Gov’t Mule won two Jammy Awards — Live Album of the Year for The Deepest End and Live Performance of the Year — to lead all acts at last night’s ceremony at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. Mule mainman Warren Haynes also picked up a third award, Song of the Year for “Old Before My Time,” which he co-wrote and recorded with the Allman Brothers Band.
The fourth annual event was held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and drew the Mule along with recent Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood (inducted with Traffic), who received the Lifetime Jammy Award.
Despite awards that went to the Dave Matthews Band (DVD of the Year for The Central Park Concert), the Grateful Dead (Archival Album of the Year for Closing of Winterland: December 31, 1978), Phish (Tour of the Year, Summer 2003), Moe (Studio Album of the Year for Wormwood and others, the Jammys have become notable for their diverse list of performers and on-stage collaborations.
Last night’s event witnessed a Black Crowes reunion, as frontman Chris Robinson (who earlier joined Gov’t Mule for a cover of Neil Young’s “Southern Man”) was joined by brother/guitarist Rich Robinson and keyboardist Eddie Harsch for the Crowes’ “Sometimes Salvation.” The performance was the Crowes first since the band went in hiatus in early 2002. Jam band favorites like the String Cheese Incident, Robert Randolph and the Derek Trucks Band were on hand to perform, along with other artists including Edie Brickell and Slick Rick.