That time Warren Haynes told me that his Allman Brothers song “Soulshine” was inspired by his dad

By Steve Newton

There some tunes that just grab you by the heart with their simple beauty and honesty and, if you’re lucky, maybe a wailing Les Paul guitar.

“Soulshine” is one of ’em.

When I interviewed Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes for the first time, a quarter-century ago, the band was touring behind its Where It All Begins album, which featured a version of the Haynes-written tune sung by Gregg Allman.

At one point in the interview I mentioned to Warren that “Soulshine” was one of my faves and, going by the lyrics–“just like my daddy used to say”–asked him if it was inspired by his father’s approach to life.

Have a listen…but don’t mind the part where he answers the phone:



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