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  posted on 1/28/2017 at 08:22 AM
The passing of Butch Trucks.



A few days ago I heard the Butch Trucks had taken his own life. I couldnít believe it yet there it was. Iíll never understand. I was fortunate to spend time with Butch while playing bass in his group, the Allman Brothers Band.

Butch once told meÖ

(I paraphrase) Ė Good time (in music) is important. Better not to rush or drag time in a song. But if your going to do it, itís 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 wasnít 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 the 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 play 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.

 
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  posted on 1/28/2017 at 08:38 AM
Nice post David. The drum and bass solos on extended versions of Pegasus in 1979 were awesome. Gregg Allman has one posted on his Facebook page.
 
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  posted on 1/28/2017 at 04:28 PM
So sad ! I cannot imagine the ABB without the freight train !
Thank you for posting and to explain what is so special with Butchs way to play drums ...
Underrated player??? (Like you btw ...)

 

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  posted on 1/29/2017 at 02:07 AM
Being an Australian and living most of my life downunder I count myself extremely lucky to have seen the ABB live once in my life. In 1981 I was for a short time in Munich ,Germany when the Toler bros/ David Goldflies edition of the ABB made one of the ABB's rare live appearances outside the US. It was at the Cirkus Krone which is a big indoor amphitheater dating from the early 1900's. Fortunately on this night there was an open area dancefloor type in front of the stage where you could stand and get really close to the stage to see the band up close. ( All except Gregg that is, who seemed to be hiding behind his B3 and his hair . )
Since first coming to this site in 2004 I have learned that its a generally held view from many fans ( now pls. correct me if I'm mistaken ) that this period of the band's evolution was not exactly a high point.
Owing to this experience I have always been of the opinion that this attitude is misguided. The ABB powered and now, 36 years later , images and memories of the sound that night are still very strong in my memory. I saw a lot of concerts that year and most have largely vanished from my memory. However I can still recall the music from that night was so very special. The venue was only about 2/3 full however every member was sweating and working hard . Songs were going on for 20 minutes with Dickey ( I remember ) after grimacing with effort after an intense solo giving signals to Dan Toler to take it into the next phase. Butch, Frankie Toler and David Goldflies were laying down that freight train rhythm. I recall thinking " this is what the Count Basie Orchestra must have sounded like in full flight.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2017 at 02:18 AM
gerry peach { " under rated player ???- like you btw }

I do agree with this appraisal. Being a novice bass player myself I always study the bass player in a good band and tend to observe them more than the other members. Seeing players mr. Goldflies is one of the many reasons I sold my bass because he was doing stuff I knew I could never grasp !

 

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  posted on 1/29/2017 at 11:56 AM
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Being a German, I also count myself extremely lucky to see them in Germany in 1980 (and not 1981). It was "the" concert of my life which changed a lot of things.

I have heard about the reunion of the band end of February sleeping in a sleeping bag in my small car in a cold winter night in Lausanne, listening to a French radio station. I travelled for about ten or eleven weeks in the US and Mexico in summer 1980 always looking for a possibility to see the Allman brothers.... But no sight of it. When I came back to Germany, I saw a poster when passing by with a local bus, and I feared that I had missed the boat. Fortunately, the band came about two weeks later to Germany. My sister and myself waited outside the venue, my sister went to the rest room in the near-by Holiday Inne, and she came back excited - "I have seen the band sitting in the bar of the hotel...". We went to see them and I have autographs from some band members, including Butch, Gregg, Jaimoe, and Dickey and his then-wife Paulette (who I recognised from an DBGS record sleeve).

The show opened with the British "Blues Band" - I thought it would be difficult to top this. But - the ABB where even much better than I had hoped. They played almost three hours, harp and guitar players from the Blues Band joined for the long encore. I also do not understand why this version of the band was not considered as a high point. Also, since Dan Toler contributed significantly to the later Gregg Allman Band.

The ABB came back to Germany in 1991. I saw them in Cologne, the Baden-Baden show was on the German TV (you can find it on youtube). And I was lucky to see them in the US 22 years later, on the occasion of a busines trip.

Meanwhile, I was lucky to catch DBGS three-times in Germany in 2008 (Rockpalast DVD available) and twice in 2012. Andy Aledort invited me backstage to two shows in Germany, and I have now also an autograph of Paulette's and Dickey' son Duane.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2017 at 01:23 PM
Fellow bassist and fan dincePiedmont Park Atlanta.
You were fortunate to have performed with ABB.
RIP Butch Trucks and blessings of peace and comfort to his family

 

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  posted on 1/29/2017 at 04:11 PM
Shorty ,
What a great story ! You actually got to meet the band !
Yes it must have been 1980. I was in Munich (and Augsburg ) from July 1980 till December 1981. I must have seen the ABB in those first months of arriving. My memory gets foggy about the sequence of events but I will never forget that concert.
Yes it was very long and they worked very hard as you describe. I did not want it to end. I can still hear those drums and guitars and how nimble the bass had to be to keep up to this high standard. Its a nice feeling that someone else on this board remembers that tour so very well.
There is a recording of that European tour in circulation.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2017 at 10:00 PM
Great insight, Thanx David, Rock on.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2017 at 12:50 PM
Thank you Rook. Love the bass solo that is included with the Bass>Drums video Gregg posted this week. Thanks for sharing your memories.

 

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  posted on 2/8/2017 at 10:56 AM
@midgnightvwdriver

I am getting old.... I forgot the reason why I posted "my" brief story.

I ran into another German fan after the show. He told us that he didn't have a ticket but David provided him with a backstage pass. So, this concert showed for me that the band and fans are some kind of family.

 
 


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