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Butch Trucks - February 5, 2016
The Howard Theatre - Washington, DC
By: Steve Hefter
Original Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks was fired up! Our interview began five minutes after an intense sound check with The Freight Train Band, one of two post-Allman Brothers Bands that Butch is leading.
The Freight Train Band is a remarkable ensemble of established musicians as well as young, up and coming stars. On guitar is Damon Fowler, a talented and proven guitar player who fronts his own band, The Damon Fowler Band. In additon to the traditional guitar, Damon plays the lap steel guitar with a true passion that's fun to watch and a treat to hear. Also on guitar is Butch's son Vaylor. Vaylor is the little boy featured with Butch's daughter on the Allman Brothers Band classic album Brothers and Sisters. All grown up now, Vaylor can really play and has his own unique style that blends great with the rest of the band. Rounding out the guitar trio is Heather Gillis. An extremely talented young woman who can play and sing extremely well and also fronts her own, very popular band. On keyboards, Butch has enlisted the fantastic Bruce Katz, who in addition to having his own band, was a regular member of Gregg Allman and Friends from 2007-2013. Bruce was also an Associate Professor at The Berklee College of Music from 1996-2010. Thumping the bass guitar is Berry Duane Oakley, the son of original Allman Brothers Band bass player, Berry Oakley. Butch also features Tad Isch on drums. Tad is an accomplished player and told me before the show that night just how thrilled he is to be playing along side of Butch Trucks. During our interview Butch shares his feelings on the end of The ABB, his memories, and a funny story or two, of Duane Allman, as well as much, much more! It was great fun to have so much time to sit and talk with a true giant in the music world..