THOUGHTS ON GARCIA: DON'T LET GO

WARREN HAYNES :: GOV'T MULE, ALLMAN BROTHERS


Warren Haynes by Susan J. Weiand
1. How would you say the music of Jerry Garcia and/or the man himself has influenced your music, your craft, and/or your life path?

Jerry and I are very different, musically speaking, but I have a feeling if we'd had the chance to talk music and influences we'd have shared a lot of common ground – from blues to jazz to bluegrass to soul music. He influenced me in several ways but perhaps the most important way being that he forged his own path that was uniquely his and didn't let anything convince him not to. Playing in so many formats, bands, projects, etc., covering songs from all genres, and writing songs in all genres, all the while bucking the mainstream.

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

One night at Madison Square Garden, Bruce Hornsby pulled my wife Stefani and I up on stage and sat us right behind his piano. We were literally ten feet from Jerry. My wife was a huge DeadHead so she was freaking out. We were able to watch from the band's point of view how they communicated, how Jerry subtly lead the band, and the audiences attention being so focused on him. Unfortunately, I didn't meet him that night, which would have been my best chance, but I still have a mental picture of what I consider one of my "Forrest Gump Moments."

3. What would you say is the most significant thing Jerry has given the world?

His entire being – it came out in his music. All the history, the passion, the vulnerability, the uniqueness – all flowed out of him into other people.

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