Brother and Sister at The Blueberry Patch 05.14.22
[Thanks to Silent J Studio for the lightning-fast turnaround on these great photos!]
The recently renovated Blueberry Patch in Gulfport, Florida, was packed Saturday night, May 14, with music fans anxious to enjoy the enhanced surroundings (it is truly a magical place), visit with friends new and old, and listen to the superb sounds of Brother and Sister, the Allman Brothers Family Tribute Band featuring Melody and Vaylor Trucks, children of ABB founder and drummer Butch Trucks.
The band had blown out a superb if all-too-short set at Suwannee Rising last month, and they set out on their current tour May 13 with a show at The Big House in Macon.
The vibes were perfect, and everything aligned for a magnificent night of music from this talented pair and their amazing band. Given two long sets, the seven-member band included great additions such as “Stormy Monday” to the evening’s repertoire. Melody has never been in better voice than this night, so powerful. A fan walked up after the show to compliment her about always being on key; we heartily concur! Her work on congas always adds such a great dimension to the music.
Many fans know about Melody Trucks but don’t know much about her brother Vaylor Trucks. He is a monster on guitar, sounding amazing in this setting and positively stunning with his experimental group Yeti Trio. He is joined on the front line by guitarist Willis Gore from the outstanding band Bonnie Blue. Melody’s comment after the show: WILLIS WAS ON FIRE! (Can confirm.)
Gore is a true Southern soul singer, handing lyrics along with Melody and with keyboard king Bill McKay, who makes the Hammond B3 organ and electric piano soar. The double drums of Eric Sanders and Garrett Dawson propelled the entire evening, and they got great workouts on both “Liz Reed” and “Whipping Post.” Scott Boyer sat in on guitar for “Statesboro Blues” during the first set.
There are quite a few outstanding bands playing in tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, and we should support them all in keeping this music alive, but just be sure you include the Allman Brothers Family Tribute Band Brother and Sister on your list!
[SET 1: Don’t Want You No More > It’s Not My Cross to Bear, Statesboro Blues, Stand Back, Midnight Rider, Dreams, Come & Go Blues, Please Call Home, Jessica; SET 2: Revival, Black Hearted Woman, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, Blue Sky, One Way Out, Southbound, Stormy Monday, Melissa, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed; E: Whipping Post]
BROTHER & SISTER
05/20 House of Music | Tallahassee FL
05/21 The Martin Centre | Douglas GA
Blue Jay Sessions with Vaylor & Melody Trucks
Special Guests: Victor Wainwright & Pat Harrington
06/10 Blue Jay Listening Room | Jacksonville FL
06/11 Blue Jay Listening Room | Jacksonville FL
BROTHER & SISTER w/ The Cordovas
06/23 Charleston Pour House | Charleston SC
06/24 Asheville Music Hall | Asheville NC
06/25 Visulite Theatre | Charlotte NC
06/26 North Street Press Club | Farmville VA
06/28 City Winery | Washington DC
06/29 City Winery | Boston MA
06/30 Sellersville Theater | Sellersville PA
BROTHER & SISTER
07/01 Peach Fest | Scranton PA
09/24 GABBAfest | Grand Opera House | Macon GA