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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 01:03 AM
Butch Trucks: Beacon Bound
Mike Greenhaus
2007-02-20

http://www.jambands.com/Features/content_2007_02_20.11.phtml


In layman’s terms Butch Trucks is a busy man. Besides steering the group he co-founded almost forty years ago, the Allman Brothers Band drummer has spent the past four years developing a live music project known as Moogis and, even, finds time to maintain a level 70 Human Paladin at The World of Warcraft. With the Allman Brothers Band’s annual Beacon Theater residency around the bend, Trucks gives Jambands.com the scoop on the group’s latest batch of songs, favorite guests and his Wikipedia page.

MG- You’ve spent the last few years working on a live music internet project, Moogis. Do you still plan to launch Moogis in time for the Allman Brothers Band’s Beacon run?

BT- We were hoping that we could get the webcast of the Allman Brothers going as a kind of proof of concept ‘cause that is what this is going to be: live music on the internet. And, I think, that few people would ague that the internet is where entertainment is headed. I’ve been working on this thing for about four years now and, I think, I’m lucky that I didn’t get it done when I first came up with the idea because the technology didn’t exist. There wasn’t enough bandwidth, so the quality would not have been good enough. But, now, basically if you have DSL we can send out a signal that will give you absolutely a full 9 x 6 wide screen. It’ll probably be another year before high definition, but right now it’s as good as watching television. But, unfortunately, I don’t think we will be ready by the Beacon.

MG- What is the current status of the project?

BT- I’ve been working on getting together an investment package to do the whole Moogis project which is going to be relatively expensive. We’re going into 6 different clubs and wiring them up with 5 cameras, video equipment, full 24 track audio, and basically when it’s over and done with all of these bands can have their CD, DVD, whatever they want to do with it. We’re ‘gonna record all 5 cameras to hard drives so you can go back and remix and make a DVD if you want to, re-edit, and then we’ll have 24 track audio and they can remix if they want to and make a CD out of it, and most of these bands could never afford to do any of this. We’re doing things backwards: in the old days, when we signed a record deal, we paid for everything and the record company owned it all. Well, we’re turning it around and we’re paying for everything and the bands are gonna own it all. All we want from the band is a limited license to be able to stream the concert we do over the internet, so, like I said, we’re going to wire 6 clubs, from smaller clubs, we’ve already wired Starr Hill, and the Charlotte Center, and we got that one up way back when, and luckily that financing fell apart and we didn’t keep going, but that equipment is still there. Starr Hill is a smaller place and we have other places like the Georgia Theatre in Athens, which is more like 2,000 people and there is a Theatre in Flagstaff, then another place in Denver, and basically what it is if that you pay a monthly subscription fee---which is about the cost of seeing one movie---and you can go online every single night and see a concert.

Then we’ll also have a mobile unit which we were ‘gonna put together for the Beacon, that we could take around and do with bands like the Allman Brothers and Dave Matthews and Widespread and bands that don’t play these clubs. And a couple of times a month we’ll have concerts at some of the bigger venues. Then also I’m gonna send camera crews out to do documentaries of all these bands, interviews with the bands, and videos of every damn musician out there. The key element is it’s going to be all about music and it’s going to be aimed specifically at jambands. That’s what Moogis is and if Moogis is successful our plan is to build other platforms and sites with other types of music like jazz, country, or whatever. I am really a computer geek. I go back to before Windows. I bought a little 240 XL and just plugged everything up and threw away all the books and spent hours and hours talking to tech getting the thing to work. I spend a great deal of time on the computer.

MG- How has your love of the internet influenced the Allman Brothers Band musically?

BT- Actually, for a long time, I would go onto the Allman Brothers Band’s website and there was a forum with my name on it and I would answer questions and I got a nice dialogue going with a lot of the fans. And it really helped a lot 6 or 7 years ago when we’d do the same set every night on the whole tour. These kids go to a lot of shows and it was through me going on to the internet and listening to them that I started getting a lot of feedback about changing up the setlist. People would say things, for instance, like “Why not change the set up, or at least the order in which you play the songs, it gets a little boring, it’s a drag when you know exactly what’s going to be next.” We had a problem with one of the musicians who really had a hard time retaining songs unless he played them over and over, but we don’t have that problem anymore. So, now, we have between 60 and 80 songs in our repertoire that we could pull out. This group that we have right now hasn’t haven’t played since September, but we could get up on stage tomorrow night and play every damn song we now and not make a single mistake.

