Warren Haynes – Man in Motion

January 01, 1970





At the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam last
December, the Gov’t Mule frontman – and guitarist for both the Allman Brothers
and The Dead – unveiled his new Warren Haynes Band and previewed four tracks
from his first solo studio album since 1993’s Tales of Ordinary Madness. (In 2008 the musician also released the
live acoustic record Live at Bonnaroo.)
Haynes has long demonstrated a deeply soulful side to him, particularly in the evolution
of his vocal style, with touches of Memphian funk and gospel, Muscle Shoals
R&B and N’awlins gumbo frequently evidenced. But this was different, as is
the entirety of Man in Motion.


Those music meccas figure prominently – spiritually
– on the album, recorded in Texas
at Willie Nelson’s studio; the choice of Stax Records as the releasing label is
telling, too. Standout tracks including the kinetic “Sick of My Shadow” (blistering
sax work courtesy longtime Haynes associate Ron Holloway), the psychedelic funk
of “River’s Gonna Rise” (Ivan Neville on keys, Ruthie Foster in a sassy vocal
duet with Haynes) and the bluesy, horns-laden soul of “Take a Bullet,” which is
the best slice of Atlantic Records-era Muscle Shoals laid down in decades,
right down to Haynes’ Duane Allman-inspired solo. Abetted by Neville, Foster
and Holloway, plus bassist George Porter, Jr., drummer Raymond Weber and
pianist Ian McLagan, Haynes drapes his material in such unforced authenticity,
not to mention a vintage analog warmth and crackle for the sonics, to suggest
he has no truck with rote genre exercises. Point of fact, this album is
hotwired from start to finish, and a revelation; it’ll completely revise your
opinion of the guitarist.


DOWNLOAD: “Take a Bullet,” “River’s Gonna Rise,” “Man in Motion” FRED MILLS

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