Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes says the band tried “a lot of experimentation” on its latest album, 2009’s “By a Thread.” And nearly 10 months after its release, he feels like those experiments were mostly successful.
“The reaction to the new songs, I think, has been more immediate in general than maybe any album we’ve done,” notes Haynes, 50, who co-founded the group in 1994 with drummer Matt Abts and the late bassist Allen Woody. “The audience accepted the new stuff in a live format almost right off the bat.
“A lot of the stuff was really spontaneous and organic. There are a lot of first takes on that record. We just tried stuff, and ... now it’s fun to watch the songs change a little bit and to see where they’ll be six months from now.”
It will also be interesting to see where Haynes himself is at any point in the near future. One of the bona fide hardest working men in show business, he recently supervised the release of “Mulennium,” an archival recording of Gov’t Mule’s millennium New Year’s Eve show in Atlanta, and he’s recorded a solo album of soul music originals he plans to release in 2011. Gov’t Mule is “not in a hurry to get back in the studio,” but some new material is starting to creep out.
And then there’s Haynes’ other affiliation, the Allman Brothers Band, which may have new life after Gregg Allman’s recent liver transplant. The group has announced a trio of November shows in Boston, though Haynes says what might happen beyond that is “really hard to say.”
“I know (Allman) personally feels like he’s got a new lease on life,” Haynes explains. “He’s healing up and feeling better ... Depending on the day you talk to him, he’s already talking about getting back on the road. I think he has a lot of things that he wants to pursue himself, with his own band and projects and stuff.
“And even before this situation, the band was looking forward to winding down the schedule a little bit, so we’ll see.”
Gov’t Mule and Jackie Green perform Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show and $55 for reserved balcony seats. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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