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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Warren Haynes has been almost ubiquitous since he joined the Allman Brothers Band, and formed Gov't Mule with Allen Woody and Matt Abts. He's played and collaborated with everyone from the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan to Little Milton and Taj Mahal. Fans might be surprised to learn that Southern soul was an early love. But they shouldn't be. Man in Motion is Haynes' first conscious effort and to fully indulge his love for this music, and his first solo record with backing musicians since 1993. Co-produced with Gordie Johnson, Man in Motion boasts a stellar cast: George Porter, Jr. on bass, Ivan Neville on organ, clavinet, and backing vocals, Ian McLagan on Wurlitzer and ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Warren Haynes has been almost ubiquitous since he joined the Allman Brothers Band, and formed Gov't Mule with Allen Woody and Matt Abts. He's played and collaborated with everyone from the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan to Little Milton and Taj Mahal. Fans might be surprised to learn that Southern soul was an early love. But they shouldn't be. Man in Motion is Haynes' first conscious effort and to fully indulge his love for this music, and his first solo record with backing musicians since 1993. Co-produced with Gordie Johnson, Man in Motion boasts a stellar cast: George Porter, Jr. on bass, Ivan Neville on organ, clavinet, and backing vocals, Ian McLagan on Wurlitzer and piano, drummer Raymond Weber, tenor saxophonist Ron Holloway, and backing vocalist Ruthie Foster. Two surprises do occur on the title track that opens this set: how much Haynes has grown as a songwriter and as a singer. (He may argue, but it sounds like he's been influenced by Gregg Allman's phrasing and delivery; here he moves toward the groove in his lyrics, he doesn't try to shout them above it.) The track is tight; rhythmically pulsed lines in the verses give way to fills and swells by the band that resolve in the choruses. They funk it greasy à la the MG's, backed by a horn section (courtesy of the Grooveline Horns). Haynes lets his guitar talk, too, adding an edgy, raw heat in his solo to close it. The blues are evident in everything Haynes plays here, and he plays plenty. On "River's Gonna Rise," a gospel vamp leads into an easy, dark-tinged funkiness. Haynes' singing is as emotive as it is tough; he lets his guitar engage freely with both keyboardists, trading fills. Foster and Neville are excellent backing foils. This is only the beginning of the many delights here. Check the nasty, tightrope-walking Meters-like funk on "Sick of My Shadow"; the blues-drenched strut in "On a Real Lonely Night" (with its killer keyboard interplay); the soaring emotion of Holloway's sax dueling for dominance with Haynes' vocal on "In Your Wildest Dreams" and "A Friend to You"; and Haynes' greasy urgency in the Wilson Pickett-flavored "Take a Bullet." Man in Motion's lone cover, a reading of William Bell's and Booker T. Jones' ballad, "Everyday Will Be a Holiday," showcases Haynes' voice and guitar as the foundations of a deeply emotional palette the band paints upon. Man in Motion is a record that adds a new subtitle to Haynes' musical portrait: that of a soul man.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 888072329126
  • Catalog Number: 32912
  • Sales rank: 11,635

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Haynes Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ivan Neville Organ, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Wurlitzer
Ian McLagan Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer
David Grissom Rhythm Guitar
Ron Holloway Tenor Saxophone
George Porter Jr. Bass
Raymond Weber Drums
Gordie Johnson Rhythm Guitar
Ruthie Foster Background Vocals
Technical Credits
William Bell Composer
Warren Haynes Composer, Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Gordie Johnson Producer
Stefani Scamardo Executive Producer
Dino Perrucci Cover Photo
Jacob Sciba Engineer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Allison Murphy Cover Photo
Jeff Anders Composer
Booker T. Jones Jr. Composer
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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Haynes Should Be A Household Name Now

    You wouldn't think so in this "American Idol" age, but there's some Southern-style rock out there that's pretty good and gaining some prominence. I'm not talking about the countless reunions by the survivors of Lynyrd Skynyrd. I'm talking about groups like The Bor-Kays, a Memphis band who play sizzling late 60's soul in the vein of Booker T. & The MG's. I'm also talking about The Tedeschi-Trucks Band, whose recent album "Revelator" has all the smarts of a veteran rocker with all the vigor of a youngster. And then, there's Warren Haynes, who's been around for a while, first kicking it with X-rated country singer David Allen Coe. Then falling in with Dickey Betts and The Allman Brothers Band. And finally, forming his own band, Gov't Mule, a group that plays Southern-style rock with soulfulness and a loose freestyle that recalls The Grateful Dead. Now, Haynes has released a solo album, "Man In Motion", an album steeped in 1970's soul music; I don't consider it a coincidence that he's recording for Stax Records, one of the finest soul music record companies that ever existed. Haynes' refreshingly scruffy voice fits in well with Stax as does his remarkably piercing guitar licks. Although there isn't a song on this record that runs less than five minutes, there isn't a dull moment on "Man In Motion". There's a Hurricane Katrina-style scorcher ("River's Gonna Rise"). There's a gutbucket blues ballad here and there ("Your Wildest Dreams", probably the best song on the album). Yet, Haynes also knows a good song when he hears it, as apparent on his brilliant cover of William Bell's "Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday". The North Carolina-bred Haynes is something of a local hero to us in Upstate New York. He's the one responsible for organizing The Mountain Jam Festival, which brings scores of guitar-based bands of almost every ilk (both famous and not) to play in the wilds of Upstate for several days. Haynes should be a household name by now. Maybe this record will rectify that.

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