R.I.P.: Butch Trucks Or: The Mystery of the Allman Brothers

Butch Trucks was the one constant highlight. Whatever incarnation of the band, he was the one who got the crowds wigglin’. And “crowd” is the key for me. There was a meat ‘n’ spuds quality to the early Allman Brothers jams that appealed to the stoned-out Montana college-era parties I attended. The outfit was never the same after the loss of Duane, and after I moved East I pretty much stopped playing Allman sides and assumed they would just be an ever-fading chapter of the past.

Then in 2011, Gregg Allman released Low Country Blues with perfect production from T Bone Burnett and accompaniment from Dr. John. Age had finally turned Allman into a moving bluesman. The fun from the old days seemed more real. The Allman Brothers formed into a rounded story, not just a chapter.

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