August 17 2011
Warren Haynes is one of Rolling Stone's 25 greatest guitarists of all time. Since the 1980s, he's played with the Allman Brothers, the reunited Dead, and his own band, Gov't Mule. Before he took up the guitar, though, Haynes says he wanted to be a singer.
"The first sound that ever made the hair on my arms stand up was black gospel music coming over the radio in North Carolina where I grew up. I got this feeling I couldn't explain," Haynes tells host David Dye in today's interview.
Blues and gospel music are still a major influence on Haynes' singing and guitar playing, a love that he showcases on his new solo album, Man in Motion. He cites his inspirations for the record as B.B. King, Freddie King and Albert King: "The three kings, my blues heroes."
On today's World Cafe, hear the full conversation with Haynes and a rollicking set from his new solo album onstage at World Cafe Live. (link)
Gregg Allman "Floating Bridge" Low Country Blues
City & Colour "We Found Each Other in the Dark" Little Hell
Death Cab for Cutie "You're a Tourist" Codes and Keys
Warren Haynes "Man in Motion" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Warren Haynes "Sick of My Shadow" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Indigo Girls "Making Promises" Beauty Queen Sister
Tim Hardin "Don't Make Promises" 20th Century Masters - The Millennium
Fitz & the Tantrums "Breakin' the Chains of Love" Pickin' Up the Pieces
Aretha Franklin "Chain of Fools" Aretha's Gold
Patti Smith "People Have the Power" Respect: A Century Of Women In Music
Anna Calvi "Desire" Anna Calvi
Jeff Buckley "Last Goodbye" Grace
Cults "Go Outside" Cults
The Beach Boys "God Only Knows" Pet Sounds
Los Lobos "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" Kiko
Little Feat "All That You Dream" The Last Record Album
Diego Garcia "You Were Never There" Laura
Vampire Weekend "Giving Up the Gun" Contra
Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart" Best of Joy Division
Little Dragon "Shuffle a Dream" Ritual Union
Prince "When Doves Cry" The Hits
Eleanor Friedberger "My Mistakes" Last Summer
Sniff N the Tears "Driver's Seat" Fickle Heart'