Drummer Butch Trucks, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, died the night of January 24th in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 69. No cause of death was initially given.
Trucks was a constant backbone in the Allman Brothers throughout their numerous lineup changes and incarnations, the only original member other than Gregg Allman that stuck it out from beginning to end. From 1999 to 2014, their last stretch as a band, Butch’s nephew Derek Trucks was also an integral component of the lineup on guitar.
After the most recent breakup of the Allmans, Butch formed his own group, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band. A pair of Georgia shows – January 3rd at Atlanta’s City Winery and January 5th at The Foundry in Athens – were among the very last ones the band played. They had tour dates booked through the end of March.
“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,” his press representatives said in a statement. “Donations and remembrances in Butch’s name may be made to The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia.”