Allen Woody (Allman Bros. Band, Govt. Mule)

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Inspired by Jack Bruce, Jack Casady, and Felix Pappalardi, the late Douglas Allen Woody anchored the reborn and re-energized Allman Brothers Band wherein he met guitarist Warren Hayes and consequently formed Gov’t Mule – a fiery ensemble which expanded on the ABB’s jam-band aesthetic.

Dig Alan with the Allmans “Whipping Post”

As cited by this writer in Huffington Post – Woody warrants entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work in the Allman Brothers – as does his peer bassists in that ensemble: Lamar Williams, David Goldflies, Oteil Burbridge.

Tom Semioli / Huffington Post “A Bass Player’s Rant: 33 Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” :

An educator, collector (he owned hundreds of basses and as I recall in one interview, hauled a truck-load of gear to his Allmans audition), Woody was a master improviser and groove player who employed a wide array of tones and techniques on the trad four, fretless, and extended range.

Dig Woody with Mule on “Where’s My Mule”

Bassist Mike Gordon directed a documentary about Woody entitled Rising Low (2002).

Rising Low Part 1

Rising Low Part 2