Gregg Allman has paid tribute to his former bandmate Butch Trucks, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 69.
Butch co-founded the rock group alongside brothers Duane and Gregg Allman, bassist Berry Oakley, Jaimoe, and guitarist DICkey Betts in 1969, and the band went on to record hits including Ramblin' Man and Crazy Love. He continued to record and perform with the group until they disbanded in 2014.
Gregg has now opened up about the tragic news, insisting he is "heartbroken".
"I've lost another brother and it hurts beyond words," a statement reads. "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."
The Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman also honoured Trucks, telling Billboard, "Butch did everything just right. Never over or under played, never pushed or pulled too much. Butch always served the music first, while somehow still managing to impose his own will and his own driving style into everything he played."
"At the centre of all the swirling magic of The Allman Brothers, Butch Trucks was the eye of the storm, leading from the back seat in the exact manner to which we should all aspire," he continues. "I have taken as much from Butch's bag as I have any other drummer. It always sounds so trite when trying to put thoughts like these into words. Butch Trucks' drumming is of course much better served being felt and heard, so we should probably all shut up put on some ABB. Rest in Peace, sir."
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