Allman Brothers Band Leader Gregg Allman,Drummer Butch Trucks,Pass Away

Saddened to report the passings of Allman Brothers Band  drummer Butch Trucks, co-founder of the band  with the late Duane Allman, and now namesake Gregg Allman, both aged 69.

The legendary Allman Brothers Band has officially disbanded, but to this day I still marvel how it all could have possibly continued for almost half a century after what happened so early on at a critical launching point in the band’s career during the making of their fourth album, Eat a Peach.

Older sibling Duane Allman was already a veteran studio player on hit sessions at Muscle Shoals Studio. Duane was the American slide guitarist who traded lick for lick with the great Eric Clapton as Derek & the Dominoes on the legendary Layla album. Again, it was Duane Allman who formed and led the Allman Brothers Band, and behind them an entire new Southern Rock movement. But midway through the recording of what would become Eat a Peach, Duane died riding his beloved motorcycle.

Yet with almost superhuman resolve, singer/ songwriter/ organist Gregg Allman and the rest of the original group would not only continue but reach even greater heights, eventually inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In this interview marking the forty-fifth anniversary of this bittersweet album, Gregg Allman and ex-guitarist Dickey Betts reveal how the music sustained the brotherhood. -Redbeard