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Warren Haynes: Muscular Rock From Gov't Mule Leader And Honorary Allman Brother

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Warren Haynes performs in the Soundcheck studio. Warren Haynes performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

"Hard-working" is applied frequently to Warren Haynes, but even that adjective cannot account for the particularly vigorous flurry of activity in the last 12 months. Last September, the guitarist and songwriter released a new record with his band, Gov't Mule, which was really two records in one. Shout! features a second disc containing the same songs as the first, but with vocals contributed by the likes of Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews, Steve Winwood, Jim James, Grace Potter, and other high-profile guests. 

In January, Haynes announced that he would be leaving The Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014, after 25 years of touring with the group. And he recently wrapped a string of shows of Grateful Dead material arranged for symphony orchestras, performing Jerry Garcia's songs in front of distinguished ensembles like the Boston Pops.

Another hyphenated adjective that is appropriate here is "road-tested." Haynes has lived in a constant state of performance since he joined The Allman Brothers at the age of 28. His many musical collaborations with some of the finest improvisational blues and rock players in the country are in full evidence on Gov't Mule's new record -- before you even get to that guest-laden second disc.

The truth is that Haynes' musical instincts are honed to such tightness that he's a one-man rock dynamo -- something he demonstrates in a live solo electric configuration in the Soundcheck studio.

Set List:

  • "Captured"
  • "When The World Gets Small"
  • "Forsaken Savior"

Guests:

Warren Haynes

Comments [6]

khadija Boyd from brooklyn

What a treat! Love Warren! My child (a guitarist as well), adulates Warren, along w/Dickey Betts, and, most naturally, the late Duane; and Derek.
thank you.
khadija

Jun. 05 2014 09:26 PM
ronnie from Stockholm

most inspirational artist to day ;.)

WOW

Jun. 05 2014 02:56 PM
Jackstraw58 from Fort Collin, CO. USA

Warren is Rock and Roll God!

Step back Eric, Warren has your back.

Jun. 03 2014 10:37 PM
DNA from Seattle-ish

NICE! Thanks for the stream!

Jun. 03 2014 02:24 PM
Rick McClung from Acworth,Ga. 30101

One of the all time greats Warren Haynes.... A role model for all guitarist's. HE WORKS AT IT...

Jun. 03 2014 02:17 PM
john farrell from clearwater florida

seen almost all incarnations of the brothers thanks to warren and later derek this one the closest to duane saw gov mule about three feet from the stage in tampa at the ritz 2010

Jun. 03 2014 02:13 PM

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