Alan Paul, author of One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, will lead his group, The Big in China Band, in a tribute to late Allmans drummer Butch Trucks tonight, January 27.
The tribute will take place at Suzy Que’s BBQ and Bar in West Orange, NJ, starting at 8:30pm. The first song will be live streamed via Paul’s Facebook page.
Trucks wrote the forward to Paul’s biography of the Allmans, and had this to say about the late drummer and the upcoming tribute: “Butch was the Allman Brothers’ freight train heart, and his sudden death is a shocking blow to the band’s entire extended community and fanbase. He was a wonderful resource throughout the writing of One Way Out and after, and his loss leaves a void not only in the music world but in my personal life. I am going to pay tribute in the best way I know how: with a night of music played from the bottom of my heart. I hope that others feeling the loss can join us in celebration of Butch’s music and the joy he brought so many for so long.”
Watch a video of The Big in China Band playing the Allmans’ “Blue Sky” below.