Douglas Allen Woody
(October 3, 1955 – August 26, 2000) was bass guitarist
best known for his tenure in the rock
groups The Allman Brothers Band
, Gov't Mule
, The Artimus Pyle Band
, The Peter Criss Band
, Blue Floyd, and Montage.
Woody joined The Allman Brothers Band
along with guitarist Warren Haynes
upon the group's reunion in 1989. Woody and Haynes formed side project Gov't Mule
in 1994 with former Dicky Betts
drummer Matt Abts
. Haynes and Woody decided to leave The Allman Brothers Band in 1997 to put a full-time effort into Gov't Mule. Woody died in 2000, leaving behind his wife Jenny and daughter Savannah.
Woody's death helped Haynes in his decision to return to The Allman Brothers Band. Gov't Mule continued on after Woody's death with Andy Hess
assuming bass duties after a three year period that saw a rotating group of bass players including Mike Gordon
, Dave Schools
, Oteil Burbridge
(Woody's replacement in the Allman Brothers Band), George Porter Jr.
and Les Claypool
Woody was a respected bass guitarist - he had a large collection of bass guitars (around 450), featured in his own bass instruction video and was held in high esteem for his playing. The Epiphone Rumble Kat
signature bass was similar to two specially built double-neck instruments that Gibson
made him: a bass/guitar and a bass/mandolin. With the Allman Brothers, although Woody used many different basses, Gibson Thunderbirds
were his preferred instruments, along with......