Brother & Sister, the Melody and Vaylor Trucks-fronted Allman Family Tribute, are on tour this spring and summer, with local performance coming at the third annual Suwannee Rising Festival on Saturday, April 9 (the festival itself runs from April 7 to April 9). 3076 95th Drive, Oak Park. Tickets: $86.49 – $369.00. Info: (386) 364-1683 or visit https://www.suwanneerising.com/.
From 5:00-6:15 p.m., Melody & Vaylor sit down with Magnolia Boulevard (Amphitheater Stage). Then, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Brother & Sister present a complete set (Porch Stage). Finally, in the closing set from 12:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Melody and Vaylor sit with Nikki Glaspie’s (All Star Jam) Nth Power Ball.
Besides Melody and Vaylor Trucks, Brother and Sister band members include Eric Sanders (The Yeti Trio, Col. Bruce Hampton), Garrett Dawson (Butch Trucks and the Freight Train, The Bird Tribe), Willis Gore (Bonnie Blue, The Melody Trucks Band), and Matt Stallard (Chris Duarte Band). Their set in Suwannee will feature a tribute to Vaylor and Melody’s musical roots, the Allman Brothers Band, as they are the two eldest children of ABB drummer Butch Trucks.
“Vaylor and Melody are the two oldest children of Butch Trucks, the late drummer and founder of the Allman Brothers Band. Recreating the sound of their father’s old band is what Brother and Sister is all about,” writes Tom Szaroleta in the Florida Times Union. (read his recent interview with Melody Trucks, here). ‘Allman Brothers Band drummer’s children Butch Trucks, Melody and Vaylor bring a full band to this date of a short three day run. ‘ Freight Train Band. Expect lots of jamming to the tunes of ‘ABB by solid musicians with a family connection to the originals…what’s not to love?’, writes Creative Loafing.
Melody and Vaylor (as a duo, no band) are also currently hosting the “Blue Jay Concert Seriesin their hometown of Jacksonville at the Blue Jay Listening Room. Recent guests respected blues guitarist-singer, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All Stars, The Black Crowes, John Hiatt) and longtime Wet Willie vocalist/harpist Jimmy Hall.
Vaylor adds, “A lot of the credit for founding Brother and Sister has to go to Eric Sanders. We had just finished starring in a Colorado-based tribute project called The Family Peach, and it went so well that Eric rightly said that we should consider setting up something for the south east Now I never saw myself doing anything like a tribute band Not because I’m opposed to them but just because I tend, when left on my own, to gravitate towards more esoteric music.
“But I’ve seen what an amazing job Dweezil Zappa has done in bringing together a group of musicians who can perform his father’s music, and I’ve tried to use that as a template for what I want to do with Brother and Sister. , The music of the Allman Brothers. First of all, if you’re looking for a specific look or show, then you’ve already kinda missed the point. Check out the cover of At Fillmore East. They’re a band of active musicians. and their team standing in front of a pile of road cases. That was their look.
“And when it comes to the execution of the songs – there is a razor’s edge, you have to walk. On the one hand, the compositional elements, which are many, must be executed as they are written. However, if you go up and play Dickey’s or Duane’s solos note for note, then you’ve missed it. Composed notes are essential, but so is the spirit of improvisation. Jams are just as important. And that’s what we’re trying to do with Brother and Sister is together a group of musicians disciplined and trained enough to execute the compositions, but also creative and quick-witted enough to jam without too much structure.”
April 7-9 (Thu/Sat) – Live Oak FL@Suwanee Rising Festival
June 30-July 3 (Thu/Sun) – Scranton PA@Peach Music Festival
Photo credits: Frank Allen Sr.