Warren Haynes has no real reason to sing the blues.
In fact, as a major player on the American jam band scene for decades, he’s had the kind of career countless performers can only dream of. He was part of the reconstituted Allman Brothers Band for more than 20 years. He’s played with The Dave Matthews Band and members of The Grateful Dead. He’s collaborated with scores of artists. And of course, he’s fronted his own outfit Gov’t Mule for nearly three decades, releasing a dozen studio albums and umpteen live recordings. One thing he and Mule hadn’t done until this year? Make a straight blues album. Thankfully, they recently remedied that oversight with the outstanding Heavy Load Blues, which mixes classic covers with new originals — all recorded live in the studio on vintage equipment. Earlier this week, Haynes got in touch to talk about Heavy Load Blues, the forthcoming Mule album they cut at the same time, and whether blues is really in the eye of the beholder. After you watch that, check out Heavy Load Blues and their latest videos below, and keep up with the Mule at their website, Facebook and Twitter.