Today marks 17 years since the untimely death of bassist Allen Woody. The co-founding member of Gov’t Mule and former member of The Allman Brothers Band was just 44 years old when his life was cut tragically short.
Woody’s influential legacy lives on in the many live recordings made of his performances and this week’s Saturday Stream presents a Spotify Playlist of the bassist in various live settings with Mule and the ABB. The 40-track collection was culled from three live The Allman Brothers Band releases and a pair of Gov’t Mule live recordings, with repeated songs edited out of the playlist.
“End Of The Line” from An Evening With The Allman Brothers Band: First Set opens the playlist. Recorded in December 1991 in Macon, Georgia and in March 1992 in Boston and New York City, the release also included classic ABB cuts like “Blue Sky,” “Dreams” and “Revival.” Additional selections from the ABB’s March 1992 Beacon Theatre run in NYC were issued on the Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992 album. Woody can be heard at the Beacon contributing to ABB staples such as “Statesboro Blues,” “Midnight Rider” and “Whipping Post.” The Allmans and Woody are also featured on An Evening With The Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set a 1992 version of “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” as well as 1994 editions of “Soulshine,” “Jessica” and several other Southern rock favorites.
Two New Year’s Eve Gov’t Mule shows follow the ABB content on the playlist. First is their December 31, 1995 performance in New York City issued as Live At Roseland Ballroom. Early Mule renditions of “Trane,” “Temporary Saint,” “Painted Silver Light” and more are featured. The Roxy in Atlanta hosted a Gov’t Mule NYE show on December 31, 1998 which came out as Live… With A Little Help from Our Friends. Originals such as “Thorazine Shuffle” and “Mule” are featured alongside covers like Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer,” Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and more.
Give a listen to Allen Woody live with The Allmans and Mule below: