Bassist Dream Team Fielded For Allen Woody Tribute CD

Les Claypool, Mike Gordon, Phil Lesh, others to help honor late Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers Band bass player.

A dream team of bassists has been recruited to play on a CD tribute to Allen Woody, the Allman Brothers Band alumnus and bassist for power trio Gov't Mule who died in August.

The surviving members of Gov't Mule — guitarist Warren Haynes and drummer Matt Abts — are busy rounding up many of Woody's favorite players for the disc. Among them are Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Les Claypool (Primus), Mike Gordon (Phish), Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report, Santana, the Other Ones), Jack Casady (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), Chris Squire and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power), according to management and a band spokesperson. Ex-Allmans keyboardist Johnny Neel also will play on the disc.

"Somewhere Allen Woody is smiling, looking down to see all of his favorite bass players rising to the occasion to do this amazing project," Haynes said in a statement.

Each bassist will sit in Woody's stead for a tune on the disc, expected in the fall. Among several Haynes/Abts-penned tunes, the album will include "Lay of the Sunflower," a song written by Haynes and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.

Woody and Haynes joined the Allman Brothers Band for 1990's Seven Turns and are credited with revitalizing the group's career — and its hard-jamming blues rock sound on tunes such as "Whipping Post" and "Where It All Begins" — before departing in 1997 to focus on Gov't Mule.

Woody was found dead in a Queens, New York, hotel room August 26.