Allmans, Gov't Mule come together to honor late bassist
In September of 2000, one month after the death of Gov’t Mule and Allman Brothers Band bassist Allen Woody, many of his friends came together to stage “One for Woody.”
The benefit concert at Roseland raised money for his daughter’s education. Ten years later, the Allmans, Gov’t Mule and several surprise guests are coming together for another benefit, appropriately called “Another One for Woody.” This time, the concert will support music education in schools.
We asked Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allmans and the Mule, to share some memories of Woody.
Getting to know you
“We had met, but didn’t get to know each other until we joined the Allmans at the same time [in 1989]. We instantly became friends because we were the new guys.”
Forming the Mule
“Woody and I established the concept of Gov’t Mule together based on conversations we’d have late at night while touring with the Allmans. The concept was to fill a void in rock music that no one seemed to be filling at that point: an improvisational rock trio similar to the Jimi Hendrix Experience or Cream.”
A great sense of humor
“He was one of the funniest people I ever met. He had this wit that was so quick and sharp, and his comebacks to any situation were always hilarious. … But I can’t think of an example off the top of my head that I’d want to see in print.”
Master of improv
“Woody was a musician who thrived on improvisation…. His instincts on what to play were always spot on. In the studio, I was always curious to see what he’d come up with because I knew it would always be the right thing and would be something I’d never think of.”
No middle ground
“One of the things I really admired about Woody was that his taste in music was all or nothing. If he didn’t absolutely love something, he wouldn’t listen. There was no ‘pretty good’. It was either great or it sucked. He didn’t have tolerance for mediocre music.”
Another One for Woody is Monday at 8 p.m. at Roseland Ballroom at 239 W. 52nd St. $100