by the band's original lineup - Haynes, drummer Matt Abts and bassist Allen Woody
(who died in 2000).
I had just heard last November's Another One For Woody (an annual gig by Gov't Mule in New York, which is staged in memory of the late Allen Woody
, former bassist for the Mule) and the nearly two-hour concert had some Mule staples, such as Soulshine and Banks of The Deep End, but also a fabulous cover version of The Beatles' Dear Prudence (a 10-minute plus version, actually
Although the record has been billed as a tribute to Allen Woody
and in part is, Warren states, "It's not really a tribute per se, considering it's predominately all new material.
Gov't Mule formed in 1994 as an Allman Brothers side project with slide guitarist Haynes and bass guitarist Allen Woody
, according to a press release.
The three-piece band had already built up a substantial following in the US when bass player Allen Woody
died suddenly in 2000.
Before founding bass player Allen Woody
died in 2000, Gov't Mule would invite Louis to perform as a guest at the band's New York City shows.
It took three years, three albums and a lot of road time, but Gov't Mule has found a bass player to replace original member Allen Woody
, who died in 2000.