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  posted on 12/5/2008 at 01:50 PM
Warren Haynes Visits WNEW.com Studios for Interview and Acoustic Session

Posted by Matt Simpson - WNEW Staff on December 5, 2008

http://www.wnew.com/2008/12/warren-haynes-v.html

James Brown was the 'Hardest Working Man in Showbiz', a title he rightly deserved, but without a doubt the hardest working man in rock 'n roll is Warren Haynes. The man we first met as the 'new guy' in the Allman Brothers Band twenty years ago has grown into a frontman extraordinaire, equal parts bandleader and scene-maker.

The man also known as the Mayor of Bonnaroo stopped by our studios last week for an incredible acoustic session and interview. Hear the entire show right now by clicking play below. (Go to link above for all links to the actual interview, music and photos.)

Warren talked to our own Evan Levy about all things Gov't Mule and Allman Brothers, and went into detail about how he puts together the yearly Christmas Jam shows in his hometown of Asheville, NC. He also talked about attending the Led Zeppelin reunion show this year ("made us feel like we were in high school again"). We were also excited to hear about big plans being laid for next year's 40th anniversary of the Allman Brothers. And yes, that includes the return of the legendary Beacon Theater run (sounds like it's set for March). Warren reckons he's played the Beacon over 170 times, far more than any other venue.

As incredible as it was to talk to Warren Haynes in person, all was forgotten the minute he picked up his guitar and started to sing. Without warning he launched into two of the most achingly beautiful songs you'll ever hear: Beautifully Broken and Soulshine. Both are available below for your listening pleasure. And click through to see more photos from a banner day at WNEW.com studios.

We hope you'll join us this New Year's Eve to see Gov't Mule tear down 2008 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. We're giving away tickets here - go enter to win.

http://www.wnew.com/2008/12/warren-haynes-v.html



[Edited on 12/10/2008 by Angelemerald]

 
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  posted on 12/5/2008 at 01:53 PM
This is great. Listening right now.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2008 at 02:23 PM
thanks
 

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  posted on 12/5/2008 at 02:24 PM

 

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  posted on 12/5/2008 at 02:28 PM
I thought it was funny when he was jokingly asked if he was joing to join Led Zeppelin for their reunion tour

Great interview- thanks for sharing the link!

 

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  posted on 12/5/2008 at 02:32 PM
Me too!

 

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  posted on 12/5/2008 at 02:34 PM
Thanks

 

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  posted on 12/5/2008 at 03:09 PM
Thanks for that, Warren always comes across like a really nice bloke (English expression!)

 

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  posted on 12/7/2008 at 07:14 AM
thanks so much,excellent interview. warren is so modest,and really has a lot of respect for people when he talks.He said he is working on a solo album+ govt mule cd.
 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 11:54 AM
If you didn't see this yet, you should take a few minutes to follow the link. It's a sweet interview. I think it's about 30 minutes long.
 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 12:46 PM
The place where Rock kinda sorta still lives. Phil was in with Jackie Green a few
weeks ago, but the web feed didn't sound so great. I think they only played
one song. Will have to check this out when I get home tonight.

WNEW is broadcasting on one of the secondary digital channels of the current
station at 102.7 (not sure of the call letters, but it's not WNEW). You will need
an HD radio receiver/tuner to get it. Every time I see ads for the new station
at 102.7 it makes we want to cry. There are still a few places where 1027 is my
pin/password. Gone are the days...

 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 04:29 PM

 

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  posted on 12/8/2008 at 08:37 PM
Sounds good, but for some reason it's mono! Still 256K is not bad.
 

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  posted on 12/10/2008 at 01:54 PM
GET BEHIND THE MULE - Gov’t Mule
Dec 10, 2008

BY FRED MILLS

Together since the mid ‘90s, Gov't Mule - initially comprising Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, plus erstwhile Dickey Betts drummer Matt Abts - is considered in many quarters to be one of America's premiere bands du jam. The group's popularity on the summer festival circuit has a lot to do with that of course; the Mule is part of a long tradition of jam-minded outfits that include the Allmans, Phish, the Grateful Dead (with whom Haynes also performs, as the Dead), Widespread Panic, etc.

But you know all this.

More important is that anyone who's ever listened closely to Mule records or seen the group in concert has sensed that within the beast also beats the twin heart of hard-edged rock ‘n' roll and extemporaneous jazz. Just one glance at some of the covers that Haynes & Co. pull out in concert will offer ample proof of that: Humble Pie, Hendrix, Traffic, Black Sabbath, John Coltrane, Mongo Santamaria, Neil Young, and more. (Prince, even. Go figure!) Now imagine all those influences coalescing within the boundaries of a single Mule original.

There's no way one can walk away from a Gov't Mule show and not be awed at both the free-wheeling virtuosity and the pedal-to-metal aesthetic that's been on display for the past two (or three, or four...) hours.

There have been changes over the years of course: in 2000 Allen Woody passed away, and a long period of reorganization referred to nowadays as "The Deep End" era followed (a reference to the two sprawling The Deep End albums released in 2001 and 2001) that found Gov't Mule performing with a who's-who of bass legends. During this time keyboardist Danny Louis came into the fold, and eventually a permanent bassist was found in the form of Andy Hess. That lineup recorded the group's most recent studio albums, 2006's High and Mighty and last year's guest star-studded dub-reggae record Mighty High. Then this past September it was announced that Hess was leaving and would be replaced by Swedish ex-pat Jorgen Carlsson, who subsequently toured with the group on the band's fall "Kinder Revolution" tour.

