"There are a lot of things going on," Haynes said, "but what's highest on the agenda is promoting the new record, 'Shout.' It's our first studio record in about four years, and we're excited to be out promoting it."
Part of what makes "Shout" special is the approach. It's a two-disc set. The first CD contains 12 rock and blues songs, all done by Haynes and the band. The second disc contains 11 of those 12 songs done with guest vocalists filling in for Haynes.
"I just made a list of each song and who, other than myself, I would like to hear sing it -- and then I started making phone calls."
Haynes called a lot of old friends, including Elvis Costello, My Mourning Jacket's Jim James, Dave Matthews and Grace Potter.
Some of them, Haynes said, he's known for decades.
"Ben Harper and I met on the Horde tour in 1995," he said. "Dave Matthews and I have known each other since 1991. We've been friends since they were still making their way through the music scene in Virginia and had not yet conquered the world."
Haynes loves making music with his friends.
"The only person I didn't know prior to the recording was Ty Taylor, from Vintage Trouble," he said. "We had not yet met, but I was digging their music."
They ended up touring together for a few dates last fall.
Haynes said he's pleased with the response to "Shout" and expects it will keep him busy for some time. Beyond that, he vaguely alluded to conversations being held, plans being made and ideas being exchanged for other records, with Gov't Mule and on his own.
He acknowledged that, even with The Allman Brothers calling it quits, he could still see himself back on stage with the band some day. When Gregg Allman announced the band would finish its run at the end of 2014, he mentioned it might come back around for a show or two somewhere down the road.
Haynes didn't rule out coming back for those.
"We're thankful the band has lasted as long as it did," he said, "and if we do something in the future, I'd be excited to be part of that, as well."
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