After having studied at Vanderbilt\'s Blair School of Music, 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 Dickey 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. Prior to that, Woody played in the 1970s jazz fusion rock band Montage, and following that with former Kiss drummer Peter Criss in the Criss Penridge Alliance in the 1980s.\n', '
Woody was found dead the morning of Saturday August 26, 2000 at the Marriott Courtyard Motel in Queens, New York. A preliminary autopsy performed was inconclusive and showed no immediate cause of death. He is survived by his wife Jenny and daughter Savannah.\n', '
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.\n', '