Modern day southern rockers Govt Mule started as merely a side-project for latter-day Allman Brothers Band members Warren Haynes (6 April 1960, Asheville, North Carolina, USA; guitar/vocals) and Douglas Allen Woody (b. 3 October 1955, USA, d. 26 August 2000, Queens, New York City, New York, USA; bass), but soon took on a life all its own. Haynes and Woody had been part of the Allman Brothers circle for several years by 1994, when the duo jammed with drummer Matt Abts (b. 30 September 1953, Oklahoma, USA) at a Los Angeles club after a local Allman Brothers Band gig in May of that year. The trio remained in contact and continued to play when their busy schedules allowed it, as its members began to take the new project more seriously with each successive jam session. At first, Haynes and Woody attempted to keep Govt Mule going along with their Allman Brothers Band duties, resulting in albums such as 1995s self-titled debut and 1996s Live At...
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