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6 April 1960, Asheville, North Carolina, USA. As a child Haynes was captivated by soul music, but at age 12 he took up the guitar. This brought about a shift in his musical influences, notably Eric Clapton and Cream. His older brothers, whose guitars he had first tried to play, directed him to other, even more strongly blues-orientated figures, such as Howlin Wolf. Haynes began playing at parties and also visited nightclubs despite being underage. By the age of 15 he was sitting in at clubs and attracting considerable approving attention. He played in various local bands until, in 1980, he was hired by David Allan Coe. For the next four years, he toured nationally and internationally and recorded with Coe. While touring with Coe he met Gregg Allman and Richard Dickie Betts, two musicians who would influence his later career.
From the mid-80s, Haynes worked as a session musician in Nashville, Tennessee, which is where he...