Classic Rock Corner

Inquiring Minds: Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes On Billy Gibbons, Lightnin' Hopkins, Ray LaMontagne And More

In this week's print edition of the Press, Warren Haynes talks about juggling his membership in the Alpha and Omega of jam bands, the Allman Brothers Band and The Dead, with the musclebound blues-rock engine he started in 1994, Gov't Mule. The Mule pulls into House of Blues Saturday night on the brawny shoulders of last year's By a Thread, which opens with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons guesting on the river-bottom stomp of "Broke Down on the Brazos."

Gibbons, Haynes told us, is one of the most laid-back people he's ever met, but "Gregg Allman's a pretty close tie." That's where the print interview left off, but the 23rd greatest guitarist of all time (according to Rolling Stone) had a lot more to say besides.

Rocks Off: As a musician, is one of your projects more demanding than the others?

Warren Haynes: Well, Gov't Mule is the most demanding, with me being the only singer and being something that kind of depends on us. It was even more demanding when it was a trio. A trio is a very demanding format. Quartet, not quite as much, but everybody's gotta be on their toes at all times.

RO: So it's easier if there's more musicians in the band?

WH: Than three? Yeah.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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