Warren Haynes was the latest artist to appear on Rolling Stones’ IGTV series ‘In My Room’ with a scorching, three-song set from the Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT. The legendary guitarist put his own twist on the pre-recorded performance, accompanying himself, and bringing in remote guests.
Ahead of his performance, Haynes announced that he was teaming up with Gibson Gives, and appearing in support of the Equal Justice Initiative – a nonprofit organisation that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. Beginning today through 9 July, fans can support the Equal Justice Initiative by bidding on a Gibson Les Paul Standard 50’s guitar, signed by Haynes, via CharityBuzz.com.
Haynes explained that he was supporting the Equal Justice Initiative “Because of their commitment to fighting for the equality of all…and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
An acclaimed solo artist, a longtime member of the Allman Brothers Band, and the founder and frontman of Gov’t Mule, the Grammy Award-winning Haynes performed a three-song set that reflected his storied career. In an official statement, Haynes shared that he “wanted to do something a little different” for the Rolling Stone series. “Instead of just doing ‘solo acoustic’ songs I thought I would accompany myself as well as incorporate a couple of friends. I chose these songs based on what we’re all going through together.”
Haynes opened with ‘Soulshine’, an Allman Brothers fan-favourite that he wrote, off their 1994 album, Where It All Begins. The artist followed with Blind Willie Johnson’s ‘Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground’, with pianist Brendan Muldowney backing him remotely. Haynes finished with the optimistic ‘River’s Gonna Rise’, a track off his acclaimed 2011 solo LP, Man In Motion. Percussionist Johnny Montagnese added texture with hand drums.
Just ahead of the pandemic, meanwhile, Haynes appeared at the star-studded Allman Brothers Band 50th anniversary show at Madison Square Garden. A triumphant evening for both the audience and the performers, the show marked the first time in more than five years that the legendary players were together on stage, following the passing of founding members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks.
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