Certified guitar monster Warren Haynes is all over the place, playing with the Allman Brothers and the Dead, popping up on numerous guest shots, as well as leading his own Gov't Mule. So it's little wonder Haynes's current solo album is titled Man in Motion, nor that it's on the revived Stax label, given the Memphis soul influences that course through it. There are Steve Cropper-like guitar phrases, bristling horns, Booker T-like keyboard work, and plenty of gospel/soul vocals both from Haynes himself (a fine singer whose bluesy inclinations suggest Gregg Allman) and the potent backup tandem of Ivan Neville and Ruthie Foster. Haynes also covers the William Bell-Booker T tune "Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday." All the rest are solid Haynes originals tapping the soulful end of the blues-rock spectrum he's long worked, showcasing his vocals most prominently but as always also featuring a guitar clinic, here a bit more nuanced than usual. The band has been doing full-set tributes to Sly and James Brown. Although not scheduled here, maybe a few of their nuggets will sneak into the mix. All ages.
Wed., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., 2011