- a killer guitarist and a soulful singer, deeply dedicated to
the Blues...and also he just happens to be a nice guy.
Haynes has performed with such Blues Greats as
Stevie Ray Vaughan.,
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
(with Jimmie Vaughan),
John Lee Hooker,
Robert Cray, Bugs Henderson,
Gregg Martin, Joe Walsh, Leroy Parnell, Willie Nelson,
James Cotton, Denny Freeman,
Austin’s Sexton brothers (Will & Charlie), Derek O’Brien,
Doyle Bramhall ll, and
the great Johnny Winter, who
he claims as a major inspiration. This influence can be heard
especially in Alan's passionate and throaty singing style. He’s
opened for the Talking Heads, Muddy
Waters, and Buddy Guy and has
toured with Albert King &
Bobby Blue Bland to name
a few. For six years in the 1990’s Alan was the house band at
the legendary Antone’s Blues Club in Austin, TX.
Born February 19th 1956 in Houston, Texas, he started playing
guitar at the age of 8 and soon discovered the Blues when he was
about 12 or 13. At that time Alan never thought about making a
living playing guitar. While listening a lot to B.B. King,
Albert Collins and Freddie King
on the radio, he always thought he'd become an artist. And his
artistic talents were not lost because in 1996 he did the
graphics for his album "Wishing well" on his own.
It was in the early 70's - Alan was about 16 - when he was
standing at the crossroads and had to choose his way. He made up
his mind and hit the road of Blues ... and he "knew that there
was no turning back."
Alan's first professional effort started in the late 70's when
he joined the "Texas Boogie Band" and soon became the front man
and leader of the band. The bass was played by none other than
former Johnny Winter's sideman Tommy Shannon, who later reached
fame as part of Stevie Ray Vaughan.'s "Double Trouble". The
"Texas Boogie Band" got lot of radio play and became the house
band at the Texas Opry House.
After moving to Austin in the early 80's, Alan formed his band
"Alan Haynes and the Stepchildren" and recorded his first EP,
"Seventh Son". With him on board was the legendary
Turner, who, like Tommy Shannon, had also been playing with
Johnny Winter for years. Another legend can be heard on "Seventh
Son": Bobby Blue Bland's guitarist Wayne Bennett, with whom Alan
became good friends. So Alan went on to perform some shows
together with Wayne Bennett and
was inducted into the Buddy Magazine Texas Tornado List (The
Greatest Players in Texas. Perhaps The World.) in 1980.
In 1985, at the "Music City Austin - Music Poll" Alan was voted
"Best Blues Band".
In 1995, Alan released his second album, "Wishing Well", with
help from "Double Trouble", Reese Wynans, Tommy Shannon and
Chris Layton along with old "Thunderbirds" Preston Hubbard and
George Rains. This album received great reviews in many
magazines all over the world and led to a featured article in
the "Guitar Player Magazine", "Alan Haynes - New angles on
classic Blues". (August '95)
In the book, Guitar Legends (1995) Robert Cray is quoted as
saying his "more recent influences include blues guitarists
Charlie Baty of Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Jimmie Vaughan,
Ronnie Earl, and Texas-guitarist Alan Haynes.
Alan has graced the covers of such magazines as Southwest Blues
(January '99) and Buddy Magazine (April '00). He has received
rave reviews for his 2002 CD release on Red Guitar Records,
"Live at The Big Easy" by Dan Forte in the October 2002 issue of
Vintage Guitar Magazine.
When you have a chance to see Alan playing.... Don't miss him!!!