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Warren Haynes hits the Vilar Center stage with his new mostly acoustic album, ‘Ashes & Dust’

Guitar god Warren Haynes plays Sunday night at the Vilar. His new album, "Ashes & Dust," is an acoustic departure from much of his work.
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What: Warren Haynes and the Ashes & Dust Band.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $78 general admission, or $98 orchestra pit standing.

More information: Buy tickets at the VPAC box office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org

BEAVER CREEK — Guitar deity Warren Haynes is happiest with a stack of amps behind him and a crowd in front of him.

He’ll be grinning from ear to ear when he hits the Vilar Performing Arts Center stage tonight.

You’ve heard Haynes play, and if you haven’t, then your cultural education is incomplete. He’s with the Allman Brothers Band, plays solo, has performed here with Gov’t Mule and the one-off Sco-Mule.

He’s back on the road in support of a new solo album, the mostly acoustic “Ashes & Dust.”

“My playing here is quite different from what I’ve done in recent projects. It’s showcasing a side of my musicality that’s unlike, in some cases, anything I’ve ever done,” he said. “I like to adapt to my surroundings — to the music itself and to the musicians, trying to choose a musical voice that fits into the overall picture a certain way.”

“Ashes & Dust” started with music Haynes had prepared to record with Leon Russell, Levon Helm and T-Bone Wolk. Haynes shelved them after Helm and Wolk died.

He cranked it back up with members of the progressive bluegrass outfit Railroad Earth.

Legendary sound

Haynes met Railroad Earth seven years ago when they opened for Haynes and the Allman Brothers Band at Red Rocks.

They went into the studio two years ago to make “Ashes & Dust,” which Haynes released in July. He took 13 tracks on the road with the Ashes & Dust Band: drummer Jeff Sipe and the three-piece string section of Matt Menefee (banjo), Ross Holmes (violin) and Royal Masat (bass).

“Ashes & Dust” melds Haynes’ legendary guitar and soulful, Southern-tinged vocals with his band’s wood and strings to find a fresh take on Americana with some subtle electric touches from Haynes.

The prolific Haynes, now 55, regularly hits the road solo between his many other projects — Gov’t Mule and stints with The Grateful Dead and the Allmans among them. Most of those tours find their way to Colorado.

“For some reason, the Colorado audiences love to be a part of spontaneous music and music that’s driven by improvisation, that’s a little more experimental and adventurous,” Haynes told The Aspen Times. “Fans in that part of the country take music seriously and don’t want to be force-fed the same commercial music that everyone else is listening to.”

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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