Photo by Jay Sansone

On Nov. 12, Gov’t Mule will drop Heavy Load Blues, a new collection of studio tracks that includes originals by Warren Haynes as well as covers of Tom Waits, The Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Junior Wells, Ann Peebles, Bobby “Blue” Bland and the Animals.

To give fans a taste of the release, the band has shared the mournful lead single “Heavy Load.”

“This album gave us a mission,” Haynes explains via press release. “Although in some way it was ‘anything goes,’ we wanted to stay true to the spirit of the blues in a traditional sense. It’s not a blues/rock record – it’s a blues record. We wanted it sonically to sound different from a normal Gov’t Mule record.”

Pre-order Heavy Load Blues here.

Listen to “Heavy Load” and check out a “Behind The Scenes” clip for Heavy Load Blues below: