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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:09 AM
Gone four years today. So sad.

I miss Capt Al's great big grin and that unbelieveable skill at playing the bass.

RIP Allen.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:14 AM
R.I.P.
Allen Woody, I saw you at my first Mule show and you played the bass in a style all of your own.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:15 AM
I'll always remember a few months ago, I pulled out the first Gov't Mule album after not listening to it for probably a few years. The thing I noticed most was that Woody was all over that album. His bass playing blew me away. Go listen to that first GM album....turn it up to eleven, and listen to Woody play.....

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:15 AM
Scary-looking nice guy. I really miss the 'meat' he brought to the ABB sound. He was genuine.
 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:23 AM
I was fortunate enough to see Woody once with the Brothers, once with
Blue Floyd, and four times with the Mule. He never failed to completely
blow me away with his high level of playing. My favorite memory of him was
in August 1999 at the Summer Sessions show at Harmony Park,MN. Outdoors.
beautiful day, great vibe. I got right up in the front row in front of Woody's SVT cabinet
and just let his thunderous sound pummel me!!! I love it when it feels like the bass
is controlling your heartbeat. Also met Woody for the first and only time backstage
later that day. R.I.P. Bro, you will always be loved!!!

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:26 AM
radio-x, I must have been standing right next to you that day in Harmony Park. That was a great set by the Mule, for sure...

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:30 AM
Sandman- yes it was, and all 4 bands that day were excellent. Let me know if
you would like a copy of the Mule set from that day, I listen to it very often,
and have given away many copies.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:36 AM
Thanks for the offer, radio! But I, too, listen to it often. My first taste of String Cheese and Galactic that day and I was very impressed...

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:41 AM
Sandman- I had never heard any of the bands except Mule before that day,
and they all blew me away, especially moe. and Galactic. And Harmony Park
is a little hippie-Mecca! Might be going over there to see Leftover Salmon
at Harvest Fest.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 08:52 AM
Not to completely threadjack, but you're right. Harmony Park is a fun place to see a show...I've been there three times (that Mule show, Blueground Undergrass and a slew of bluegrass bands and then Widespread Panic). It's a fun time for sure....

Enjoy Leftover Salmon. Are you from around there?




Back to Woody: I saw one of his last shows on the banks of the Des Moines River in 2000. Another great show from Capt. Al

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 09:03 AM
Listening to 21 Sept. 2000 as we/I type.....thing is it came to mind the other day when posting about the BC. The date didn't even occur to me then.

M.

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 09:08 AM
I remember seeing him first with the Brothers in 93 in Tuscaloosa, AL, and thinking that's got to be the meanest dude that's ever walked, until I met him a year later and walked away thinking that's probably one of the sweetest dudes that's ever walked!

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 09:11 AM
We last saw him( & Mule) at a small club in Salem VA not long before.....
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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 09:22 AM
Miss ya buddy

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 10:00 AM
I concur. SRV was 14 days ago tomorrow. His last show was the fateful Alpine Valley show 14 years ago today.
 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 10:01 AM
The Mule will never be the same. Bet he is lying down the groove for one awesome jam upstairs.
 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 10:41 AM
He lives on in his music.

Go put on some live Mule, BLue Floyd or ABB with Big Al and
feel his strong personality.

Luv ya, Captain Al.

Peace
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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 12:50 PM
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thinking that's got to be the meanest dude that's ever walked, until I met him a year later and walked away thinking that's probably one of the sweetest dudes that's ever walked!


I'm with you, Clay - I was lucky enough to meet Allen after the Zakk Wylde show - could not have been nicer - Play on, Brother.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 01:05 PM
One of my favorite pictures I have is me with Capt. Al taken at GABBA in Macon, 1996. Woody had a Sharpie pen cap in his mouth and his arm around me. I have a big ol' smile on my face.

Got to see him play again last night at PNC via the videoscreen. That gets me every time.

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 02:11 PM
I was thinking about Woody last week while listening to Cortez the Killer off of "Live with a Little Help from our Friends." His playing was as powerful and "meaty (good word choice)", as well as tasteful as ever. Everytime I hear him I have the visual imagine of him playing right in front of his stack, head back tilted to the side, eyes wide open, and a "illegal" grin on his face, he tended to look like the bass was playing him and he was just holding on for the ride! Well we surely know who was playing it, gotta love it!

Met him outside the Georgia Theatre in Athens in '97, he sat and very openly talked with us for about 30 minutes. A very interesting, funny, and nice guy.

I spoke to Dave Schools before his first show with the Mule in Athens after Allen passed. Schools said Allen was "my hero and a great friend."

You are missed Woody!

Ryan

[Edited on 8/26/2004 by RyanBelair]

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 02:28 PM
rip brother Allen
 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 02:39 PM
Dickey tells a great story about when Woody showed up to audition for the band.

I remember his first show in 89... Chataqua... (sp?) and about thirtty more after that 89-94... he left his mark on me.

Ride in Peace, Brother

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 02:48 PM
Over the years I have seen ABB & Mule dozens of times. I had the chance to meet Woody on several occasions and he was an outstanding individual everytime. The most memorable time was at the ATTIC nightclub in Greenville, NC...he was very candid & cool. I have a thread about this meeting over in the Allen section of the forum...I think I will bump it up & make it easy to find, incase any of you folks want to check it out again or for 1st time.

Miss ya Woody!

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 02:53 PM
Capn,

Care to share it?

Ryan

 

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  posted on 8/26/2004 at 03:02 PM
Only time I saw AW was with the Mule in '95- hot steamy show in downstairs room at Pearl Street in Northampton MA not too long after Garcia died. Met his brother in law at Oakdale last Sunday- I spotted his shirt with a photo of Savannah up on her dad's shoulders & commented 'nice shirt'...he explained me about the situation. People I bump into around town often say, 'Oh, you've been around here since the 80's? You musta known Woody'- Sorry, no. In any case it's pretty unanimous he was a nice guy. He used to buy mandolins and such at Fretted Instrument Workshop but no electric basses- told the owner he already had hundreds of them. Sail on, dude!
 
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