Matt Abts

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Matt Abts
Gov't Mule 2007.07.05 002.jpg
Matt Abts performing with Gov't Mule in 2007.
Background information
Born (1953-09-30) September 30, 1953 (age 63)
Genres Rock, blues rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1984–present
Associated acts Gov't Mule
Dickey Betts
Blue Floyd
Website Matt

Matt Abts (born September 30, 1953) is an American drummer,[1] best known as one of the founding members of the rock band Gov't Mule.


Abts attended high school in Panama where he started playing music. After moving to Virginia, he played in local bands for eight years and then moved to Florida. There he played in and recorded an album with Chuck & John and the News, a local bar band from Bradenton, during the early 1980s. In 1984, he took on the role of drummer for Dickey Betts and Chuck Leavell. Abts recorded Pattern Disruptive with the Dickey Betts Band in 1988 which also included guitarist/vocalist, Warren Haynes. Abts joined Haynes and Allen Woody who had both been musicians with The Allman Brothers Band to form Gov't Mule in 1994.[2]

Abts has also played in the Pink Floyd tribute band Blue Floyd which was known for its blues versions of Pink Floyd songs,[3] and with bassist Jorgen Carlsson in Planet of the Abts, a 2011 offshoot of Gov't Mule.[4]


  1. ^ "Matt Abts". Drummerworld. Bernhard Castiglioni. 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2009. 
  2. ^ Daily Freeman (May 29, 2009). "Mountain Jam music festival features Gov’t Mule, Allman Brothers Band". Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Johnson, Dean (January 31, 2000). "As a tribute band, Blue Floyd doesn't need an education". Boston Herald. Retrieved March 28, 2012 (subscription required).
  4. ^ (March 23, 2012). "Planet of the Abts Adds Southeast Shows". Retrieved March 28, 2012.

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