The lasT Time singer-guitarist Warren Haynes visited Augusta with his band Gov’t Mule, it was for the 2015 Masters Week celebration The Major Rager.
It’s Friends With Benefits that’s bringing Haynes and Gov’t Mule back to Augusta, this time for the Riverwalk Revival at the Jessye Norman Amphitheatre on August 1.
The last time he visited, Haynes told the Metro Spirit that he was excited to come because of the way he felt about the Godfather of Soul.
“James Brown created a fresh sound that changed the world as much as The Beatles did,” he told Metro Spirit Publisher Joe White in 2015. “To this day, when I’m trying to de ne the epitome of what groove is, it’s James Brown. To me, there is no question about it. His music, when I listen to it today, it is even better than it was 50 years ago.”
And that’s saying something, because Haynes is no music business slouch. He was a member of the Allman Brothers Band for 25 years and has performed with the likes of the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton and B.B. King, just to name a few.
James Brown was the reason Haynes and company were excited to visit Augusta in 2015. They’re anxious to get back to Augusta now, but for completely different reasons.
Augusta is one of the first stops on Gov’t Mule’s latest tour, which begins July 28, to promote their new album “Revolution Come… Revolution Go,” released in June of this year.
“We’re just really excited to be playing the new material,” he explained. “This is our first Gov’t Mule record in almost four years. We’re really looking forward to this next year or so on the road where we’re going to spread the word.”
The album, he said, is a new chapter for the band, as well as a look back at where they’ve been.
“Well, I think the big motivation behind making the new record was embarking on a new chapter for us, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary as a band,” Haynes explained. “Our last record, ‘Shout!,’ was the record leading up to the 20th anniversary and we kind of felt like it was a culmination of everything that led up to that point. For this record, we’re looking at it like a new beginning. We started talking, I guess a year and a half or two years ago, about what kind of record we were going to want to make and the consensus seemed to be, ‘Let’s go back to the very beginning and revisit our earliest roots, but let’s also go into some new directions that we’ve never explored before.’ Looking back on it now, that’s what we were able to achieve and I’m very happy with the way it came out.”
Riverwalk Revival w/Gov’t Mule, Galactic
Jessye Norman Amphitheatre Tuesday, August 1
$34.50, general admission; $69.50, pit fwbpro.com