The albums are a tribute to original Gov't Mule bassist Allen Woody, who also spent a number of years playing bass for the Allman Brothers Band. The project's concept was to feature a different bass player on each track, and the band recorded over twenty tracks with a veritable who's who of rock bassists, including John Entwhistle, Flea, Phil Lesh, John Paul Jones, Bootsy Collins, and Tony Levin. In addition to the film work, Mike co-wrote and played bass on the track "Banks of the Deep End". Due to the substantial amount of music, there will be one album released on October 23 and another next spring. In addition to footage and interviews from the sessions, Mike has also conducted interviews with a number of people who knew Allen. No release date has been set for the DVD, but it's likely to be available early in 2002.
In other Mike news, his film "Outside Out" will be featured at the 1st Annual Two Boots Stop Look and Listen Film Festival in New York City this week. The film plays in a double feature with "Bittersweet Motel" on Friday night, September 21 at the Pioneer Theatre, located at 155 East 3rd Street (at Ave. A). "Bittersweet Motel" plays first at 10 pm, followed by "Outside Out" at midnight.
For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Pioneer Theater web site at http://www.twoboots.com/pioneer or call them at (212) 254-3300. For more info on Outside Out, check out the official site at http://www.outsideout.com