Happy Birthday Allen Woody: Performing With Gov’t Mule On ‘Late Night’ In 1995


Allen Woody was born in Nashville, Tennessee on this date in 1955. The former bassist in The Allman Brothers Band was just 44 years old when he unexpectedly died on August 26, 2000.

Woody joined his ABB band mate, guitarist Warren Haynes, to form Gov’t Mule with drummer Matt Abts in 1994. The trio recorded three studio albums and toured extensively during Woody’s stint holding down the low end. Haynes and Abts continued on, first with Andy Hess, and now performing with a lineup featuring current bassist Jorgen Carlsson and multi-instrumentalist fourth member Danny Louis.

The original Gov’t Mule trio appeared on the December 29, 1995 episode of Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Two days later they would ring in 1996 with a New Year’s Eve concert at the nearby Roseland Ballroom with Blues Traveler also on the bill. Woody, Haynes and Abts performed the song “Mule” from their 1995 self-titled debut album for the Late Night audience.

Check out the performance below:

[Originally Published: October 3, 2017]