2018 Austin Blues Society Award Nominee - Lifetime Achievement
2018 Austin Blues Society Award Winner - Best Artist
Alan Haynes started playing guitar at the age of 8 and approached the blues for the first time when he was about 12. Among the first influences he had were the Three Kings of the Blues – BB King, Freddie King, and Albert King – and fellow Houston native Albert Collins. By the age of 16, Alan decided to dedicate himself to the blues.
In the late 1970s, Alan joined the Texas Boogie Band as a second guitarist, but eventually became the main guitarist. Alan moved to Austin, TX in the early 1980s. While playing with the Texas Boogie Band, Haynes got to open and share the stage with the legendary Muddy Waters. At this point, Alan and the Texas Boogie Band were the house band at the Texas Opry House, and were getting radio play in Houston on 101 KLOL.
Alan subsequently formed his own band, Alan Haynes and the Stepchildren, and released his first EP, "Seventh Son," in 1984 under the Orphan label. The Stepchildren included legendary Blues-Rock drummer Uncle John Turner, who had played with the likes of Johnny Winter during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Alan was inducted into the "Buddy Magazine Texas Tornado List" in 1980, and his band was voted "Best Blues Band" by the "Music City Austin - Music Poll" in 1985.
During the 1990s, Alan anchored the house band at Antone's "Home of the Blues." In 1994, Alan released his second studio album, "Wishing Well", recording with friends and former Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble rhythm sections Chris Layton on drums, Tommy Shannon on bass, and Reese Wynans on keyboards, with contributions from Preston Hubbard from the Fabulous Thunderbirds and George Rains (Jimmie Vaughan's drummer). The album earned Haynes a featured article in "Guitar Player" magazine in August 1995.
Alan continues to play locally and in Europe, and has recorded two additional albums featuring live performances.