Photo by Brian Jenkins

Bassist Oteil Burbridge has officially left Tedeschi Trucks Band. Burbridge has been a mainstay in the group and also plays with Tedeschi Trucks Band lead Derek Trucks in The Allman Brothers Band. His brother Kofi Burbridge is also a member of the group.

Oteil Burbridge posted the following message on TTB’s Facebook page this afternoon:

After 25 years of intensive touring, I have come to the very difficult decision that I must cut my yearly tour schedule back and will not be able to continue to tour with TTB. This much needed break from heavy touring will allow me to recoup, recharge and address my main priority in life right now, which is to start a family. I have deep love and respect for every member of this band and the music that we have made together, and I’m proud of our many accomplishments over the last three years. I certainly hope that we have music left to make together in the future.

Tedeschi Trucks Band also posted a statement:

We are sad to see our brother Oteil leave TTB but we want what is best for every member of our family, and we respect Oteil’s decision to make a change. We’ve had many amazing shows and sessions with him over the years, documented by two albums we’re very proud of. We wish Oteil the best and look forward to the next time we can share the stage.

We have reached out to our extended family of musicians and confirmed three great bass players for the fall. Ted Pecchio will play on the shows Oct 18-20. Dave Monsey Oct 27 – Nov 3. And George Porter Jr Nov 27 – Dec 2.

The Allman Brothers Band are expected to have a big 45th anniversary year in 2014. The bassist will play with members of his old band Aquarium Rescue Unit later this year.