Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks, one of the drummers and founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, died today in West Palm Beach, Florida at age 69. Cause of death is unknown.
You can read the obituary in Rolling Stone below in Allen's post.
In 2016, Trucks told Forbes that becoming stars in the music industry was one of the worst things that could have happened."The music became secondary to being rock stars," he said. "The sex and drugs outweighed the rock and roll."
You can read the obituary by Kristin M. Hall of the Associated Press by clicking here, or going to the New York Times, or just about everywhere for that matter. . . .
In a statement released Wednesday, Gregg Allman mourned the loss of his longtime friend and partner."I'm heartbroken. I've lost another brother and it hurts beyond words. Butch and I knew each other since we were teenagers and we were bandmates for over 45 years. He was a great man and a great drummer and I'm going to miss him forever. Rest In Peace Brother Butch," Allman said.
Trucks' nephew Derek Trucks played with the Allmans from 199-2014, while another nephew and Derek's younger brother Duane Trucks plays with Widespread Panic and Hard Working Americans. Butch Trucks' oldest son, Vaylor, is part of the Yeti Trio.
Following the band's official breakup in 2014, Trucks performed under his own name at festivals and concerts and, most recently, was a vocal opponent of Donald Trump surrounding the presidential election. "I'm going to tape Donald J. Trump on all five of those drums, I promise you," Trucks said in one of his final interviews last year. "I am gonna beat the living !@*$ out of them and I'm going to feel so much better."