MG- With such a large canon how does the band go about rehearsing for the Beacon run?

BT- Most of songs we don’t have to rehearse. We know the songs. We don’t have to rehearse them. We don’t have to rehearse “Statesborough Blues” or “Whipping Post.” I would say 70% of the songs we play, we don’t rehearse, we just know them so well. What we’re gonna do is get together next week for about 6 days and work up some new material. I hope that I heard correctly that Warren [Haynes] and Greg [Allman] are getting together and writing some new songs. And I talked to Oteil [Burbridge] the other day and he said he’s got a couple of new instrumentals ready to go. And we’ve been having a lot of fun coming up with off the wall covers. We really got crazy with that Layla album. I think we played every song off that album. It started with a friend of mine saying, “You guys should do Layla,” and my first reaction was “No way,” then I got to thinking, “You know…” Because at the time Eric [Clapton] wasn’t even playing and I remember Duane saying that back when he couldn’t play with the Dominos that they weren’t even playing “Layla,” because Eric couldn’t sing and play the guitar lick at the same time. So, I was thinking, we’re probably the only band in the world that can play the **** ing thing. And the fact that Duane contributed so much to the song made it make even more sense. And I mentioned it to everybody else and they had the same initial reaction. Then, little by little, they started to say, “that’s not a bad idea.” So we did it and it worked and we were looking for another song for Oteil to sing, and he came up with “Anyday.” He sings the **** out of that one. There are a couple others, we’re doing like, “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?”

MG- Do you have any new covers in the works for this year?

BT- Now, I have an idea for this year and it is way out there. We’ve been really liking playing this progressive jazz stuff and we’re getting away from that damn country stuff that we were doing and getting back to the blues and jazz which is what we were all about. When we started the band it was that combination of blues-based jazz improvisation that made us original, and that I’m so damn proud of. We did something that no one had done before, and I’m quite proud of it. And, I’m very glad to be getting back to it. I’ve got an idea for a Miles Davis song this year. I’m hoping that I can get everyone to go along with it. My idea is this: we normally come out and we start the first song of the first night with something really bombastic, but I thought it would be a really cool idea to come out with something incredibly mellow. This track doesn’t even have any drums on it in the beginning, just nothing but guitars. It’s real smooth and real mellow to start it off---set everything up and get everything really smooth and then kick in with the next song and I think it’d be much more powerful. But, we’ll see, it’s just an idea.

MG- One of the most surprisingly guests to emerge at the Beacon last year was Roy Haynes. Can you talk about that collaboration?

BT- He had a **** ing ball. He had never been to a rock show in his life. He was expecting three-chords and he was sitting there, listening to us play, and he said, “God damn, these guys can play,” and then he started getting nervous, and then he came out and I just got up off my drums, and said, “it’s all yours.” I wasn’t about to try to play with Roy. Ain’t no way I could keep up with him! I just got off and we just told him to start playing. So, he just played for a while and then we started that “Afro Blue” song and it just blew the place apart and he had a ball. And, I guarantee that he’ll be back this year. What I love about the Beacon is that probably every single night it’s gonna be someone else.

MG- How did last year’s Beacon run compare with your previous residencies?

BT- I’ll also say that I have never been through an experience like last year. You play a group of shows and, normally, out of 10 or 12 shows maybe 3 or 4 click and just really hit the note---everybody is right there. And the rest of them are good, and you can’t just really nail it. Last year we had 15 in a row, I’m talking every single one of them. For instance, one night we started with “Mountain Jam.” It was in such a powerful pocket that I was just playing my body was just doing it and I wasn’t thinking at all. And it was just right in the pocket. We finished a song, and I cut off the timpani and I just broke down and started crying, it was so powerful. And, I sat down my drum, with tears running down my cheeks, and I looked up at Marc [Quinones] and said, “Now what the **** do we do?” It was the first song of the night. And he said, “I guess we go home.” And it was like that all 15 shows. Every single night was just, just hitting the note. I’ve never ever had a musical experience like that in my life.

The fact of the matter is the way things are it is very, very seldom that you can get a bunch of shows in a row that click. No matter what you do, if you’re a painter, you can’t go in every day and paint and really get it no matter what you do. Some days it just comes easy and you don’t have to try, and other days you can’t hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle, and it’s just human nature. I don’t expect to do 15 shows in a row like last year, but who knows, it would be nice. Last year I was almost scared to get onstage because I thought we wouldn’t be able to do it again.

