Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter and guitarist and revered Allman Brothers member Warren Haynes will release a new solo studio album featuring Railroad Earth entitled Ashes and Dust on July 24, 2015 via the Provogue / Mascot Label Group.
The album, only the third that Haynes has ever released under his own name, is one of his most gorgeous, musically rich and personal albums to date, shining an entirely new light on Haynes’ enduring creative spirit…
Bringing their talents to the Ashes and Dust album are the incandescent Grace Potter, who joins Haynes for the only duet on the album on “Gold Dust Woman,” and Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin and famed harmonica player Mickey Raphael who each make an appearance on “Wanderlust.”
Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones play on “Spots of Time,” a song written by Haynes and Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead. Allman Brothers Band had been playing it on stage in recent years but never had a chance to record it before retiring, so Haynes found it fitting to finally document it in the studio.
This has loose rhythm, interlaced with strings that seem to be oozing through latticed shutters …
Gaps appear in the song structure, and these cleverly let sun & air in. This concentrates the mind on ‘spots of passing time‘.
The voice is clear and rich in amber oil.
It overlaps the splendid Latin rhythms and those melancholy violins ( from Railroad Earth).
We should try not to regret those fleeting moments in the day … (those “Spots of time” that, “Like windows appear…”) Because that’s what living is all about.
This is a heady jam with a rich heart and a marrowbone centre and it’s completed with a super-sweet guitar…
Words: @neilmach 2015 ©
Image: Danny Clinch