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Butch TrucksA Drummer's Life
A little anecdote from the Allman Brothers Band's Butch Trucks tells the tale of a drummer's life. "We were playing North Lake Amphitheatre near Atlanta several years ago. Two offensive linemen that played with the Atlanta Falcons were at the show. They were obviously football players, or if they weren't, they should have been. I introduced myself, and they told me their names. I said. "Yeah, I'm quite familiar with you. We've got a lot in common. " And they looked down at my little shrimp butt and they said, "Well, what do you mean by that?" And I said, "Well, we do all the work and the quarterbacks get all the credit." They laughed their butts off." Trucks keeps his sense of humor about his life in the back of the stage, but seems quite serious when he says, "It's a band, and what we have in this group is a band. And all the elements are necessary."

ButchA No Hassle Approach
At the same time, Trucks' relative anonymity is an easy fit. "I don't worry about it too much. In fact, in a lot of ways, I'm kind of glad because I go out with Gregg and his blond hair and this, and that and the other. He's recognized quite readily and it's difficult for him to get any peace. He can't go outside without getting a lot of hassle. And I get just enough to keep my ego up, and people recognize me and make me feel a little special, but not enough to drive me crazy. So I kind of like that."

Butch Trucks has been creating rhythms with Jaimoe in the Allman Brothers Band for over 30 years. Marc Quinones came aboard in 1991. Trucks says, "We've gotten him to the point where he's sweating. He's changed a lot. He's freed things up a lot because what I'm always looking for is a way to get out, to really get away from what you expect and start doing something different, and the more that's going on, the more I can do that. The toughest thing for me was back when it was the band with just Berry Oakley, me and Jaimoe. Berry was so out, and so was Jaimoe that I was kind of forced into staying at home, something to hold it all together while everybody went to Uranus or wherever they went."

"When Lamar came along, it got a lot better for me because he was much, much more a bass player and I could start getting lost - you know, start trying and experimenting, and if I did get lost I'd just look at Lamar's left foot and find the one and come back on in and act like I knew what I was doing. And everyone would think that it was jazz or something. This is what you can do. The set-up we had with Woody was kind of a cross between the two. I had some of the freedom, but at the same time, I still had to stay back a bit."

"I've worked with a lot of musicians in my life and some of them just happened to be bass players (hard to find animal, almost as hard as musician drummers). THE BEST of 'em is Oteil Burbridge. Oteil has more natural talent than anyone I've ever played with. He is innovative and is always in complete control of what he's doing even when what he is doing is impossible. When it really gets dicey for me is when I head out with Frogwings and he and Quinones get going on one of their convoluted Latin rhythms. All I can do is hold on by the skin of my teeth and turn around and check with Marc every couple of bars to find out where the one is. "

FrogwingsA Frog is Born
Butch has been intimately involved in the business affairs of the ABB for over 30 years. It was at his suggestion the Allman Brothers Band became the first major rock band to have their own web site, Hittin' the Web With the Allman Brothers Band. In 1998, Butch founded a new jam band, along with Derek Trucks, called Frogwings. The people and music Butch encountered on the road with Frogwings became the inspiration for Flying Frog Records. "I see Flying Frog Records as an opportunity for me and other artists who feel as I do to finally have a voice in how our recordings are being presented; to be involved with other artists that have the same passion for music; to get the people who love to listen to and live this kind of music involved with us; the finally have NO REGRETS about how we and our music are being exploited, because we are doing it ourselves, as a family."

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Butch Trucks Honored With Caregiver Award
 
Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2002 - 05:29 AM


By: David Patrick
New York Social Diary

Thursday night October 3 the 18th annual Rita Hayworth Gala was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf in New York City. The story of the inception of this gala is well known. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Miss Hayworth’s daughter by Prince Aly Khan, started this fund-raiser in memory of her famous mother who contracted Alzheimer’s very early in her life – her symptoms although undiagnosed for a long time began to be apparent when she was in her late 30s.

Yasmin and her friends (who call her “Yazzy”) have raised more than $33 million for the Alzheimer’s Association, which since 1982 has given $136 million in research grants for the disease.

This annual gala is one of the glitziest, more glamorous events on the New York social calendar. Each year they feature one of Hayworth’s films as the theme. This year it was the classic Hayworth made under the direction of her then husband (before Aly Khan), Orson Welles – “The Lady From Shanghai.”

This year, under the chairmanship of Andrea Stark, they raised more than $1.4 million for the cause. Corporate chair was Paulo Costa, President and CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Muffie Potter Aston was Corporate Sponsor Chair. Deborah Norville was emcee. Donna Dixon Aykroyd, Claudia Cohen and Susan Hess were auction co-chairs. Della Rounick was Journal Chair and Milly, Baronne de Cabrol was the Gift Bag Chair. These people, mainly women, have created one of the most dynamic philanthropic events in New York.

This year they honored Margo Catsimatidis and Butch Trucks, the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band. Mrs. Catsimatidis was the chair of the 1998 Gala and has been a vital force of the Rita Hayworth Gala since joining the Steering Committee in 1992. Claude “Butch” Trucks Jr. was given a special Caregiver Award. Trucks has been creating rhythms for the legendary band for more than thirty years.

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Allman Brothers Band's Rocking Spirit Lives On
 
Posted on Monday, August 19, 2002 - 08:29 PM
By: Alexa James
Baltimore Sun

A bunch of miles, a lot of heartache and a ton of rocking can drain the spirit from a band. And so it was with the Allman Brothers. But the Southern rock pioneers are happy to report that the magic is back.

Tonight, drummer Butch Trucks promises, the band will hit Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with an energy the founding members haven't felt since the beginning, way back around 1969.

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Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:20 AM
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