MG- A number of musicians and critics cited the Slip’s Eisenhower as among 2006’s best releases. You were an early support of the Slip and even released the group’s album Does on your Flying Frog records. How did you first find them?

BT- I first time I heard them I said, “that is the first band it have to sign right there.” Dean [Budnick] was doing the Jambands.com tour and I grabbed Oteil and we hit the road and got to know those Jambands very, very well. There were a few bands like the Slip and Schleigho that popped right out. We signed them and did quite well with them. We didn’t go into a recording studio with those bands. We said, “let us buy your recording equipment” because with today’s technology there is no need for a studio.

We also signed Deep Banana Blackout which at the time was a little bigger and drawing more people. But, for whatever reason, Deep Banana wouldn’t do it without a studio. So, I put them with Tom Dowd and the expenses were higher than I would have liked, but we did OK with them. But, eventually, I realized that the day of the old record company model is gone. I was going to shut the entire thing down and quit wasting my money. But, then, I got to thinking that records may not be selling, but the demand for music isn’t going away and it dawned on me that everything is heading to the internet and I started going to work on Moogis.

MG- Speaking of the internet have you visited your Wikipedia page?

BT- Oh, yeah, I have actually [laughs]. I’m actually, running around with my Warcraft Paladin right now killing aliens. So if you read the Wikipedia where is says I like The Word of Warcraft game that is true. But it says I play at a level 60 Human Paladin, and I am actually up to 70 now [laughs]. It is something to when you are on the road. One of the toughest things to do is figure out what to do all day on the road [laughs]. That’s why I think there are so many drunks and drug addicts. It is tough if you don’t like soap operas or unless you like to **** a whole lot [laughs]. But, I can’t stand watching television, so I will pass away hours at a time playing this incredibly engrossing online games. But when Moogis is up and running I will have other things to do [laughs].

MG- You have recently been suffering from some health problems. How are you feeling?

BT- My knee has decided that it doesn’t like me anymore, so I’m going to have what they call a “minimally invasive knee replacement.” Luckily it doesn’t hurt when I play, just when I walk---it’s the arthritis. I’ve just wore the damn thing out, just pounding it. So, I was on the phone with the doctor’s office there’s a guy in Chicago who does this new technique and they say within a month you are absolutely perfect, so I’m gonna go ahead and do it this summer.

MG- I heard that Patti Smith is working on an Allman Brothers cover for her new album. Do you have any information on that?

BT- She is doing “Midnight Rider.” I got an e-mail about that the other day. She is doing a whole bunch of cover on her next album and chose “Midnight Rider” which should be cool.

MG- Finally, what is all this about you hanging out with artist R. Crumb in France?

BT- Well, my wife and I just bought a house in the south of France in an area called the Languedoc. It is way out in the country and the cloest village is this medieval sort of village. You have to drive 15 or 20 minutes to get to a grocery story. We are right in this little valley full of wine, grapes, and vineyards. The house actually has this roman cornerstone from at least seventh century. There are literally areas of this house no one has been in for literally over a 100 years. So, we are going to go in and completely renovate it. We are very near this village where Art and his wife live.

It is a very unique place and the people are just wonderful. It is the kind of place where people still have ethics. You can still make a deal on a handshake. People work hard and do the best job they can. I haven’t seen too many places like that left in this world. It is also well above sea level and I am a little bit concerned that my house in Palm Beach, FL will be underwater in the next decade. There are so many flashpoints in this country that if any one went off it would be riots in the streets. These fools we have running this damm country---how this guy hasn’t been impeached 15 times over is beyond my comprehension.

Like Butch Trucks, senior editor Mike Greenhaus also really, really likes the internet. Visit his blog or download his podcast if you are not playing Warcraft.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 05:19 AM
we’re getting away from that damn country stuff

LMAO, well said Butch

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 05:45 AM
MILES!!!!!! Yes!

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 07:14 AM
We had a problem with one of the musicians who really had a hard time retaining songs unless he played them over and over, but we don’t have that problem anymore.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 07:30 AM
I'm no fan of country music in the modern age, but old country is very good. I understand where Butch is coming from with his country comment, but I bet he sure liked the money the band made off of songs like Ramblin Man and Jessica!!! Not to mention Blue Sky, which, in my opinion, is THE BEST ABB song!! The studio version, or especially the live version the original band played.... If you don't love that sh!t, you don't like music.

I hope those still living with the dream that Dickey is coming back to the ABB paid attention to that article... If Butch's comments say anything, they say Dickey is LOOOONG TIME GONE!!!

