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Matt Abts

Matt Abts, born September 30, 1953 in Oklahoma, is an American drummer best known as a founding member of the rock band, Gov't Mule.

An original member of Gov’t Mule (aka GM), Abts first started playing music in high school in Panama before relocating to Virginia where he spent the next eight years playing music regionally in numerous bands before moving to Florida and getting a break playing with Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell in 1984. Matt recorded “Pattern Disruptive” with the Dickey Betts Band in 1988 which also included future GM cohort Warren Haynes and X2 keyboardist Johnny Neel.

In 1994, Matt relocated to Los Angeles, CA, teaming up with Warren Haynes and Allen Woody to form Gov’t Mule. The band recorded five albums and toured extensively till August 2000, when their bass player (Woody) passed away unexpectedly. Abts and Haynes continued on with the release of the Deep End I & II, and the Deepest End DVD, as a tribute to Allen featuring over 20 of the biggest named bass players ever assembled (including John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, Larry Graham, Alphonso Johnson, and Flea) on two records and a DVD film recording of an historic live show in New Orleans 2003. GM was nominated for a Grammy for "Sco Mule" off the Deep End album.

In 2004, along with keyboard player Danny Louis and bass player Andy Hess already in the new line up, GM released DÉJÀ VOODOO — touring in support of the album both nationally and abroad through 2005. Time away from Gov’t Mule allows for recording and live performances in many different formats. X2 and Deep Fried, (both bands include Johnny Neel, and in DF, members George Porter Jr. and Brian Stoltz), and Hook Herrera have remained active in the past year.

2003 Grammy Nomination – performance – Sco-Mule
2002 Drummie Award – #1 R&B Drummer – Drum! Magazine
2004 Drummer Award – #1 Jam Band Drummer – Drum! Magazine
Modern Drummer Feature Articles
Drum! Magazine Feature Articles