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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 01:53 PM
Warren Haynes Hits the Studio for Gov’t Mule LP, Soulful Solo Disc
by David Browne

7/16/09, 12:49 pm EST

“Can we turn this up to 100 dBs?” Warren Haynes asks an engineer at a New York studio, where the eighth studio album by his band Gov’t Mule is being mastered. The technician complies, and “Frozen Fear” — a simmering, R&B-flavored track — erupts out the speakers.

The song is the result of what the guitarist calls “a very cathartic, creative month” this past January. After realizing how busy he would be in 2009 — thanks to a spring tour as part of the reunited Dead, followed by summer and fall shows with the Allman Brothers Band — Haynes booked time at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio in Austin right after Christmas. “We thought, ‘It’s gonna be a busy year, let’s get started with the new record right away,’” he says.

What emerged were, in fact, two records. The current lineup of Gov’t Mule — guitarist-vocalist Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Lewis, and new Swedish bass player Jorgen Carlsson — laid down over a dozen tracks for By a Thread, the band’s first album of new material in three years. The tracks range from Southern-fried rockers like “Stepping Lightly” and “Any Open Window” (”very Hendrixy,” Haynes says) to high-powered country (”Gordon Jones,” about a fictitious war profiteer) and folk (an electric version of the traditional “Railroad Boy”).

The band also recorded two different versions of another Haynes original, “Broke Down on the Brazos” — one featuring guitar dueling between Haynes and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and another (with horns) that reminds Haynes of Parliament-Funkadelic. “We didn’t want to be pigeonholed as a rock band,” says Haynes, “because we have so many influences.” Since Gov’t Mule are without a label after breaking with ATO, Haynes paid for the sessions himself and is in the process of shopping the record to a new label.

Just before the start of the Mule sessions, Haynes also cut what he calls “the record I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.” Still untitled, the album — recorded at the same Austin studio — is Haynes’ nod to vintage soul and R&B, complete with a backup band that included Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and keyboardists Ivan Neville and Faces founder Ian McLagan.

Haynes knows the results may throw Deadheads and Allmans fans for a loop. “In some ways we are part of the jam band community,” he says. “But there’s also a part of that community that’s a little close-minded and should accept a lot more genres of music than it does.”

Meaning his solo album won’t have as many of the extended guitar workouts Haynes is renowned for? “In my mind, it might have started out that way,” he chuckles. “But by the time we made the record, there’s plenty of guitar solos!”

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/07/16/warren-haynes-hi ts-the-studio-for-govt-mule-lp-soulful-solo-disc/

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 02:08 PM
new Warren too

hmmm, this ought to be interesting

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 03:49 PM
This is good news. Any record company should jump all over this one if they have half a brain.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 04:08 PM
yummy news I can't wait

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 06:33 PM
Cannot wait for these.


What I heard emanating from the Mule van sounded quite good.




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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 07:01 PM
Very, very good!! We had heard about a solo disk in the works but this certainly confirms! Looking forward to that!

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 07:18 PM
Sweet

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 07:36 PM
I guess the shopping around for a record company is why it got moved back to September.
 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 07:42 PM
Looking forward to both!

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 09:10 PM
Just wondering-- does Warren really NEED a record company in this day and age?
 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 09:26 PM
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Just wondering-- does Warren really NEED a record company in this day and age?


Only if he wants to sell records to anyone outside his immediate fan base. I like the way he did it though. Do the record the way you want first THEN see if any label wants to release it.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 10:03 PM
I think distribution is the issue. Decent sized labels are better at it than others.

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 08:23 AM
I wonder if parting from ATO records effects the Mule's "Blue Rose" deal for the European market. Was probably a distribution deal but since the Mule became part of the Blue Rose family the avialability of their recording output really improved in the record stores and online stores over here. Blue Rose is a real cool German label.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 08:24 AM
The Mule should try and land a deal with a label like "New West".

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 08:32 AM
Anyone know why they left ATO? Gregg needs to take a page (or two) from Warren's book and make some new music!

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 09:01 AM
Wha about Evil Teen?

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 09:02 AM
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Haynes knows the results may throw Deadheads and Allmans fans for a loop. “In some ways we are part of the jam band community,” he says. “But there’s also a part of that community that’s a little close-minded and should accept a lot more genres of music than it does.”




I can see that.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 09:02 AM
I wonder how he got hooked up with Ian McLagan. Thats pretty cool..now only if the Faces would do something!!!!!

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 08:09 PM
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This is good news. Any record company should jump all over this one if they have half a brain.


Well.........as good as they are. The Mule is not exactly a big money maker for any label. Many people on here would be suprised at how low their sales are.

I look forward to buying both.

 

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