Warren Haynes has revealed he made a point of working late into the night on solo album Ashes & Dust to ensure it had an authentic feel.
The Gov’t Mule mainman’s record – a collaboration with Railroad Earth – was released last year, following his split with the Allman Brothers Band.
Haynes tells MusicRadar: “There were certain songs on Ashes & Dust that I wanted to record around midnight. I didn’t want us to be too cerebral in our approach. I wanted it to be a stream of consciousness, to get that late-night feeling when you have less of a filter about the way you play.”
He continues: “We’d do three takes – I like to do things in threes. Then we wouldn’t even listen back. We’d come back the next day and see what had happened.”
Some of Haynes’ greatest influences have inspired him with their ability to achieve feel over thought. “I loved Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Billy Gibbons and Steve Howe – who’s one of the most unique players I’ve ever heard,” he says.
“You have to find out what moves you. It doesn’t have to be impressive to be great. Some of the most amazing guitar playing is not meant to impress. It’s just beautiful.”
Haynes has a range of live commitments in the coming months, including an appearance at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair in July, along with a UK tour.
Warren Haynes tour dates
May 27: Port Chester Capitol Theatre, NY
May 28: Port Chester Capitol Theatre, NY
May 29: Port Chester Capitol Theatre, NY
Jun 23: Nashville Schermerhorn Symphony Center, TN
Jun 24: Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheatre, GA
Jun 26: Charlestown Clay Center, WV
Jul 01: Lenox Tanglewood, MA
Jul 09: Suwalki Blues Festival, Poland
Jul 11: Wien Porgy & Bess, Austria
Jul 12: Nurnberg Serenadenhof Open Air, Germany
Jul 13: Pratteln Z7, Switzerland
Jul 15: Munich Tollwood Festival, Germany
Jul 16: Cologne Kantine, Germany
Jul 17: Utrecht Tivoli, Netherlands
Jul 19: Southampton 1865, UK
Jul 20: Milton Keynes Stables, UK
Jul 23: Holmfirth Picturedrome, UK
Jul 24: Ramblin’ Man Fair, UK
Jul 27: Floyd Floydfest, VA
Aug 01: Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre, CO
Aug 04: Canandiagua Marvin Sands Center, NY
Aug 06: Bethel Woods Center, NY
Aug 07: Holmdel PNC Arts Center, NJ
Aug 08: New York City SummerStage, NY
Jan 14: Runaway Bay Island Exodus 8, Jamaica