Warren Haynes is a generation-spanning guitar hero. He wasn't out of grade school when some of his best-known collaborators were at the peak of their fame, but he's earned a powerful reputation for his fiery guitar work steeped in blues and Southern rock traditions, and he's distinguished himself as a songwriter, bandleader, and solo artist as well as a gifted sideman. Haynes was born in Asheville, North Carolina on April 9, 1960 and developed a taste for soul and R&B at an early age after listening to his older brothers' Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Smokey Robinson LPs. Haynes would spend hours singing along with their records. When he was 12, he got his first guitar, and by 14 he was playing parties and sitting in with the house band at a local pizza parlor. He became a serious Eric Clapton fan, and studying his work led him deeper into the classic blues sounds that had influenced the British guitar hero.
After short stays in a number of local bands during his teens, Haynes landed a gig with a group called Ricochet and began playing North Carolina clubs on a regular basis. One evening, Mickey Hayes, who played bass for outlaw country star David Allan Coe, caught Ricochet and was impressed with the band's lead guitarist, and when Coe's guitarist dropped out of the group shortly afterward, Hayes recommended Haynes for the gig. Haynes played with Coe from 1980 to 1984, touring frequently and appearing on three of Coe's albums, before Haynes moved on to a band of his own, Rich Hippies, with Hayes on bass.
Haynes returned to Gov't Mule after Ashes & Dust. The band released a bunch of live albums in the mid-2010s, followed by the 2016 appearance of The Tel-Star Sessions, an archival release of the group's first demo from 1994. Revolution Come … Revolution Go, their first studio set since, arrived in 2017. ~ Mark Deming