Butch Trucks Remembered by Allman Brothers Band Alumni, Family and Friends
Butch Trucks was fondly recalled last night as friends and family gathered at the Cox Capitol Theatre in Macon, Ga. Among those on hand for the private event paying tribute to the late drummer were former Allman Brothers Band members Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge and Jaimoe, along with Jimmy Herring and Vaylor Trucks, Butch's son and bandmate in the Freight Train Band.
Haynes, Trucks, Burbridge and Jaimoe spoke at the event, and teamed up with Marc Quinones, Bruce Katz and Duane Trucks for covers of “Statesboro Blues” and “Ain’t Wasting Time No More.” Quinones was a late-period member of the Allman Brothers Band, while Katz was in Les Brers with Trucks. Duane Trucks – who, like Derek, is one of Butch's nephews – is a member of Widespread Panic with Herring.
Vaylor Trucks served as host for the evening. Other members of the elder Trucks' family were also on hand as members of Les Brers performed the Allman Brothers Band favorite "Dreams" with Herring and Jack Pearson, also a onetime member in the Allmans with Trucks. An all-star jam that swelled to include Susan Tedeschi (who co-leads the Tedeschi Trucks Band with Derek Trucks), Peter Levin and Jimmy Hall also performed Albert King's "As the Years Go Passing By." Tedeschi was reportedly playing a gold guitar that once belonged to the late Duane Allman.
A public tribute to Trucks is set for March 1 at American Beauty in New York City. Featured performers there include members of several Allman Brothers Band solo groups, including Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts), Levin (Gregg Allman) and Junior Mack (Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band). The featured act is Big in China Band, which includes Alan Paul, author of One Way Out: The Inside Story of the Allman Brothers Band. "More members of the extended Allman Brothers family" are also expected. Trucks will be honored in April at the Wanee Festival too.
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