Warren Haynes–a southern rock 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.
Today Warren continued that trend with the announcement of “Long Hair, Don’t Care: An All-Star Tribute To Hanson’s ‘Middle of Nowhere.'” The performance–set to take place on August 23rd in appropriately out-of-the-way Oshkosh, Wisconsin–will pay homage to the influential boy band.
Says Haynes of the concept, “Hanson‘s Middle Of Nowhere was an eye-opening album for me. It just spoke to me on so many different levels, you know? Right when I picked up that album cover and saw those young guns with their luscious locks, I saw myself as a kid–it’s like I was out there in the middle of nowhere with them.” Haynes continues, “Lyrically, these kids were prodigies. Just look at ‘MMMBop’–I mean, who doesn’t have an emotional reaction to eloquent turns of phrase like ‘Mmmbop, ba duba dop, Ba du bop, ba duba dop, Ba du bop, ba duba dop, Ba du, yeah'”
Haynes will serve as musical director for the performance. He will be joined by Don Was, as well as AMC/CMA Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, The Radiators’ Dave Malone, keyboard master John Medeski, legendary funk drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield’s Piety Street Band), and horns master Mark Mullins (Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr.), as well as Aaron and Nick Carter, who will help preserve the album’s brotherly 90’s boy band vibe.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, April 2nd, at 10:00am ET!