In another era, James Brown was the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. Today, that title crown might just fall upon the hirsute head of Warren Haynes, simply based on the sheer amount of musical projects currently on his plate.
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|Gov't Mule: Matt Abts, Danny Louis, Warren Haynes, and Jorgen Carlsson|
The 53-year-old is a singer/guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, and his own Warren Haynes Band. He also performs solo, makes frequent guest appearances onstage and in-studio with an address book full of musical friends, and organizes a charity Christmas ball each year. And he just recently headlined a tour called The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration.
But for now all his energies are focused on Gov't Mule, the band he co-founded in 1994 and with which has put out nine studio albums, a bevy of EPs and live releases, and played hundreds of shows.
Their new release is the two CD Shout! (Blue Note), an innovative effort which features the same 11 tracks on each disc -- the first one done wholly by the Mule, and the second with guest vocalists like Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Dave Matthews, and Jim James.More »