Warren Haynes–a rock guitar legend in his own right–has carved out a niche as a teacher of sorts, educating the masses about their musical heritage with star-studded tributes to iconic artists like Jerry Garcia and The Band. From his “Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration” last summer, to his “Last Waltz 40” tour with Don Was and a slew of talented guests, to his recently-announced Jazz Fest late night Little Feat set, dubbed “New Orleans Is Waiting For Columbus,” Haynes has turned honoring the greats into an art form. When he’s not leading diverse and talented groups of musicians in special performances or, of course, fronting Gov’t Mule, Warren is frequently known to drop by and lend his searing southern rock sound to artists across the musical spectrum. In honor of his 57th birthday today, we take a look back at a few of our favorite Warren sit-ins.
Honorable Mention: “Soulshine” – Hanson ft. Warren Haynes
When we posted a joke article about Warren Haynes leading a tribute to boy band Hanson for April Fool’s Day, we had no idea that he had actually played with the Hanson brothers before–ridiculous, we know. But still worth a watch just for kicks. Check out Hanson playing “Soulshine” with Warren Haynes in Jamaica in January, 2013, courtesy of YouTube user steff56822:
Happy Birthday Warren! We can’t wait to see who you hop in with next!