Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band
Butch Trucks is an American drummer who is one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band. One of Trucks' first bands was local Jacksonville band The Vikings, who made one 7-inch record in 1964. Another early band was The 31st of February which formed and broke up in 1968. The group's lineup eventually included both Duane Allman and Gregg Allman. They recorded a cover of "Morning Dew", by 1960s folk singer Bonnie Dobson.
Trucks then helped form The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, along with Duane Allman (guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals and organ), Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), and fellow drummer Jai Johanny Johanson.
Together, the two drummers developed a rhythmic drive that would prove crucial to the band. Trucks laid down a powerful conventional beat while the jazz-influenced Johanson added a second laminate of percussion and ad libitum cymbal flourishes, seamlessly melded into one syncopated sound.
Said founding member and co-lead guitarist Dickey Betts of Trucks' additional to the original band lineup, "...When Butch came along, he had that freight, meat-and-potatoes kind of thing that set Jaimoe up perfectly. He had the power thing we needed."
A little anecdote from Butch tells the tale of 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 obliviously 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 quarterback gets all the credit." They laughed their butts off." Trucks keeps his sense of humor about his life in the back on the stage, buy 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."
Butch continues to be a leading component of the Roots Rock Revival summer music camp. Roots Rock Revival is a four nights, five day all-inclusive intensive that features master classes, jam sessions, Q&A sessions, open rehearsals and more. It’s an intimate look at Southern Blues Rock movement, the Allman Brothers Band and the music that forms the foundation fo Rock 'n Roll. Some of the young attendees are often invited to perform with Butch at local gigs.