One of the greatest guitar players of modern times checks in.
People who know good guitar players know the name Warren Haynes… he’s become a household name for many of us by being the glue that kept the Allman Brothers going, the Dead ticking and, of course, Gov’t Mule kicking with a discography that counts 20+ releases and countless amazing concert events.
Warren is a go-to when it comes to being a guitar slinger that can hold his own on any stage.
His band, Gov’t Mule has just released a new blues album. “Heavy Load Blues” is a mix of covers hand-picked by Warren himself and Mule originals. The covers are from some of the blue’s greatest names: Bobby “Blue” Bland, Elmore James and Junior Wells… but there’s also a Tom Waits cover.
How it all came together and why? What’s the deal with the upcoming shows at The Beacon in NYC and in Philly at The Met? Why’d they use ancient amps and equipment to do this record? What about a straight-ahead Gov’t Mule record?
Let’s find out… (plus, scroll down for some cool sounds off the new album).
Here’s the first single from the record… it’s a cover of the Junior Wells song, “Snatch It Back”… but they added their own jam to it making it a true Gov’t Mule song.
Here’s Warren talking about why they chose the Tom Waits track “Make It Rain”