Warren Haynes will pull triple duty at this weekend's Peach Music Festival.
The 52-year-old guitarist and vocalist from Asheville, N.C., will start his weekend with his own Warren Haynes Band at 7 tonight, then get back on stage with the Allman Brothers Band from midnight to 2 a.m.
Tomorrow he will play another 90-minute set with the ABB and then do a mostly solo acoustic "Wake Up with Warren" segment on Sunday.
And he wouldn't have it any other way.
"I'm really excited about it," he said in a telephone interview with The Times Leader earlier this week. "It will be great fun to express myself in three different settings."
Of course, because the festival is presented by the Allman Brothers Band, with whom Haynes has played since 1989, and will showcase many of the band's musical friends, the guitarist may get on stage a time or two more than scheduled.
"These kind of things tend to turn into that usually," he said of the possibility of jamming with other musicians this weekend. "There will be a lot of friends around, and these things happen very spontaneously; usually the more spontaneous it is, the better it is."
Haynes began his career at age 20, when he joined David Allan Coe's touring and recording band in 1980. He spent four years with Coe, then spent a few years playing with local musicians and doing session work. Around 1987, he got a call to work with Dickey Betts (an original member of the Allman Brothers Band, on hiatus then) and soon joined the Dickey Betts Band, which led to work with Gregg Allman and eventually to the Allman Brothers Band when it reunited in 1989.
Haynes scored a major songwriting hit when country superstar Garth Brooks recorded a song he co-wrote called "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House." It was released on the "No Fences" album in 1990 and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs & Tracks chart.
Haynes put together his "other" band Gov't Mule with fellow ABB member Allen Woody on bass and Dickey Betts Band alum Matt Abts on drums in 1994. Haynes and Woody split time with the two bands between 1994 and 1997, when they both left the ABB to concentrate solely on Gov't Mule. Woody died in August 2000, and Haynes rejoined the Allmans later that year but continues with Gov't Mule to this day. While Gov't Mule was on a break last year, he formed the Warren Haynes Band.
"This band was put together mostly to tour behind ‘Man in Motion,' a solo CD that came out last year," he said. "There is not a lot of overlap between Gov't Mule and this band. We try to keep it completely different. There are only about four or five songs that both bands play, but we play them completely differently with this one.
"This year, there are only a handful of Warren Haynes Band shows, and the Peach is one of them," he said, noting that the Peach shows are the final shows of the year for the Allman Brothers Band as well. Haynes said he will spend the remainder of the year recording and touring with Gov't Mule.
While he acknowledged he was planning to bring out a few friends for portions of his "Wake Up with Warren" set on Sunday, he said he is really looking forward to that mostly solo acoustic segment.
"The really fun thing about that is that I can virtually play whatever pops into my head. That will give me a chance to do stuff that I don't do very often."
Who: Warren Haynes in triplicate
When: With the Warren Haynes Band at 7 tonight; with the Allman Brothers Band from midnight to 2 a.m. tomorrow; with the ABB from 9:30 p.m. until midnight tomorrow; and a mostly solo acoustic "Wake Up with Warren" segment from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday