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Call And Response: Warren Haynes

The Gov’t Mule main man looks back on his time with The Allman Brothers Band and remembers performing for President Obama.

I wanted to sing like Otis Redding and play guitar like Albert King,” says Warren Haynes, who has just made his third solo album, Ashes & Dust. “Their records took me into a world I never knew existed. It was a magical world and I never lost that feeling of wonder for it. It was always the case: I want to do this, I want to make something special, I want to conquer the world.”

It’s what’s driven the Asheville, North Carolina bluesman forward from a 14-year-old sneaking into the local bars to 25 years fronting The Allman Brothers Band, performing with The Dead and helming power jam trio Gov’t Mule and his own solo outfit. Not to mention the collaborations with Dylan, Elvin Bishop, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, BB King, Kenny Wayne Shepherd et al.

“Every time I find myself on stage in front of an audience, it’s always exhilarating, always a learning experience. It just makes me want to do it more and more.”

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