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Butch Trucks talks Allmans, being ‘Superman’

Butch Trucks

From: Daytona Beach News-Journal Online

Published: Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 3:24 p.m.

One might wonder if drummer Butch Trucks is prone to nostalgia when performing classics he made famous with the Allman Brothers Band in a new group that includes his son on lead guitar.

In reality, if it’s going well, he’s not thinking at all.

“Once we start playing, I’m not thinking about anything; I’m playing music,” the gregarious Trucks said by phone from the South of France, where he lives when he’s not at home in his native Jacksonville. “One thing I learned, thanks to (guitarist) Duane Allman, is to quit being introverted, sitting over there into yourself and insecure. Open up and let it go! Once you do that, you can’t think about it too much. You just play.”

Trucks, 68, will play again on Sunday with his Freight Train Band at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach. The lineup features his son, guitarist Vaylor Trucks, as well as bassist Berry Oakley Jr., whose father famously handled that duty with the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle accident in 1972 at age 24.

Although the most famous Trucks relative in musical circles is undoubtedly slide guitarist Derek Trucks, a much younger Vaylor Trucks also made a timeless contribution to the Allman Brothers legacy in 1973.

“He was that cute blonde-headed kid on the Brothers and Sisters album,” the elder Trucks said. “Well, he’s not that cute anymore, but he’s one hell of a guitar player and I always wanted to play with him. Believe me, they both picked up the DNA. They know what they are doing.”


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