All that being said, a return to blues and jazz is very welcomed!!! And a Miles song... I think it is pretty obvious that I'm not opposed to that


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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 07:42 AM
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we’re getting away from that damn country stuff

LMAO, well said Butch


agreed,1,000 times over.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 07:59 AM
Thanks for posting this Angela! I very much enjoyed your article you posted about Mule on Jambands too!

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 08:09 AM
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What we’re gonna do is get together next week for about 6 days and work up some new material. I hope that I heard correctly that Warren [Haynes] and Gregg [Allman] are getting together and writing some new songs. And I talked to Oteil [Burbridge] the other day and he said he’s got a couple of new instrumentals ready to go.



I hope I'm hearin' this correctly too!!!!

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 08:51 AM
Oh boy. Yeah, those 4 minute guitar solo's off of Ramblin' Man, Blue Sky, and Southbound are really country. Give me a break. Just like Nobody Left To Run With, Jessica etc. What a crock of shi*!! Another slap at Dickey. Actually, several slaps at Dickey. You know, the guy that was in on 90% of the guitar work on all of the Allman Brothers material. It's cool that they are doing some jazzy stuff. Isn't Liz Reed jazzy? Who wrote that? Butch throwing more jabs at Dickey. Typical. Too bad that they have to continue to use his songs to pull off a half way decent show. Woman Accross the River, oh boy. Some of you never cease to amaze me.
 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 09:01 AM
thanks for posting!!

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 09:07 AM
Terry is 100% dead-on the money here.

They all seem to forget that "that damned country crap" DEFINED their sound for almost 30 years; that, without Dickey, Butch would no longer have a career.

After all, without Dickey, there would have been no Allmans after '72. Gregg couldn't write enough music or front the band, and it would have fizzled. In that mix, Butch would have just been some washed out drummer from a distant era.

It was DICKEY who wrote all the music for both Allmans comebacks ('79 and '90), and much of it was country-tinged. And Butch never said a word about it then. Now, suddenly, it's "crap?"

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 09:12 AM
I just wish he would let it die. It's been 7 years now. Dickey doesn't bring it up or constantly slam his old bandmates/so called brothers. He's moved on now why don't you. But noooo, Butch never lets it die. Go on Butch, kick that dead horse.
 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 09:13 AM
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Oh boy. Yeah, those 4 minute guitar solo's off of Ramblin' Man, Blue Sky, and Southbound are really country. Give me a break. Just like Nobody Left To Run With, Jessica etc. What a crock of shi*!! Another slap at Dickey. Actually, several slaps at Dickey. You know, the guy that was in on 90% of the guitar work on all of the Allman Brothers material. It's cool that they are doing some jazzy stuff. Isn't Liz Reed jazzy? Who wrote that? Butch throwing more jabs at Dickey. Typical. Too bad that they have to continue to use his songs to pull off a half way decent show. Woman Accross the River, oh boy. Some of you never cease to amaze me.



Thank You for expressing this TennKev... I just couldn't find the words...without the anger ...
I have continued to remain faithful to both of these groups ABB and DBGS...
Butch has continually disappointed me in his immature approach to a very touchy subject... I respect him as a powerful musician... but he really should try and say NOTHING against one of his former members.. I choose not to say brothers regarding the Butch and Dickey thingy..... Butch should really let this go, I as a fan find it unnecessary to make hidden remarks we all know what you mean... less is more.... he sounds a Bit bitter and angry... to bad... because if I ever had to choose between the two groups ... it's DB hands down.... for some one who is difficult, set in their ways, argumentative, bully, DB certainly comes off much better when being interviewed than Butch.... DB at least has class in his thoughtful answers.....
I'm not liking you to much today there Mr. Butch.....

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 09:45 AM
lol.

You know, Butch does have the right to say what he wants about it. Obviously, he has ill feelings towards Dickey, & our current President.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 09:50 AM
He has every right to say that. It just seems a little childish that he brings it up. He must really hate Dickey.

Also, I scratch my head when I think of HBTL. How did that work at all??????

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 10:09 AM
Oh no doubt about it. Taking some of the interviews into context, it seems like he hates his guts. But we need to wonder what kind of questions the interviewer(s) are asking them in the first place. Before we say who or what has "actually "moved on", I'm willing to BET that if any of them were given a public podium to say how they REALLY felt, they would say it.

