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  posted on 8/15/2010 at 07:34 PM

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A word with 'Guitar God' Warren Haynes
By Brent Hallenbeck, Free Press Staff Writer ē Thursday, August 12, 2010

It turns out being a rock star is a pretty cool gig. Warren Haynes thinks so, anyway. Thereís something about playing with a couple of popular bands (hard-rockers Govít Mule and Southern-rockers The Allman Brothers Band) and being classified in the category of Guitar God that gives a guy high job satisfaction. Haynes is touring right now with Govít Mule in support of the bandís brand-new album, ďMulennium,Ē and theyíll visit Burlington on Friday. Aug. 13 for a show during the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. He spoke last week by phone before a concert in Richmond, Va.



Burlington Free Press: You tour a lot with Govít Mule, and The Allman Brothers Band keeps you busy, too. Is juggling the two difficult?

Warren Haynes: It just kind of goes with the territory. This year thereís a lot more Govít Mule because we have a new record weíre promoting and The Allman Brothers have agreed to take the rest of the year off. In general thatís just part of the overall plan, having to work out the timing.

BFP: Are you a Type A personality who likes to do stuff all the time?

WH: I donít think Iím Type A. I like to be busy but I think a lot of that is based on the fact that I have a really good job. I really enjoy my work so it doesnít feel like work. I stay inspired musically because thatís what I love to do. I donít think thereís anybody who enjoys their job 100 percent of the time but I think I probably enjoy my job more than the average person. Anybody who loves what they do for a living is pretty lucky.

BFP: Rolling Stone named you the 23rd-greatest guitarist ever. Thatís pretty exalted company youíre keeping.

WH: I was very surprised when that happened. They called our office and said, ďWeíre doing this issue,Ē it was an article about the greatest guitar players of all time, and they said I made this list, so I was surprised in the first place. But they wouldnít tell us where on the list I fell so I assumed I came in at 100. Then when the magazine came out and I found out where I was I was very pleasantly surprised. Lists like that ó and I definitely appreciate the fact that I got acknowledged ó those kinds of things are peopleís opinions, and when youíre talking about music itís someoneís opinion, itís not like a sport where you can look at the statistics. Of course I would have my own list and it would be completely different.

BFP: Whoís on your list?

WH: Albert King, whoís one of my favorite blues guitarists; people like Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top). I think they were both conspicuously absent. A lot of jazz-guitar players, and I understand it wasnít meant for a jazz audience, but thereís a lot of great jazz-guitar players that came before that are better than any of us after.

BFP: One of the bands playing at the festival youíre playing in Burlington is Vermontís own Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. I remember them raving about you guys when they toured with you, and perhaps not coincidentally their sound got harder after that. Do you think you might have influenced them?

WH: I know that we played a lot of music together over the course of time that we were on the road. We spent a lot of time on stage together. Grace would join us almost every night as would (guitarist) Scott (Tournet) on many occasions, and I joined those guys many times. Iím sure thereís some sort of cross-pollination. Most importantly we all had a great time and shared a love of good music where we would sit and listen to a lot of old music and turn each other on to things they may or may not have heard.

BFP: Like what?

WH: A lot of stuff, whether it be The Band or Al Green or Free. Graceís knowledge of musical history, as well as the other folks in the band, is really vast. I was really impressed with how much she knew about not just rock music but music in general, historically speaking. I think thatís very important. A lot of young artists donít pay attention to that and I think itís a mistake.

BFP: Why is that a mistake?

WH: If youíre only influenced by the previous 10 years or something your music is going to be extremely limited. I think every musician, every artist needs to listen as far back as you can and explore as many genres as you can. It makes for a more well-rounded musician.

BFP: You turned 50 four months ago. Any great epiphanies from that?

WH: You know, it went pretty smoothly for me. Itís a cliche, but itís just a number. Itís all about how you feel. I feel great and Iím having a blast doing what I do. Youíre the second person to ask today about turning 50 and I was shocked both times ó ďIím 50?Ē I feel like Iím 35.

BFP: You donít think about the idea of rock as a young manís game?

WH: It doesnít apply anymore. The world has gone past that. There are so many great artists and bands that are playing into their 60s and 70s; me being 50, Iím still very young.

BFP: Do you feel the need to reinvent yourself as the years go on?

WH: I plan to do a lot of different projects, a lot of different things that Iíve had in the works for a long time. Next year Iím going to release a solo record thatís all original music based on the soul music I grew up with. I also would like to do an instrumental record ó I hate to call it jazz, but definitely a record of all instrumental material ó a blues record, a ó dare I say it ó singer-songwriter record. Now itís getting closer and closer to the time to bring those things to fruition. I donít think of it as reinventing myself as much as showcasing all the things I want to do.

BFP: Do you feel like your audience has built up enough now so that theyíll go in different directions with you that they might not have gone in 15 years ago?

WH: Thereís a reason that Iíve waited to do some of these things, because the timing didnít necessarily feel right. We have a record thatís been in the can for over 10 years, Govít Mule with (jazz guitarist) John Scofield, instrumental material thatís recorded live. Weíve had that record in the can for ages and weíve been waiting for the right time to release it, which will probably be next year, hopefully. I think his audience and our audience are more closely connected now than they were then.


Read more: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20100812/ENT05/100811016/A-word- with-Guitar-God-Warren-Haynes#ixzz0wiyYheGS

 
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  posted on 8/15/2010 at 07:36 PM
Nice article. Alot to look forward to in the future from Warren. Soul album, instrumental album, blues album and a singer/songwriter album. Plus finally the ScoMule show. sweet.
 

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  posted on 8/16/2010 at 05:25 AM
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... We have a record thatís been in the can for over 10 years, Govít Mule with (jazz guitarist) John Scofield, instrumental material thatís recorded live. Weíve had that record in the can for ages and weíve been waiting for the right time to release it, which will probably be next year, hopefully. ....


WOW- please release this today.

[Edited on 8/16/2010 by Smattermonnat]

 

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  posted on 8/16/2010 at 07:12 AM
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  posted on 8/17/2010 at 11:36 AM
Yeah, he's been talking about the Sco-Mule record for so long, I wondered what the situation was with that... Plus I was also wondering about this soul record... Next year sounds good, although I wish it were sooner.
 
 


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