Even though Plant of the Abts sounds like a Sci Fi film, it’s actually a band featuring Gov’t Mule’s Matt Abts (drums, percussion, lead and background vocals) and Jorgen Carlsson (bass, guitar, percussion, tamborine and background vocals).
Though Planet of the Abts is blues, southern rock and jam in style, it’s an international band in practice. Abts went to high school in Panama before moving to the U.S. here he played drums for Dickey Betts. It was in the Dickey Betts Band that Abts met Warren Haynes with whom he later formed Gov’t Mule.
Carlsson was born in Sweden (as was guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist T-Bone Andersson) and moved to L.A. in the ‘90s. After working as a session musician he took over on bass in Gov’t Mule after founding bassist Allen Woody passed away.
According to Planet of the Abts’ bio, the band “is obviously the result of some sort of crazy experiment: the two now share a common brain, doling out a monstrous sound gumbo of bass/drums/bassdrumsbassdrums that moves as one.”
Xpress will give away a pair of tickets on Wednesday in the noon hour here.