second Mountain Jam appearance.
Many more bands will be announced in the coming months, with 40 bands to appear on the 4 stages throughout the weekend. In addition to the two main outdoor showcase stages, live music will also be heard on the indoor Colonel's Hall Stage and an outdoor Acoustic Stage.
"We are really honored to be able to present such an amazing array of some of the best live musicians in the world," said Mountain Jam Founder and Radio Woodstock President, Gary Chetkof. "The music is and has always been the focus of Mountain Jam, and the artists on our bill will be bringing just the right energy and vibe to our mountaintop. For 3 days people will come together to enjoy the immense beauty of the Mountain, reinvigorate their spirit, and share in the creation of new friendships and experiences."