Warren Haynes Looking Forward to Playing New Gov't Mule Tunes, Performing with Phil Lesh at 2013 Mountain Jam
The ninth annual edition of Mountain Jam kicks off today in Hunter, New York. The four-day festival is co-produced by Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, and will feature headlining performances by the Mule on Saturday and by Phil Lesh & Friends on Sunday.
Haynes tells ABC News Radio that one of the things he's most looking forward to is getting the chance to introduce some brand-new Gov't Mule songs to their fans. The prolific, multitalented musician reveals that the band is preparing a new studio album that will be titled Shout! The record will be a two-CD set, with the extra disc featuring alternate versions of the band's new tunes sung by various artists handpicked by Gov't Mule.
Haynes explains that the Mule had already started playing three new songs at their concerts before the group took a recent break. "I'm sure we'll, one by one, start adding all the rest of the material," he adds. "You know, I never want to give it all away before the record comes out, but we'll start gradually getting closer and closer to playing all 11 songs."
Something else Haynes is hotly anticipating about this year's Mountain Jam is getting to hit the stage this Sunday with founding Grateful Dead bassist Lesh and his musical collective, whose current lineup includes jazz-rock guitar virtuoso John Scofield.
"Doing the Phil Lesh & Friends show with Scofield and I being the two guitar players is a blast," explains Haynes, who has been a full-fledged member of Lash's group himself over the years. "I really, really love doing that."
Haynes points out that one of the aspects he appreciates most about playing live with Lesh is his ability to consistently take old tunes and make them sound fresh.
"The music just keeps reinventing itself," motes Warren. "Sometimes…if you have the right lineup of people, you find new ways of turning [a frequently performed tune] into something new. And, that's something Phil really strives for on a moment-by-moment basis, and I think it's amazing that he puts so much time and energy and creativity into taking the old material and taking it somewhere it's never been."
Other artists on the 2013 Mountain Jam bill include Primus, Widespread Panic, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Gary Clark Jr. and the late Levon Helm's daughter, Amy. If you can't make it out to the big show, performances from the festival will be streamed live at EVNTLIVE.com.
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