Thursday, January 26, 2017
Allman Brothers Drummer Butch Trucks Dies at 69
While 2017 doesn't quite have the body count that 2016 had by this point, we have already lost yet another great. The legendary talented Allman Brothers drummer and founding member Butch Trucks has sadly passed away at the age of 69 on January 24th in West Palm Beach, FL from what are currently causes unknown.
While some details are yet to be found out and/or made available to the general public, the band's public relations firm put out an official statement on Trucks's passing, saying:
“Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, tragically died the night of January 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. His wife, four children, four grandchildren and all of the Allman Brothers Band, their families and Road Crew survive Butch.
The Trucks and Allman Brothers Band families request all of Butch’s friends and fans to please respect our privacy at this time of sadness for our loss. Butch will play on in our hearts forever.”
It's definitely a shame that such a talented powerhouse of a drummer has gone so soon. One of the first things I ever remember about hearing the Allman Brothers is my dad putting in their Live at the Fillmore album and hearing Trucks just hammer and pound away, but keeping things lighter where needed in that glorious extended jam of Whippin' Post. You don't hear a whole lot of drummers who can use dynamics like that, nor do the kinds of patterns Trucks did. He will be sorely missed for certain.