The Charleston Pour House hosted The Almond Brothers A Tribute to Butch Trucks and The Allman Brothers on Friday, May 12. Top tier local musicians came together to honor the late Butch Trucks after his death at the end of January and celebrate what Uncle Butch gave to Rock and Roll. The group played “At Filmore East” from May 13, 1971 in its entirety.
Butch’s nephew, Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks band penned this to Rolling Stone about Butch’s role in The Allman Brother’s Band: “Butch was such a major part of that sound, as much as Gregg’s voice. The way he played drums, it’s not here anymore.” He also commented on Butch’s attitude about playing, “The way he played is the way he lived: ‘Fuck it, we just charge.” Warren Haynes noted he was the “Lou Gehrig of Rock Drummers”. Butch Trucks always brought a rhythm, but what attracted so many other musicians and people to him was his ability to always bring it up and down. I remember a friend’s dad playing “One Way Out” – he told me about Duane and Gregg, but of Butch he always spoke in such high revere. He told me that Butch is the reason this music is still around, that heart rocking bass drum, rapturous work on snare and tom, and crashing symbals will live forever.
Butch is survived through his family, road crew, and fans. Merchandise from the show at The Pour House was donated to The Big House Museum where they have been collecting donations since Trucks’ death. Donate here.
The show on Friday, was a day after his birthday, and everyone celebrated. The cast was made up of Steven Sandifer (Dangermuffin), Wallace Mullinax (Dead 27s), Mark Davis (Travelin Kine), Jack Burg (punks&snakes), Tyler Ross (Rad Western), Ron Wiltrout (Matadero), Gerald Gregory (Rad Western), Jake Holwegner (Gino Castillo). The group took on renditions of “Statesboro Blues” “One Way Out” and “Midnight Rider.” Mark Davis sat in on a few numbers and provided harmonica work. Wallace Mullinax and Tyler Ross traded off guitar solos and periodically stepped off stage to allow drummers and percussionist Gina Castillo bring to Pour House what Butch Trucks and The Allman Brothers gave to the world.
Here is their rehearsal from last week:
The audience was made up of fathers, mothers, families, and friends who came together over this music for the past 50 years. With musicians like these and endearing support from fans Trucks will live on forever. Cheers to another 50 years for The Allman Brothers.