BUTCH TRUCKS R.I.P. 1947-2017
American drummer Butch Trucks was one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. He would have been 70 in May.
The following was posted at forums.stevehoffman.tv on January 25, 2017: “According to two of the band’s roadies, Butch Trucks passed away last night. The family’s in shock and the announcement should happen with in the next couple of hours. I’m in a few different FB ABB related pages and groups, and the news broke last night but then it was hushed so people could be notified in person etc. I’m devastated, could barely sleep after first finding out last night, I went to bed praying it’s a hoax, but it would have come out by now that it was, so expect news to officially break soon. Saw him with Les Brers two years ago, he was as solid as ever. R.I.P.”
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THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
A&R Studios 1971 [Gold Standard]
Live at A&R Studios, New York, August 26, 1971 and broadcast on WPLJ-FM. A stereo FM broadcast.
We were reminded of this great show from the old European bootleg label, Gold Standard, when a fan shared his on the net earlier this month. It’s a killer show from the Allmans, at the peak of their career.
They had recorded their seminal live album, At Fillmore East, in March 1971, and continued to tour relentlessly. In July, At Fillmore East was released to critical acclaim. It was back on the road again to promote that album. One important stop was at New York’s A&R Studios. The show was broadcast live on FM.
This show was broadcast two weeks after the death of King Curtis. This article from Hittin’ The Note by Tim Hoover details Curtis’ influence on Duane Allman.
During the broadcast, Duane pauses to reflect on his fallen friend: “About King Curtis - that was one of the finest cats there ever was. He was just right on top of getting next to young people, you know? It’s a shame. If y’all get the chance, listen to that album he made out at Fillmore West… Boy, it’s incredible, it’s unbelievable, the power and the emotional stature the man had. He’s an incredible human being.
“At the funeral, boy, Aretha sang and Stevie Wonder played… they played ‘Soul Serenade.’ Duane breaks off into the melody of Curtis’ signature song, and a few in the audience respond with polite applause of recognition.
“Y’all probably a little bit young. It’s fantastic. We’ll do some of that… yeah, I know where we’ll do it…”
“Duane and the band jump into the intro for ‘You Don’t Love Me.’ A little over eight minutes into the song, Duane slows the band, reaching an achingly slow transitional phase, gradually leading everyone into his own version of ‘Soul Serenade’. When Duane plays the melody of the song again, the audience immediately begins clapping along to the sweet melodic tune. Suddenly, Duane jumps in and absolutely cuts the melody to shreds with one of the most moving, heart-felt solos you will ever hear, taking it right up into the stratosphere. Mirroring his words for Curtis, the ‘power and emotional stature’ of Duane’s own very personal and passionate eulogy for his lost friend is delivered as only he can do it - powerfully, lovingly, and gracefully.
Tragically, the Allman Brothers Band lost their founder and leader when Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon on October 29, just two months after this show.
Allman’s influences were varied as they were all-encompassing. You can hear it in his playing, spacious, inventive, intense and always entertaining. Although he was a virtuoso musician, he was also a team player and his interplay with Dickey Betts was complex and masterful. At this point, the Allmans had a superb rhythm section of Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Johanson.
Back then, a broad outlook was important. Nobody liked being typecast or placed in boxes. The music had to be interesting. It’s almost four decades since Duane passed on, so this one’s in his memory. Share the music.
- The Little Chicken
These tracks are no longer available for download as they have been officially released.Track 01. Intro
Track 02. Statesboro Blues
Track 03. Trouble No More
Track 04. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Track 05. Done Somebody Wrong
Track 06. One Way Out
Track 07. Tuning
Track 08. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed
Track 09. Stormy Monday
Track 10. You Don’t Love Me > Soul Serenade (In Memory of King Curtis) > You Don’t Love Me
Track 11. Hot ‘Lanta
Duane Allman - slide guitar and lead guitar
Gregg Allman - vocals, organ
Dickey Betts - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals
Berry Oakle - bass
Butch Trucks - drums
Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson - drums
The Allmans have their own label where they release music from their archives. Their appearance nine days before the New York show is on sale at their site. This show was at the Boston Common on August 17. Click on the link to order Allman Brothers Band releases.