Warren Haynes and Allen Woody formed the southern rock jam band Gov't Mule in 1994 as an Allman Brothers Band side project. After the death of bassist Allen Woody in 2000, Gov't Mule considered breaking up. Instead, remaining members Warren Haynes and Matt Abts recorded several songs with bass players admired by Woody. The Deep End Volume 1, originally issued in 2001, was the first album of material released from these sessions. It features loads of guest appearances. The bass parts are played by legends like Jack Bruce, Bootsy Collins, John Entwistle, Flea, Roger Glover & Larry Graham. Other guests are Gregg Allman, Jerry Cantrell, John Scofield & Bernie Worrell.