Warren Haynes, best known for his work with The Allman Brothers Band, as well as his own band, Gov’t Mule, has planned to release a rare solo album. Haynes has put in more than 25 years with The Allman Brothers Band, and around 20 years with Gov’t Mule. To gain a solo work from this guitarist is therefore quite a treat given his workload.
For his new album, Warren Haynes joins with Railroad Earth, a six-member Americana band from New Jersey, to create a folk-styled roots collection of tracks in the Americana vein. The new album is being called Ashes & Dust and will feature thirteen songs, some of which have been floating around the ‘written song’ files for quite some time. A listen to the SoundCloud offering of “Spots Of Time” will endear you to the rare form that we hear Warren Haynes engage in musically. And it’s a beauty of a song! (Please take the time to listen to it – see below for stream! It’s well worth your time!) The song was co-written with Phil Lesh of Grateful Dead fame.
Ashes & Dust has a great guest list of vocalists and musicians that includes Grace Potter (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals), Shawn Colvin, Mickey Raphael, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Bros Band), and Mark Quinones (Allman Bros Band). Both Oteil Burbridge (bassist), and Mark Quinones (percussion) are on “Spots Of Time”. Warren Haynes himself concentrates on the acoustic guitar, and uses the slide guitar to add bluesy color to some of the album’s songs.
On July 24, Concord Records will release Warren Haynes’ third solo album (Ashes & Dust) in three formats that include CD, Deluxe Edition CD, DD, and vinyl LP. The Deluxe Edition CD will add in bonuses of four demo tracks (“Company Man”, “New Year’s Eve”, “Glory Road”, “Wanderlust”), and a live track of “Hallelujah Boulevard” (studio track is on this album) from a December 28, 2006 show.
Ashes & Dust can be pre-ordered from the Warren Haynes website store (here). In addition to the various formats being made available, there are also a number of media bundles that include bobbleheads, signed posters (or both together), and a singular availability of an Ashes & Dust tee.
If you’re a fan, you will be likely be pleased with this news.