Warren Haynes touches his time with the Allman Brothers, his solo career, and his love for the blues in an inspiring three-song performance for Rolling Stone’s In my room series, presented by Gibson.
Setting up a store at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut, Haynes, wearing a mask around his neck, kicks off the mini-set with “Soulshine,” recorded by Allmans, with lead vocal by Gregg Allman, for his 1994 album, Where it all begins. Haynes is accompanied on both acoustic and electric, merging the two filmed recordings separately into one.
The North Carolina native and founder of Gov’t Mule also asserts his appreciation for blues and gospel by performing a rendition of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground,” with the help of Brendan. Muldowney at the piano.
The set concludes with a hopeful “River’s Gonna Rise” from Haynes’ solo LP in 2011, Man on the move. Backed up by Johnny Montagnese on drums, the vocalist offers hope for better times to come. “The sun will shine / shine on a new day,” he sings.
Haynes In my room It comes in conjunction with an auction presented by Gibson Gives to benefit the Fair Justice Initiative. Fans can bid on an autographed Les Paul through charitybuzz.com from June 25 to July 9.
“I am honored to partner with Rolling Stone and Gibson for this presentation and auction, and I wanted to do something a little bit different, since we all have a little more time on our hands, so instead of just doing ‘solo acoustic’ songs, I thought I’d go with myself and incorporate a couple of friends. I chose these songs based on what we are all going through together, ”says Haynes. “I chose the Equality Justice Initiative because all citizens deserve equal justice, and the fact that there even needs to be an organization dedicated to fighting for this illustrates how important the work they do is.”