WARREN HAYNES (GOV’T MULE)
Allman Brothers Band — At Fillmore East (1971)
I heard the Allman Brothers for the first time in 1969 when I was 9. I had two older brothers who exposed me to new music. By the time Fillmore East came out in ’71, I’d started to pick up guitar. I grew up in North Carolina, and every guitar player in the South latched on and connected to that music. My friends and I listened to it on a loop, on an 8-track. There were these long jams that were unlike anything I’d heard before. It’s much more valuable to study the construction of a 2-minute solo than to study a 10-second solo. That music was part of my DNA. If I hear another live version of one of those songs even from a similar time period, I instantly can tell it’s not the one I grew up with. When you hear something a hundred times, it just has a way of seeping into your soul. Fast-forward: Who knew I’d have the opportunity to join Dickey Betts’ band and then the Allman Brothers Band at age 28? At the first rehearsal, suddenly these songs I grew up playing had this majestic quality that only the Allman Brothers are capable of presenting. It was an amazing, overwhelming feeling.