LP due July 24.
By Blurt Staff
Gov’t Mule mainman Warren Haynes new solo album, Ashes and Dust, drops July 24 via Provogue/Mascot. This week he unveiled the first single, “Beat Down the Dust”:
The album, his third solo effort, features Railroad Earth as his backing band as well as guests Grace Potter, Shawn Colvin, Mickey Raphael, Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quinones. Haynes noted, of Railroad Earth, “We’ve known each other casually for several years, and then at Del-Fest a few years ago, we winged a few songs together and it went really well. A little later, when I was opening the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, they joined me for part of the set. We did that with a little more rehearsal, more preparation, and it was a great experience. At that point, I started thinking that maybe I should make my next record with these guys.”
He added, “I’ve been writing songs all my life from a more folky, singer-songwriter, even Celtic direction. For a while, I’ve been compiling songs that didn’t necessarily fit in with Gov’t Mule or the Allman Brothers or even my last solo album. So this record was really a chance to bring a lot of that music to fruition. It’s really given me the opportunity to take a lot of songs I love, that didn’t have a home, and build a home for them.”