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What happens when you put one of the country's best blues-rock guitarists in front of one of the country's best newgrass jam bands? Well, the world's about to find out as Warren Haynes releases his new album, Ashes & Dust, which he recorded with Railroad Earth.
Ashes & Dust is a collection of material that Haynes has been chipping away at for years — one cut, "Is It Me or You," is nearly 30 years old. When it came time for him to step outside the musical constraints of the Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, and even his own previous projects, Haynes recruited Railroad Earth.
"Company Man" tells the tale of Haynes' father who, after working for 23 years for the same supermarket, was let go because he didn't want to relocate his family out of the South. The only employment he could then find was in a factory, working with guys considerably younger than he was.
On a recent swing through Nashville, Haynes stopped by the Grand Ole Opry and Railroad Earth Tagged along.
Ashes & Dust is out today via Concord Records.