Brother & Sister: An Allman Brothers Family Tribute Band
You’ve seen the cover of The Allman Brothers Band’s album Brothers and Sisters. The boy on the cover is Vaylor Trucks; the girl is Brittany Oakley. The children of Linda and Butch Trucks are Brother and Sister.
Linda is holding baby Melody Trucks and Butch is holding Vaylor on the left side of the inside cover. There are a number of excellent ABB tribute bands, including Jaimoe’s Big Band of Brothers, but there is only one Allman Brothers family tribute band: Brother and Sister.
The newly formed group, long in the planning, had a busy spring, including some outstanding Blue Jay Sessions at Blue Jay Listening Room in Jacksonville. The crested the wave at Suwannee Rising at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, where we wrote:
If you hadn’t read about them, you might not have known that Brother & Sister meant Vaylor Trucks and Melody Trucks, Butch’s children who were featured on the cover of the Allman Brother’s album Brothers and Sisters. They had assembled a mighty band for their tour, including Willis Gore (Bonnie Blue) also on guitar, Matthew Stallard on bass, Pete Orenstein on keyboards, and the double drums of Eric Sanders and Garrett Dawson.
The entire set featured the music of The Allman Brothers Band. There are numerous groups out there paying tribute. We knew this would be special, just not THAT special. Because it was. Melody and Gore both sang during the set, which got down and dirty with “Not My Cross to Bear” before bouncing back with “Statesboro Blues.” Vaylor is an incredible guitar slinger, and Gore was the perfect man to hang with him during the set.
Vaylor’s child, Astrid Trucks, came up to sing a heartfelt “Please Call Home” that also featured a lovely piano intro. They stayed up to sing and play guitar on the absolutely giddy “Jessica.” Stallard had a fine set anchoring on bass. After Melody sang “Dreams,” they dug in deep for “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” It was spectacular; Vaylor and Gore were stunning. Welcome home, Brother and Sister!
[B&S: Don’t Want You No More > Not My Cross to Bear, Statesboro Blues, Stand Back, Please Call Home, Jessica, Midnight Rider, Blue Sky, Dreams, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed]
Vaylor and Melody and crew are about to hit the road with shows in Florida and Georgia, beginning at the ABB spiritual home — The Big House in Macon. Next they visit the newly renovated Blueberry Patch in Gulfport, Florida, then Underbelly in Jax, House of Music in Tallahassee, and The Martin Centre in Douglas, Georgia.
They have scheduled two more Blue Jay Sessions, this time with pianist Victor Wainwright and guitarist Pat Harrington.
Beginning June 23, they have seven dates also featuring The Cordovas, running from Charleston up to Boston. Appropriately, they will play The Peach Fest, birthed by Butch Trucks and his ABB bandmates, on July 1.
On September 24, Brother and Sister will headline GABBAfest, the annual event held by the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association. And Vaylor will be a teacher/mentor on Jam Cruise 19 in February as part of the Masters Camp at Sea!
Revival? You bet!
BROTHER & SISTER
05/13 The Big House | Macon GA
05/14 The Blueberry Patch | Gulfport FL
05/15 Underbelly | Jacksonville FL
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