Re: writing credits with this band, it seems like the only two that made out were GA & DB. Similar to The Band & Robbie Robertson, I highly doubt the other members of the ABB didn't contribute to the original songs.

From hearing BO's contributions to "Whipping Post", shouldn't he have gotten some form of writing credit?

It's a nasty business.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 10:11 AM
Great interview! ... and some very articulate and interesting thoughts from Butch on a variety of topics. I always love his his candidness and intellect - very refreshing. When I read stuff like this it makes me even more proud to be a fan of this incredible band and to know that we have real people like Butch running the show...and even after 37 years the immediate future still looks bright. To hear him say that he actually cried after a KILLER "Mountain Jam" because he was blown away with emotion is about all I need to know about what's in the hearts and souls of these players. Butch opened up about a lot of things and I Like what I read.

You guys that are still stuck in the Dickey firing decision are certainly welcome to your opinions but that ship sailed long ago and it's a done deal. The interview will of course stir some emotions but it is clear to me that this is the direction the band NEEDED to go or the "road" would have been over in the Spring of 2000. There is nothing wrong with Butch telling it like it is - he didn't mention Dickey's name - he just said "one of the musicians" and did not elaborate at all. I am also one of the many who are glad the country sound is gone and Jazz, Blues and improvisational music are now front and center again - the way it was meant to be. If you guys that dig the country stuff need your Dickey fix, you always have Great Southern and you can listen to the basically same setlist over and over again that he has been playing for the past 5 years. If that is the type of thing that floats your boat, good for you, nothing wrong with that. I happen love more imagination and improvisation and sponaniety and taking chances every single show. That's what the foundation of this great band was built on and we are lucky we still get to see a legendary group of musicians still at the top of their game. The current lineup is pure magic in every sense of the word...

Thank you Butch for all you do and all you've done to keep flame burning bright!


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I’ve got an idea for a Miles Davis song this year. I’m hoping that I can get everyone to go along with it. My idea is this: we normally come out and we start the first song of the first night with something really bombastic, but I thought it would be a really cool idea to come out with something incredibly mellow. This track doesn’t even have any drums on it in the beginning, just nothing but guitars. It’s real smooth and real mellow to start it off---set everything up and get everything really smooth and then kick in with the next song and I think it’d be much more powerful. But, we’ll see, it’s just an idea.


...a Miles Davis song in the works!...Hell yeah, bring it on! I wonder if it's "In A Silent Way" ???...kind of sounds like it could be when he said "it has a smoothe and mellow beginning".... That would kick ass!







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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 10:18 AM
i love the brothers. i really dig butch trucks. but i agree with those who are saying that butch should let the dickey thing go. why did a topic on moogis, FFR and the beacon run have to include commenting on dickey? why is it that gregg and butch continue to slam dickey? it's going on seven years now since they played together. they're just now getting over the "country thing?"

couple of questions: where is butch trucks today if not for "brothers and sisters" and the songs that dickey contributed to that album? is he investing in Moogis and buying estates in France?

is there an ABB today if dickey wasn't apart of the reunion and rebirth of the band in the late eighties through the nineties?

is warren haynes ever apart of the group without dickey?

can anyone pull up through the setlist database a time when the ABB played two shows back to back with the same setlist? if i recall correctly, they played similar setlists on every third night during the late 90s.

did derek trucks just defend eric clapton's group by saying that playing the same set every night allows the band to really dig into a song? didnt duane allman insist on a simliar set list every show for the same reason?

lastly, if you're really sick and tired of dickey, stop playing southbound, jessica, liz reed and the others.

unless there is true forgiveness amongst these guys, this ill-will will continue for years. doesn't do anyone any good.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 10:20 AM
Your right... when I go see the ABB... what I actually get to see is Derek Trucks Band with Lead singer Gregg Allman... with some Old ABB tunes and alot more cover songs... it's fun thou- at least I know what I am paying for....

