As the president, chief scientist, and CEO of Strategic Analysis Enterprises, Inc., Stephen M. Shellman has analyzed trends for governmental agencies, using his academic background in security studies. In his off hours, Steve Shellman plays in a rock band and appreciates the music of Warren Haynes.
Haynes is perhaps best known for his work as a guitarist for the Allman Brothers and his own group, Gov’t Mule. Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1960, Haynes developed a taste for rhythm and blues as well as soul music. After getting a guitar at age 12, Haynes began playing at parties and later joined a band called Ricochet. His work attracted interest from a member of David Allen Coe’s band, which he joined at age 20.
After performing successively in several groups, Haynes joined guitarist Dickey Betts’ band. When Betts re-formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, he brought Haynes along as a guitarist. For eight years, Haynes recorded and toured with the Allmans. He started his first self-named band during time off from the Allmans and released a solo album. Haynes also practiced his songwriting, selling a song to Garth Brooks that went on to become a hit.
In 1994, Haynes disbanded his group and started a trio, Gov’t Mule. During the 2000s, Haynes’s musical activities included gigs with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and other surviving members of that band. He also revived the Warren Haynes Band and continued with Gov’t Mule. In 2011 he made a Southern soul album and in 2012 he released a live album. Accompanied by the band Railroad Earth, Haynes then cut the blues-tinged Ashes and Dust for a 2015 release.