Monday, February 13, 2017

BUTCH TRUCKS: A True American Treasure

BUTCH TRUCKS
A True American Treasure
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Rock and blues, jazz and R&B,
folk and country — the music
created by Butch Trucks knew
few boundaries. And his legacy
will endure for years to come.
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As a tweenage pop / rock junkie growing up in Missouri's Ozark Mountains during the early '70s, I got my first Allman Brothers Band fix via such radio-friendly singles as "Melissa," "Ramblin' Man" and "Jessica." But by the late '70s, I'd been introduced to and hooked by such down and dirty album tracks as "Stormy Monday," "Trouble No More" and "Jelly Jelly."

An aspiring teenage musician at the time, I was inspired particularly by the versatile drum work of Butch Trucks. In fact, I'd argue that Trucks' signature-style pressed snare / tom fill / kick drum combo was every bit as key to the iconic ABB sound as any of the band's other more acknowledged ingredients. And to this day, the dual drum / percussion work between Trucks and Jaimoe on such heart-stoppers as "You Don't Love Me," (At Fillmore East) and "Pegasus" (Enlightened Rogues) remains magical.

Ruled as a suicide, Trucks tragic death at age 69 on January 24th came as a shock to fans, as well to music biz insiders who knew him best. In a related interview, co-founding Black Crowes drummer, Steve Gorman, referred to Trucks stylistically as "the eye of the storm — the center of all the swirling magic of The Allman Brothers." Well put, indeed.

-Christopher Long
(February 2017)

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