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Gov’t Mule is a southern rock/jam band formed in 1994 as a side project to The Allman Brothers Band, but has taken on a life of its own. Like many jam bands, Gov’t Mule does not get much radio airplay but is popular due to constant touring and intense fan loyalty.

When the Allman Brothers Band reformed in 1989 in response to the popularity of the Dreams box set, Warren Haynes was added on lead guitar and Allen Woody on bass. The two shared a love for ’60s power trios, like Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and James Gang. With no bands making similar music in the 90s (except ZZ Top), Haynes, Woody, and former Dickey Betts drummer Matt Abts came together as Gov’t Mule during Allman Brothers’ breaks. (It is likely that Haynes and Abts first met during the recording of the Dickey Betts Band CD “Pattern Disruptive” in 1988.) They released their debut album the selftitled Gov’t Mule in 1995. It was followed by Live from Roseland Ballroom.

When it became apparent that the Allman Brothers weren’t planning on recording any new material, Haynes and Woody left to concentrate full-time on Gov’t Mule in 1997. Dose, the studio follow up to their first studio effort, was released in early 1998. They were joined by members of the Allman Brothers, the Black Crowes, and Parliament/Funkadelic for their 1998 New Year’s Eve concert. This was released in both a two and four CD version as Live …


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