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    Check out this article on my favorite guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer/ etc.....also check out the new 'Mule release "High and Mighty" at record stores everywhere.

    Guitarist Haynes is doin' double duty in Allman Brothers Band & Gov't Mule

    By Steve Kirchman
    skirchma@greenbaypressgazette.com

    Go ahead, envy Warren Haynes. He not only has one dream job, he has two.


    He feeds his rock soul as a guitarist for the iconic Southern rockers The Allman Brothers Band. And he follows his creative muse as leader of the jam band Gov't Mule.


    On Tuesday, he'll do both as the bands play a sold-out double bill at Oneida Casino. For Haynes, that will mean about four hours of stage time. But he doesn't even come close to calling it work.


    "In the world that we are in, when you play with the right people it's so natural," Haynes said in a phone call from New York City. "The music sort of plays itself."


    Haynes, 46, ranked by Rolling Stone in 2003 as the 23rd greatest guitarist of all time, follows a pair of legendary string benders in the Allmans. The late Duane Allman (ranked second in the survey) founded the band in 1969. And Dickey Betts (ranked 58th) took the Allmans to its zenith in the early 1970s with his hit creations "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica."


    The band unceremoniously dumped Betts in 1999. Haynes, who first performed with the Allmans in 1989, left, then rejoined in 2001, thinks most fans have come to accept the change.


    "I think it would be much more difficult to accept, if the band didn't sound so good. but now the band sounds amazing," he said.


    "In my situation, I've always looked at it as an extremely positive opportunity. I grew up listening to the Allman Brothers. They were always one of my favorites. When that happened, the choice was, 'Do I want to be a part of an institution, or do I want to stick to what I was doing, which was very different?'"


    That something different was Gov't Mule, an offshoot jam band he founded in 1994 with former Allmans bassist Allen Woody. The side project, which allowed Haynes to indulge his jazz-improvisation skills in a bluesy, power-trio setting, quickly gained a following of its own.


    "I like to write a lot of music that may not fit (the Allmans)," Haynes said. "So I always needed another outlet."


    Woody's death in 2000 temporarily derailed the project. Haynes and drummer Matt Abts finally found permanent replacements in 2004 with bassist Andy Hess and keyboardist Danny Louis. Mule's new release, "High and Mighty," continues to bridge the rock-improvisation gap.


    "I think it's the strongest Gov't Mule record yet," Haynes said. "The band sounds better than it ever has. We captured a lot of that new chemistry on the record."


    Mule will open Tuesday's show at the casino. Haynes says he expects the band's set to run for about 75 minutes. The Allman's part of the concert could go another two to 2½ hours, he said.


    "Both bands are steeped in improv, jazz and soul music mixed together," he said. "The Allman Brothers is a little more of an institution. When you think of the sound of the Allman Brothers, you can conjure up what that is. When we started Gov't Mule, we obviously wanted to use a lot of the same ingredients but sound different. Gov't Mule's sound is constantly evolving."


    That evolution no doubt is followed by fans who are able to download virtually any Mule concert off the band's Web site. Haynes believes that direct band-to-fan link is a godsend for musical acts ignored by much of radio.


    "That's been a blessing for us," Haynes said. "Even though it is a little intimidating to know that every note you play is available for download. I think it is the wave of a future for bands like us that play a different set list every night and take a different approach to the songs."


    The Allmans finish their three-month summer tour next weekend. For Haynes, that means another week of playing off Gregg Allman's bluesy organ or trading guitar riffs with Derek Trucks. The goal, as always: hitting that certain, electrified musical zone.


    "It's amazing, because you try to achieve a level collectively, where even your bad nights are good," he said. "And it is really those times when it is the most effortless. When things are flowing like that you feel the music is carrying you along."


    "I'm so in love with my job."


    Make that either job.



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    Thanks for posting. Warren is one kickass, underrated guitar player!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis5150
    Thanks for posting. Warren is one kickass, underrated guitar player!
    My pleasure....He's also an incredible singer and songwriter. Check out the 'Mule release, "High and Mighty" and you'll hear the "heavier" side of Warren. The thing about him is he's sooooo talented but also a very humble and down to earth guy. One minute the guy can rip out a heavy blues based rock tune, then jam out a classic Allman Brothers tune like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." Then sit down and sing a beautiful, soulful ballad....He's the most versatile musician I've ever heard or seen live. He and Derek Trucks have reinvigorated the ABB.....If you're a serious guitar nut, you really should see the ABB, preferably with Gov't Mule or the Derek Trucks band opening. I gaurantee you won't be disappointed.

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    If any of you West Coasters are interested in seeing Gov't Mule, below are some of their fall tour dates. Note the LA date and a few more in good ol' California. You really should consider it as they Absolutely kick ass live, not to mention their ticket prices are usually quite low. Also, they typically play theaters which makes for nice intimate shows.

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    SOLD OUT
    08/30 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre #

    On Sale Now
    08/31 Lincoln, NE Rococo Theatre
    On Sale Now

    On Sale Now
    09/02 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
    On Sale Now
    09/03 Aspen, CO Belly-Up

    SOLD OUT
    09/09 Brooklyn, NY McCarren Pool ^

    On Sale Now
    09/15 Washington, D.C. Warner Theatre

    On Sale Now
    09/16 Charlottesville, VA The Pavilion

    On Sale Now
    HIGH & MIGHTY TOUR w/ Donavon Frankenreiter
    10/05 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre

    On Sale Now
    10/06 Lake Havasu, AZ Lake Havasu Rock Fest
    (w/o Donavon)

    On Sale Now
    10/07 San Diego, CA Open Air Theatre

    On Sale Now
    10/08 Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre

    On Sale Now
    10/10 Anaheim, CA The Grove of Anaheim

    On Sale Now
    10/11 Santa Cruz, CA Civic Center

    On Sale Now
    10/12 Chico, CA Senator Theatre

    On Sale Now
    10/13 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theatre

    On Sale Now
    10/14 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre

    On Sale Now
    10/15 Santa Margarita, CA Pozo Saloon
    On Sale Now

    On Sale Now
    10/17 Vancouver, B.C. Commodore Ballroom

    On Sale Now
    10/18 Vancouver, B.C. Commodore Ballroom

    On Sale Now
    10/20 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre

    On Sale Now
    10/21 Spokane, WA The Big Easy

    On Sale Now
    10/22 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre

    On Sale Now
    10/31 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre

    On Sale Now
    11/02 Greensboro, NC Carolina Theatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/03 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/04 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
    8/31 @ noon EST

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    11/05 Tampa, FL Tampa Theatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/07 Gainesville, FL The Venue
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/08 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/10 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/11 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/12 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/14 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/15 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/16 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/17 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/18 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/19 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/25 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/29 Worcester, MA The Palladium
    8/31 @ noon EST

    11/30 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
    8/31 @ noon EST

    # The Allman Brothers w/ Gov't Mule
    * Gov't Mule w/ Yonder Mountain String Band and a Special Acoustic Set with Warren Haynes & Gregg Allman
    ^ Gov't Mule w/ Wolfmother and Two Gallants

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