Warren Haynes is currently on the road and anticipating the release of his new solo album, Ashes and Dust, which comes out July 24. It’s his first solo studio record since 2011’s Man in Motion and finds the guitarist exploring the musical world of Americana, a journey that sets his guitar among traditional folk instruments like fiddle, mandolin and banjo.
But while Haynes is enjoying his return to a solo career, he hasn’t completely signed off on his former group, the Allman Brothers Band. In a new interview with Rolling Stonein which he discusses his new album, Haynes says “the door is always open” for the band to make another stand, much as the Grateful Dead did this past June and July with their Fare Thee Well reunion shows.
The Allman Brothers broke up in 2014 after Haynes and fellow guitarist Derek Trucks announced they were leaving. The band performed its last show on October 28, 2014 at New York’s Beacon Theatre, the site of their annual spring residency.
Haynes says it hasn’t yet hit him that the group is over. “I think when March rolls around, we’ll all feel like we should be at the Beacon Theatre,” he tells Rolling Stone. “But I think we all made the right decision. It was a group decision that was made. I miss it. I’m sure we all miss it.”
Noting that he spent “25 amazing years” in the group, Haynes said it was “the opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of not only an institution and a great band, but one of my favorite bands of all time.” He said the group’s members spoke every few years about not wanting to become a nostalgia act. When the subject came up again four or five years ago, Haynes said, “I think all of us were in agreement that, for the Allman Brothers to just go out and play the recognizable songs and go through the motions, is not the way that band should go out.” While he feels the group never reached that point, he notes, “I think we could all see it on the horizon.”
Haynes says he is still in touch with his former band mates and that he is open to the possibility of reuniting with them for special shows, just as the Grateful Dead—with whom Haynes has also played—did with their Fare Thee Well tour in June and July of this year.
“You know, I would never rule anything out,” Haynes says. “There’s no talk of that, but you know, I think the door’s always open.”
Haynes U.S. tour runs through October, after which he plays shows in Europe. For complete information on his tour schedule, visit WarrenHaynes.net.