Basic Background Info

Birth: September 30, 1953
Location: Oklahoma
Band: Gov't Mule, Blue Flord, Allman Brothers Band
Genres: Rock, Southern Rock, Blues
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Matt Abts is best known as one-third of the power trio Gov't Mule. The concept began on an Allman Brothers Band tour bus. Warren Haynes and Allen Woody reminisced about the lack of modern-day power trios. Woody suggested Matt Abts, and Gov't Mule emerged.

Matt Abts's first high school experience with music was followed by regional performances around Virginia in an array of bands. Matt Abts relocated to Florida where his hard work paid off, and he started playing with Dicky Betts and Chuck Leavell. Matt met Warren Haynes while recording Pattern Disruptive in 1988 with the Dicky Betts Band.

In 1994, Matt Abts moved to Los Angeles where Gov't Mule performed for the first time. Three years later, the members devoted all of their time to Gov't Mule and relinquished their roles with other musical outfits. During that time, Gov't Mule toured and recorded five albums. Their sound could be described as a cross between Jimi Hendrix and Steppenwolf, full of big riffs, massive grooves, and expansive improvisations. However, in 2000, bassist Allen Woody unexpectedly passed away. Matt and Warren continued working to release Deep End I and II, before releasing the Deepest End, a DVD tribute to Woody featuring more than thirty of the greatest bass players of all time (including John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, Larry Graham, Alphonso Johnson, and Flea).

In 2002, old friend Danny Louis joined Warren Haynes and Matt Abts on keyboards and the following year, Andy Hess began playing bass for the band. In 2004, they released DÈj‡ Voodoo and toured extensively in support of the album. They continued recording (Best of the Capricorn Years, High & Mighty, Mighty High) and are currently touring the U.S.

Matt Abts also regularly performs with Blue Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band of sorts. Blue Floyd imparts a high-energy blues sound on top of classic Pink Floyd tracks.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1988 Pattern Disruptive Dickey Betts
1989 Dreams The Allman Brothers Band
1995 Gov't Mule Gov't Mule
1995 Hempilation: Freedom is NORML Various Artists
1995 Old Friend Chris Anderson
1995 Once in a Blue Moon Gerry Groom
1995 Twice Blue Gerry Groom
1998 Dose Gov't Mule
1998 Hound Dog Taylor: A Tribute Various Artists
1999 Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends [Box Set] Gov't Mule
1999 Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends Gov't Mule
1999 Welcome to Little Milton Little Milton
2000 Flower & the Knife Kevn Kinney
2000 Life Before Insanity Gov't Mule
2001 Deep End, Vol. 1 Gov't Mule
2002 Allman Brothers: Bluegrass Jam Band Tribute Various Artists
2002 Deep End, Vol. 2 Gov't Mule
2002 Jam Band Tribute to Frank Zappa Various Artists
2002 Jam Band Tribute to the Allman Brothers Various Artists
2002 Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends, Vol. 2 Gov't Mule
2002 NASCAR on Fox: Crank It Up Various Artists
2002 X2 Johnny Neel Matt Abts X2 Johnny Neel Matt Abts
2003 Deepest End: Live in Concert Gov't Mule
2003 Dream Factor Jack Casady
2004 DÈj‡ Voodoo Gov't Mule
2004 More Talk About Tonight Slang
2004 Under the Influence: A Jam Band Tribute to Lynyrd Sky Various Artists
2006 Best of the Capricorn Years Gov't Mule
2006 High & Mighty Gov't Mule
2007 Benefit Concert, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2007 Benefit Concert, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2007 Black Light Sonatas Michael Lee Firkins
2007 Live at Roseland Ballroom [Bonus Track] Gov't Mule
2007 Mighty High Gov't Mule
2008 Begins Blue Floyd


  • In early 2003, "Sco-Mule," a funky instrumental track from Deep End I that featured jazz guitarist John Scofield, was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pearl
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Pearl
Heads: Remo
Percussion: Latin Percussion
Sticks: Vater

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