As rock’s foremost MVP singer-guitarist, Warren Haynes has been constantly on the move and in the spotlight for the past two decades. During that time the Asheville, North Carolina, native has maintained his tenure in Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers Band, and The Dead, and while barely catching his breath between their tours and studio sessions, he has also performed or cut tunes with a diverse array of musicians and artists.
Accolades bestowed upon Haynes range from Grammy wins and nominations to his ranking at number 23 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” He has played New York City’s historic Beacon Theater nearly 300 times, more than any other artist. Gov’t Mule has sold over two million song downloads from their own MuleTracks web site. A wide range of stars including Garth Brooks, Gregg Allman, Phil Lesh, Little Milton, John Mayall, George Jones, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Buckwheat Zydeco have recorded his songs in addition to the 25 songs he has written for the Allman Brothers Band.
If there’s such a thing as karma, perhaps that has been a factor in Haynes’s success, since he is also a major supporter of Habitat for Humanity, a charity that builds housing for the disadvantaged. Each year he organizes his annual “Christmas Jam” benefit for Habitat in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. Proceeds from the 25th Anniversary concert in 2013 along generated $500,000 for the local Habitat Chapter.