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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Warren Haynes' Countless Friends

Warren Haynes is a true renaissance man! He plays in, let's see....Gov't Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, The Dead. He tours with all those bands and solo, hosts an annual Christmas jam for charity in his hometown, Ashville, NC, rocks out an annual New Year's show in NYC, and is a highly sought after guest artist and collaborator.

And despite his bluesy growl and his shredding ferocity that's been recognized by guitar aficionados and Rolling Stone (#23 on the all time list), Warren is one of THE nicest guys in rock and roll. His polite southern drawl is always a pleasure to hear.

I'll chat with him Thursday morning as he gets ready for the Gov't Mule show at the National Harbor Pavilion near DC that evening. A new Mule album and a solo r&b-inspired record, both recorded at Willy Nelson's studios...are in the works.

But, to illustrate just how respected this man is, I though we'd go back a few years for this little mutual admiration society conversation and jam with Trey Anastasio. Just to hear them talk about conversing through their guitar solos and fusing their music to the point that nobody is quite sure who's playing what lick...just brilliant!

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