Warren Haynes is a generation-spanning guitar hero; he wasn't out of grade school when some of his best-known collaborators were at the peak of their fame, but he's earned a powerful reputation for his fiery guitar work, steeped in blues and Southern rock traditions, and has distinguished himself as a songwriter, bandleader, and solo artist as well as a gifted sideman. As rock’s foremost MVP singer-guitarist, the burly native of Asheville, North Carolina has been constantly on the move and in the spotlight for the past two decades.
During that time Haynes has maintained his tenure in Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers Band and the Dead, and while barely catching his breath between their tours and studio sessions, he’s also performed or cut tunes with a diverse array of musicians including Phil Lesh & Friends, James Hetfield, Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews, Kid Rock and most recently with his longtime hero BB King.
Warren Haynes’ long-anticipated solo album, Man In Motion (Concord Records), is a timeless collection of songs that crackle with modern vitality yet draw on his deepest roots as an artist. He cut the album at Willie Nelson’s studio in Austin, Texas. Haynes is known for his work in jam bands, but on the new disc he focuses on soul music – with help from Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan along with Meters members George Porter, Jr. on bass and Ivan Neville on keyboards. In the nearly two decades since his last solo outing, Gov't Mule has commanded most of his attention. "That's kind of my laboratory to do whatever I want to do," he says. "I feel like Gov't Mule is going to be recording and touring for years to come, when The Allman Brothers decide to stop, and when The Dead decide to stop. So solo records are kind of on the back burner."
The disc pumps fresh blood into the heart of soul and blues, stoked by Haynes’s Herculean prowess as both a powerhouse singer and guitarist — a reputation he’s earned as a member of three of the greatest live groups in rock history: The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead and his own Gov’t Mule.
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