This release includes a bonus DVD.
Gov't Mule: Warren Hayes (vocals, guitar); Matt Abts (drums); Danny Louis (keyboards).
Additional personnel includes: Jack Casady, Les Claypool, Karl Denson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horns, Bela Fleck, Roger Glover, Mike Gordon, David Hildago, Paul Jackson, Sonny Landreth, Conrad Lazano, Will Lee, Jason Newsted.
Recorded live at The Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 3, 2003.
Personnel: Warren Haynes (vocals, guitar, slide guitar); David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar); Les Claypool (vocals); Sonny Landreth (slide guitar); B‚la Fleck (electric banjo); Karl Denson (flute, tenor saxophone); Roger Lewis (baritone saxophone); Efrem Towns (trumpet); Fred Wesley, Sammie Williams (trombone); Julius McKee (sousaphone); Danny Louis (Clavinet, keyboards, background vocals); Bernie Worrell (organ, keyboards); Ivan Neville (keyboards); Matt Abts (drums); George Porter, Jr. (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Michael Barbiero.
Liner Note Author: Warren Haynes.
Recording information: The Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA (05/03/2003).
Editors: Amy Weller; Jon Obenchain.
Photographer: Michael Weintraub.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Randy Ward; John Johnson ; Chris Hanson.
Arrangers: Efrem Towns; Julius McKee; Matt Abts; Roger Lewis; Warren Haynes; Sammie Williams.
When Gov't Mule bassist Allen Woody passed away, bandmates Warren Haynes and Matt Abts chose to go forward to keep the memory of their friend alive. Rather than initially replacing Woody outright, they instead invited a number of famous bass players who were both friends and influences on their friends to play on a two-part project called THE DEEP END. After touring and having these numerous guests pop up to periodically play with the Mule on the road, ATO Records got smart and recorded the May 3rd, 2003 show at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans for a package called (not surprisingly), THE DEEPEST END: LIVE IN CONCERT. Joined by plenty of surprise guests, including Les Claypool, Karl Denson, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Bela Fleck, the Mule runs through two discs worth of tunes that include the jazz-flavored "Sco-Mule," chugging rocker "Bad Little Doggie" and the Dead-flavored Haynes/Robert Hunter collaboration "Lay of the Sunflower." Most touching is the heartfelt "Soulshine," with Haynes' gritty vocals raising plenty of goose bumps on this wholly appropriate set-ending song. For those unable to attend any of these shows, there is a bonus DVD included to give listeners a look at this special concert experience.