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 10:28 AM
Thanks, Ang. Gotta love Butch's bluntness.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 10:55 AM
Well, isn't this thread the shiznit? A bunch of opinions flying around here.....**ducks** to avoid another flying invective.... Here's what I have to say:
"I understand where Butch is coming from with his country comment, but I bet he sure liked the money the band made off of songs like Ramblin Man and Jessica!!! Not to mention Blue Sky,"
That's the first thing I thought of when he made the "country crap" comment. Im no fan of country music as a whole, but the country "tinge" that DB brought to the table was paramount in the ABB greatest commercial successes.
"I just wish he would let it die" - I do too, but the man has the right to say what he feels - God Bless America! It just seems that a bunch of guys at sixty (or approaching it) ought to be able to let sleeping dogs lie.
"I have continued to remain faithful to both of these groups ABB and DBGS"
I have too. I saw DBGS a few years back and my wife and I enjoyed the show tremendously - but the ABB rules.
"It just seems a little childish that he brings it up." - I agree, but again, the obvious states that he has the right to do it, but others have the same right to criticize it.
"It's a nasty business." - that it can be.
"To hear him say that he actually cried after a KILLER "Mountain Jam" because he was blown away with emotion is about all I need to know about what's in the hearts and souls of these players." - I loved that part too. Music can make me cry as well - just from the sheer emotion of it. I cried last night after hearing a song by Mark Schulz about a couple who had been married for 60 years, and a Duane bent note can bring a tear to my eye as well.
"lastly, if you're really sick and tired of dickey, stop playing southbound, jessica, liz reed and the others." - ooooh, that hurts - but you have a point.
"... what I actually get to see is Derek Trucks Band with Lead singer Gregg Allman... "
I don't see that at all - but I've never seen the DTB in concert.
"Gotta love Butch's bluntness." - er....I guess

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 11:02 AM
The Derek Trucks Band with Gregg on lead vocals is pretty accurate.

That's not to say that the band isn't great, but it's not really the Allman Brothers Band any longer. There are now more hired guns than original members, and the band can't come up with new material without looking to Warren Haynes, who was Dickey's find.

If not for Warren, there would have been no "HTN." That album isn't Gregg or anyone else - it's Warren.

But, please... by all means, dump on...

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 11:02 AM
I don't think that country is what he is talking about.

He is talking about the mid to late 90's with Steady Rolling Man etc.

Everyone knows Dickey was the reason for the Steady set lists and that they are much more creative without him because they are a better TEAM they communicate and have fun.

With Butch's thoughts on our President, he can not get to France quick enough.

 

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You guys that are still stuck in the Dickey firing decision are certainly welcome to your opinions but that ship sailed long ago and it's a done deal. The interview will of course stir some emotions but it is clear to me that this is the direction the band NEEDED to go or the "road" would have been over in the Spring of 2000. There is nothing wrong with Butch telling it like it is - he didn't mention Dickey's name - he just said "one of the musicians" and did not elaborate at all. I am also one of the many who are glad the country sound is gone and Jazz, Blues and improvisational music are now front and center again - the way it was meant to be. If you guys that dig the country stuff need your Dickey fix, you always have Great Southern and you can listen to the basically same setlist over and over again that he has been playing for the past 5 years. If that is the type of thing that floats your boat, good for you, nothing wrong with that. I happen love more imagination and improvisation and sponaniety and taking chances every single show. That's what the foundation of this great band was built on and we are lucky we still get to see a legendary group of musicians still at the top of their game. The current lineup is pure magic in every sense of the word...
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1. The only one stuck on the Dickey firing thing is Butch.
2 The direction the band needed to go is "YOUR" opinion, not mine.
3. He didn't mention Dickey's name, but we all know who he is talking about. Typical.
4. Glad the country sound is gone. Once again, that solo off of Ramblin Man is really country. NOT!!! He may have country influences, but Dickey's show's are Faaaaaaar from being country. What the heck do you call Elizabeth Reed, Jessica, Les Brers, True Gravity, bluegrass?
5. Dickey Betts fix. Yep, I usually get my Betts fix twice a year, thank you.
5. Imagination, taking chances. Look at the setlists when Duane was in the band. They all look a lot alike and with the talent those guy's had, they could have played anything.
6. Pure magic. Your opinion once again. I find the set lists a lot less appealing now than back in the day. Oh, it's still good, but I and many others don't think it's better. Far from it, as a matter of fact.

I've stated before and I'll state it again. I hope he never goes back to the Allman Brothers. I've also stated before that I support both bands, but I agree w/ Rainy as to who I prefer.

Yes, Butch has the right to say whatever the heck he wants, but so do we all and some find his comments juvenile w/ regards to his continuous attacks against Dickey who was his meal ticket for sooooooo many years. Pityful!!!

 

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  posted on 2/21/2007 at 11:07 AM
LOL this is getting way out of hand ,no comment on anything except butch ole Hoss you seem a bit parinoid about living in the USA?? whats up with that? and of all places to be why France ? in a pinch they would be the first nation to surrender to any body.....great interview..i agree with something but not others..

 

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