Derek Trucks Remembers late Allman Brothers bandmate Uncle Butch Trucks, ‘He Left an Impression at All Times’
David Fricke recently captured the words and reflections of Derek Trucks regarding his late Allman Brothers bandmate, and uncle, Butch Trucks. The excerpts below and link to full article in Rolling Stone are a raw and honest reflection of a really special musician, man and uncle/nephew relationship.
From Rolling Stone:
“My earliest memories are of traveling from Jacksonville, Florida, to visit my uncle and his family in Tallahassee. It was a massive departure from the life we were leading – this lower-middle-class background. My dad was a roofer; my mom worked in elementary school. Butch’s house had these gold records and a drum set. And any time you saw Butch – when he walked in a room, when he would play – it was loud and in your face. He left an impression at all times.
His directness and brutal honesty is what allowed the Allman Brothers to maintain that integrity for so long. He was a Duane Allman purist. What it was about then, when Duane was leading the band – that’s what it should be about now, every time you hit the stage. Warren [Haynes] compared Butch to a soldier. I think that’s his connection to his dad, who is still around, a World War II vet who marched under Patton: “Get it done.” There’s never any give.
“…The way he played is the way he lived: “Fuck it, we just charge.”
“A lot of Butch’s influence on me was just the mindset he had, that Duane instilled in him, which was, “Don’t fucking get onstage and give less than what you’ve got. And that might not be enough either.” Butch would tell me about Duane turning around to him on stage and saying, “If you give me anything less than a hundred percent, I will come back there and beat your ass.” That’s always been my M.O. with any band where I’ve been leading the charge.”
Read “Derek Trucks Remembers Butch Trucks: ‘He Left an Impression at All Times’ Guitarist on what he learned from late uncle and Allman Brothers bandmate “ and what he’ll miss most at Rolling Stone, http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/derek-trucks-remembers-uncle-former-bandmate-butch-trucks-w464085