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Interview:
Warren Haynes is a soul man on latest studio album
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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He’s a bona fide guitar hero with the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule. But on his fourth solo album, “Man in Motion,” Warren Haynes went back to his roots as a soul man.



“My first love was soul music,” says Haynes, 51, who recorded “Man in Motion” with an all-star band that includes Meters bassist George Porter Jr., keyboardist Ivan Neville, keyboardist Ian McLagan and singer Ruthie Foster, among others. “The first sound I can remember having an effect on me was black gospel music coming over the radio in North Carolina. James Brown was my first musical hero, then the Four Tops and Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave. Somewhere along the way I heard Ray Charles and B.B. King.



“So (soul) has always been there for me, and I’ve waited a long time to really put that across on an album. I just thought it was time to make that sort of record.”



Haynes fans needn’t worry about his other musical concerns, however; they’re still going. Gov’t Mule is on a bit of a hiatus, but the Allmans held their annual March residency at New York’s Beacon Theater, though no summer tour plans have been announced.



“Everybody’s excited to get back in,” Haynes says. “I think everybody would like for there to be (more), but Gregg (Allman) has a record out. I’ve got mine. So does Derek (Trucks). Getting all the schedules together is not easy, but if we can get it together it’ll be great.”



The Warren Haynes Band performs Tuesday, June 14, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.



Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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