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.