Warren Haynes performing “River’s Gonna Rise” off his album Man in Motion at Guitar Center’s 2011 King of the Blues Finals at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on September 1st 2011.
Haynes is the guitarist of Gov’t Mule, is one of the most stylish and presenting an unusual feeling blues-rock guitarists in today’s music world. Warren is 23rd on the list of the greatest guitarists of all time. It is impossible to calculate how many projects Warren gave himself as a guitarist or singer. This is certainly one of the busiest musicians in the world.
Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, and the Dead – his virtuosic artistry has led to thousands of unforgettable performances and millions of album and track sales. Despite all of the ground that Haynes has covered on his musical journey, the impressive thing is that he still has many miles to explore.
It all started in 1994. Warren Haynes (guitar, vocals) and Allen Woody (bass), who had been playing in the new incarnation of the legendary Allman Brothers Band for five years. Decided to start a new music project. Together with Matt Abbs (drums), they formed Gov’t Mule.
The band’s inspiration is, of course, the activity of the Allman Brothers Band. They combined it with the psychedelic, blues-rock sound of the Cream trio. The band’s phonographic debut is an album simply titled “Gov’t Mule” from 1995. Then the band released live recordings showing the full potential of the musicians’ improvisations under the title “Live at Roseland Ballroom”.
The studio came back in 1998 with the album “Dose”, which included such hits as “Blind Man in the Dark” and “Thorazine Shuffle”. As Gov’t Mule always felt best at concerts, the next release, Live … with a Little Help from Our Friends, documented another successful performance by the group. The next album is “Life Before Insanity” from the beginning of 2000.
On August 26 of the same year, the band was struck by a real tragedy. Bassist Allen Woody was found dead in a hotel room in New York. The other two decided to continue their activities. They prepare the next release together with many different bass players. Such as Flea and Bootsy Collins. This is how the double album “Deep End” was created. The concert version of the project was documented on the publishing house “Deepest End: Live in Concert” in 2003.
A year later, the band recorded their first album with Woody’s successor, Andy Hess. Keyboard player Danny Louis has also joined the group. With the new line-up, the band recorded another album, released in 2006, entitled “High & Mighty”.