BLURT got Haynes on the horn recently to talk about his annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2008 with a two-night blowout this week (Dec. 12 and 13) in Haynes' home town of Asheville, North Carolina. That conversation will appear on the BLURT website tomorrow, Dec. 11. But in the meantime we wanted to get the scoop on where things stand with Gov't Mule - playing both nights at the Jam, incidentally - at the moment. For more on the band go to the official Mule website, and for the latest updates on the Christmas Jam, go to the Christmas Jam website.

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Tell me about the new guy - how are things looking with him and the Mule?

WARREN HAYNES: Jorgen Carlsson, originally from Sweden but living in Los Angeles for 15, 16 years or something, we were referred to him by our friend Jeff Young, who was the keyboard player in my band pre-Gov't Mule. Jorgen and Jeff are close friends and do a lot of work together in L.A. So when Jeff heard we were auditioning bass players, he called and said, "Hey, I know this guy I think you guys should check out."

So we added him to the list of people we were going to audition. And we only auditioned about a dozen bass players, all of which came extremely highly recommended through close friends; we didn't want to open up the door to a cattle call kind of situation where we were auditioning a hundred people. Everyone we played with was great, and several of them were quite amazing, but Jorgen had the spirit of the music. In an odd way, he brought some of Woody's personality back into the music. See, he plays very aggressively, plays with a pick part of the time, and it just seemed like the right fit.

We had made an agreement with Andy that he would go into September so we could take a six-month period of working with Jorgen on and off, having him learn songs and rehearsing when we could, to make it a much smoother transition. Because there are so many songs in our repertoire in this point... [laughs]


That's kind of an understatement...

WH: ... and the last thing we wanted to do was take a huge step backwards and go back to playing the same setlist, or even anything close to that, every night! One thing people may have noticed is that on the last tour with Jorgen, we played about 120 [different] songs. Which is a lot to throw on someone that early in the game! But he's been great.


Were people surprised that you didn't go with someone who'd previously worked with the band, say during the Deep End period?

WH: I'm sure some people were surprised that it was someone they'd never seen us play with, yes. But we were looking for the right fit, having gone through an enormous searching process prior to Andy. And the right fit's not always going to be someone that people expect.


What has Andy been doing since he left the band?

WH: You know, I'm not really sure. I think he's just moving on doing his own thing.


It must be daunting for anyone to take on the mantle of Gov't Mule bass player.

WH: Jorgen is a very versatile musician and can play a lot of different styles, but he's very much a rocker. His natural spirit is very much a rock ‘n' roll one, and that's one of the things he has in common with Allen Woody; his natural tendencies are similar to Woody's, probably more so than anyone we've played with since Woody passed. And it might have been a little too close to home to have brought him into the fold earlier on, but with all the time that's passed now, it seems like it's a nice thing.


You just wrapped up this year's leg of "The Kinder Revolution" tour - any moments that really stand out in your mind from it?

WH: Well, I really loved the Halloween show [Boston] where we did the 90 minute Pink Floyd set for the second set. We brought in quad sound, lasers, the works. It was quadraphonic, we had a laser show, Ron Holloway played sax, and we had three girl singers - two of which that had sung with Pink Floyd in the past.


I saw Floyd on the tour of America where they brought the quad sound system with them to do Dark Side of the Moon. Any feedback from Roger Waters on your show?

WH: [laughs] No, not a thing. We were already thinking that way, for a Halloween show, before we got the news that Richard Wright died. So when we got that news it just confirmed in our minds that it was the right thing.


You can do something like this every year, like Phish used to do.

WH: Well, we're trying to avoid doing the same thing and we don't want it to be predictable. Halloween 2007 we did Houses of the Holy. But we didn't want to do a Pink Floyd record, and we don't want it to turn into we're doing a different record each time. So we just picked a group of songs that made sense together, that spanned about 5 or 6 Floyd records, and I thought it flowed really nicely. [Note: Floyd setlist: One Of These Days > Fearless > Pigs On The Wing Part 2 > Shine On You Crazy Diamond )> Have A Cigar > Speak To Me > Breathe > On The Run > Time > Money )> Comfortably Numb > Shine On You Crazy Diamond reprise > Wish You Were Here]


Are you working up anything new in the studio? Obviously that's the next step with a new member in the band.

WH: Yeah, we have been, and I'm hoping to get into the studio sometime in January or February. We had started a record with Andy, so I have a feeling that the next record is going to have Andy and Jorgen on it.


In the meantime you have the traditional end-of-year run of Mule shows in New York. Why did you have to split that between two venues?

WH: We normally do three nights at the Beacon, but the Beacon's closed for renovation. So had to move to the Hammerstein, which is a bigger venue; two nights in Hammerstein [Dec. 30-31] is like three nights at the Beacon, so when you add in the two shows at the Angel Orensanz Center [Dec. 27-28] I think it's going to be a really good week of music. The two small shows are acoustic, and we don't do that very often so it'll be a lot of fun.


http://www.blurt-online.com/features/view/234


 
 


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