Bass Player had a chat with Gov't Mule's Jorgen Carlsson. On landing the gig:
A mutual friend of [frontman] Warren Haynes gave him my name. At the first song on the audition, “Blind Man in the Dark,” I hit my Boss Hyper Distortion pedal because the amp sounded kind of dead. Warren said, “As far as I’m concerned, you can leave that on the whole time.” I knew I was off to a good start. I probably got the gig partly because I sound like Woody without even knowing it. When I started listening the kind of 16th-note pick playing he did, I knew it was right up my alley, but I also realized I had some development work to do.