Another great one exits

I’m sorry that you felt that you had to leave us, Mr. Butch Trucks. Thanks for all you did and all you left us, and as they said in the old song, if there’s a rock and roll heaven, then man they have a helluva band.

And on that bright and cheery note … have a great weekend everyone!

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YouLibs
YouLibs

Comment from Rook Goldflies, former ABB bassist and currently a member of Dickey Bett's band, Great Southern:


   "A few days ago I heard the Butch Trucks had taken his own life. I couldn’t believe it yet there it was. I’ll never understand. I was fortunate to spend time with Butch while playing bass in his group, the Allman Brothers Band.

Butch once told me…(I paraphrase) – Good time (in music) is important. Better not to rush or drag time in a song. But if you’re going to do it, it’s better to rush. When you drag you just kill all the energy in the song. I use that quote today with groups I play with. But what Butch said wasn’t half as important as to how he played and what I learned from him. In particular the different way to play (and feel) a shuffle. Most drummers play a decent shuffle. Butch was able to change not only swing in a shuffle (moving the third eighth note in the triplet closer to a sixteenth note) but would simultaneously vary the gate time (note length) of the notes. The effect was a dramatic change in feel say behind a vocal (verse)  and a solo that followed.

     I miss playing with a drummer that is that nuanced with a shuffle. And powerful, my god. A freight train is a great description. Solid is an understatement. Yet always musical. Timpani and Bass. TIMPANI and BASS! Brilliant! Exciting! Unique! His whole body played the timpani and it was a dance of technique, song, and rhythm.On the road Butch had a clear head and was frequently the voice of reason in the group. Our conversations back then were really enriching. I was pretty young and green and Butch helped me make sense of the situation I found myself in. 

   His death is really quite saddening but I celebrate the gift he gave me in allowing me to directly experience his huge talent. He will be missed and remembered.

Harvey
Harvey

RIP, Butch, RIP.

omark
omark

If you we’re living in Midtown, in 1969, you met the Allman brothers. It wasn’t hard. You didn’t have to seek them out. They came to you. First, they played free sets in Piedmont Park nearly every Sunday. 2nd you could be hanging out at an ordinary party with your non famous friends, and they’d just show up. With the exception of Greg, who could be a bit of a diva, they were just a bunch of regular dudes. I guess it’s been nearly 50 years since I’ve seen them anywhere but a concert, but I still remember how nice they were.

There are a lot of worthy groups in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I never drank beer with any of them. With one exception.

Back then, it seemed perfectly normal to hang out with the Allman brothers. In retrospect, I can’t believe how lucky I was.

I can say from firsthand experience that Butch Trucks was the funniest Allman brother I ever met. He had a wicked sense of humor. He will be missed very much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jeGDa8LoTI

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

Dang, what a day to be AFT.  An EPA squabble and ABB tribute.

I'll take this opportunity to invite all of you ABB fans to visit our fair city on the banks of the Ocmulgee (bring lots of cash) and visit The Big House Museum.

http://www.thebighousemuseum.com/

Jimboatl
Jimboatl

Completely agree! No classic rock stations in ATL. No Z93, no 96 Rock, and you can't call 'The River' classic rock with all the teeny bopper and 90s bands they play. There's no hope for classic rock devotees in ATL.

I have given up. Listen only to Sirius Classic Vinyl and Classic Rewind, the Greatful Dead channel and the Springsteen channel. .

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@gotalife

Yeah, you gotta stream most everything now.

Some cities have cool radio stations.

ATL is horrible for radio.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

The last time I saw the Allman's was at Chastain. We were close to Barstow on the edge of the desert when the band took the stage.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

If I heard right, this wasn't just among Gregg's very first song compositions after the first 200 he wrote and trashed; it's also still his favorite.

(And the story of how he came to actually pick "Melissa" as the perfect three-syllable name for the otherwise-completed lyrics is kind of hilarious; if I can dig out video of his interview on AXS tv with Dan Rather that I saw the other night, I'll post it here.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5XJDxe7TVY

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

There were a couple years in there when it seemed every other garage band in my circle of acquaintances had at least a third of Live At Fillmore East.

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

"Woke up this morning - had them Statesboro Blues"; and - "Ain't but one way out, babe I don't know, might be your old man; Lord I don't know, it just might be your old man....."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Whipping post?

Raise your hand if you ever made that request at a deliberately inappropriate time.

Come on, don't be shy.

TBS
TBS

Seen the Allman Bros several times as well as Gregg Allman with his own band.  But too young to have seen them in the early days.  Think sky said he was fortunate enough to see them at this show.  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05a5Y3H7SCg

skydog12
skydog12

@TBS


Yep, my friends say I had  real good time too.

TBS
TBS

Can't say I have a favorite Allman Bros tune but this one would be in the running if I had to come up with one.  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnT5yHcjq90




Well, I ain't no saint and you sure as hell ain't no savior
Every other Christmas I would practice good behavior
That was then, this is now, don't ask me to be mister clean
Baby, I don't know how 
Ring my phone 'bout ten more times, we will see,
Find that broke down line and let it be 
Your wasted words will never be heard, go on home baby and watch it on TV