The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule bassist Allen Woody was born in Nashville on this date in 1955. Tragically, Woody died on August 26, 2000 at the far too early age of 44. While he was renowned for his bass work with ABB and Gov’t Mule, Woody could play just about anything with strings and was an accomplished mandolin and guitar player.
Woody’s lead guitar work in the Pink Floyd supergroup tribute act Blue Floyd is the subject of this week’s Sunday Cinema. Blue Floyd featured a number of ace musicians from the ABB universe and beyond including Woody’s Mule bandmate and Dicky Betts Band drummer Matt Abts; son of founding ABB bassist Berry Oakley, Berry Oakley Jr. on bass; Allmans and Dicky Betts keyboardist Johnny Neel and former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford.
In honor of Woody, JamBase takes a look at two Blue Floyd videos captured just months before his death showcasing Allen’s ample guitar skills.
The first video sees Blue Floyd performing The Dark Side Of The Moon instrumental “Any Colour You Like” at The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California on January 15, 2000. While the first section of Pink Floyd’s version is soaked in synth by Richard Wright, Blue Floyd, as their name suggests, performed Floyd tunes in a more southern rock blues style. In Solana Beach, Woody helms the first section and his solo goes from well-placed licks to rapid-fire riffs and is intensely expressive throughout. Allen then kicks it over to Ford who shreds a solo before Neel nods to Wright with some synth stylings.
Captured a couple weeks after The Belly Up play, the second video features Blue Floyd on “Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)” at The Bottom Line in New York City on January 28, 2000. The band delivers a funky groove to open up the tune ahead of Neel and Oakley teaming up on the lyrics. Ford then wails away before Woody tears into the tune, which the band stretched out to 14 minutes.
Check out both videos below: