A Tribute To Butch Trucks On His 70th Birthday, With Thoughts On Col. Bruce Hampton

first_imgToday would have been Butch Trucks‘ 70th birthday. The legendary drummer and original member of the Allman Brothers Band tragically died earlier this year, a reality I haven’t been able to stop thinking about — especially after experiencing the loss of Col. Bruce Hampton last week. Butch was my “godfather,” while Col. Bruce Hampton my dear friend. Two of rock and roll’s greatest influences have passed on, but their stories and legacies will always endure. The key to grieving has been to celebrate life — to share memories, music, and all the people that connect them together.When people tell me they’re sorry for my loss, I often respond that it’s a greater loss for rock and roll and everyone that is a part of that world. It’s occurred to me more recently how instrumental Butch and Bruce were to our community, to our scene. The outpour of stories from fans and musicians alike prove just how accessible, how meaningful they both were to our circle. The relationship between Butch and Bruce goes back as far as the beginning of the Allman Brothers Band; without one or the other, it seems as though each would not be the same.Oteil Burbridge Pens Touching Tribute To His Musical Mentor, The Late Col. Bruce HamptonAs a tribute to Butch’s birthday, the big 7-0, I’d like to share the speech that I delivered at his memorial service in Macon, Georgia on February 20, 2017 at the Cox Capitol Theatre. It was an honor to share my portion of his story amongst the many greats in the room, though I’ll admit a little intimidating to speak alongside Warren Haynes, Johnny Podell, Oteil Burbridge, Jaimoe, Kirk West, and the familial relatives that helped color Butch’s life.But I knew it had to be done. My story wasn’t like any of theirs.When Vaylor asked me to speak today, I was honored — but slightly disoriented. I’m not a blood relative, I never played music with him. I don’t have any stories from the road. He’s just a man who demanded I call him “Uncle Butch” for the last twenty years of my life. I guess that’s pretty special.I met the Trucks family when I was seven years old after they moved to my hometown of Palm Beach. It never really made sense to me why they lived there. I don’t think he made sense of it either, but it brought Butch together with my Dad who became one of his closest friends and mentors. That seemed to be a life-changing friendship for all of us.As my Dad’s been there to help the Trucks family through all this, it’s given me a chance to see how great of an impact that relationship has had on my personal life. Sure, it’s pretty cool that my first concert ever was Frogwings [a band made up of Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Edwin McCain, Marc Quiñones, and Butch Trucks] and that I’ve seen the Allman Brothers play more times than I can count, but all those experiences came with great life lessons.Growing up backstage with the Allman Brothers Band provided me with a lifetime of unteachable moments. Where to sit, where to stand, when to hustle; who to ask, who not to ask, when to know your place. Thanks to people like Bert [Holman] and Stacey [Maranz], I learned the etiquette of the industry surrounded by legends. With respect being the overarching theme, I learned very quickly how to act around others.What Butch taught me most, though, was how to act on my own. Every gift he gave me was signed “Eat A Peach” and it wasn’t until my college poetry class that I truly understood what that meant, at least, in theory, according to Butch: it was inspired by a quote from Duane Allman that perhaps came from a line of T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”After going back and forth in his own mind about making a decision inspired by love, the narrator asks: “Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?” In this context, the peach — whatever the thinker chooses to let it represent — becomes a metaphor for life, for risk. It is something one must experience before growing old.To eat a peach is a choice. While the fruit is inevitably messy, it is equally delectable. It gets stuck in your teeth, drips down your shirt, and sticks to your hands, but we still choose to eat them for the satisfaction that we crave. If you dare to eat a peach, you are willing to accept the outcome. Dichotomously, a peach is both sweet and sour, soft and hard, smooth and fuzzy. It’s delicious, but you must eat it with full willingness to get messy – because, you know, you can always change your shirt.Whatever the peach might represent to you, it’s worth taking the first bite.The quote that supposedly inspired the album name came from an interview question about helping the revolution, to which Duane responded: “There ain’t no revolution, only evolution, but every time I’m in Georgia I ‘eat a peach’ for peace.”I know Butch evolved in a profound way after Duane died. A conversation doesn’t go by without citing a reference or telling a story that’s Skydog-related. I may only have been around for the last two decades, but I still reaped the benefits of the wisdom from a man I never knew — and so did all of my friends and family who ever met or spoke with Butch.That’s one of the things that made him so special; he might act like he knows far more than everyone on the planet, but Duane Allman was the exception. Those two shared a mind, and I’m honored to have tapped into it as much as I have.Keeping with the rhythms of life, Butch’s influence on me is never-ending. He flicked a switch in me when I first saw him play. I quickly realized that music had the ingredients to change a life. As I grew older, I centered this passion to become part of my career.My experience in the music industry truly began when Butch started his Roots Rock Revival camp in Big Indian, NY. With Oteil, Luther, Cody, and more of the extended rock and roll family, I found the light of what it means to bring people together — for the love of the music. That camp started almost four years ago, and I saw Butch grow brighter and brighter every summer because of it. He was the happiest I’d ever seen him, ever. And he changed so many lives by doing what he did.It’s hard to think that a soul that loud could just disappear. I’ve never met a bigger character in my entire life, and I know that his voice will live on through each and every one that he’s ever met.It is my life mission to spread his gospel, to eat a peach for peace, and to honor him in my decisions, both personally and professionally. I’m so grateful to have met all of you as a result of my incomparable relationship with this man.After Butch’s service, I had dinner with Col. Bruce. He brought us to this odd, off-the-highway restaurant with fluorescent lights that served both Indian and Mediterranean food. They were about to close but stayed open for only us, and greated us all with an emphatic “Happy Birthday” upon entering. It was an establishment Bruce has faithfully dined at for several decades; it turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve ever had, of course.Instead of mourning the immensely difficult month we’d all experienced, Bruce showed us videos of a 90-something-year-old pianist that he’d found at a club somewhere and was excited to book shows with—he ended up being one of the many on stage at Hampton 70. There was more excitement than sadness in Bruce’s voice, something that confused me at the time. It’s more obvious to me now that he was the kind of spirit that lived just a few steps ahead of the present, and that inspired me to do the same. After all, losing is gaining, right?Related: Stranger Than Fiction: The Cosmic Curtain Call Of Col. Bruce HamptonLast week in New Orleans, a group of musicians came together to celebrate the lives of Butch Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton for a show at One Eyed Jacks. Warren Haynes and Jeff Sipe unexpectedly joined Duane Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Eric Krasno, Danny Louis, Scott Metzger, and several others as the Daze Between Band to honor the two influencers, and quite frankly, to play through the emotions of their loss.In going through the stages of grief with Butch, the death of Col. Bruce Hampton cemented and suspended a feeling of reality. As difficult a thought it is to grasp, losing these two mentors has been a perspective-shifting experience for many. I frequently find myself searching for truth within the same dimensions of heartache, but have found solace in music and the celebration of life. This seems to be a communal sentiment, as the energy from the room catapulted into a marvelous gesture to the sky.While “legends” in their own realm, Butch Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton were staple spirits to the community. They provided much more than music and are two of the few exceptions in rock and roll to ever willingly do so. Everyone who has had the delight of their personal influence will say the same.Happy Birthday, Butch, the world misses you so, so much.[photos by Michael Bloom Photography]last_img read more

Nirvana’s Final Studio Album, “In Utero”, Was Released 25 Years Ago Today [Listen]

first_imgIn just seven years—and only three with mainstream success—Nirvana paved the way for the sound of American music in the early 1990’s. Few bands were able to make such profound and impactful statements in the music industry in such a brief amount of time.Following their 1989 album, Bleach, and 1991’s Nevermind, Nirvana released their third and final studio album, In Utero, on September 21, 1993. It was a major step forward for the band, using this new platform of fame to challenge their audience and distort both their public image and their sound.The record wasn’t completed during their studio session with Steve Albini, however, and took R.E.M producer Scott Litt to dedicate some serious amendments to the album’s overall packaging, resolving controversy over the record’s production and mixing. This was difficult for bandleader Kurt Cobain to deal with, as he wanted to keep this record in the nature that sought to define it: raw, in the moment, fluid with his own pace. But the label wouldn’t approve, saying no one would like it.It was after Scott Litt’s adaptations that the quality of the record was finally ready for their label DGC to approve as commercially viable. With his help, “Heart-Shaped Box” made it out to the shelves as the first single, and the entire record eventually debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Selling over 180,000 copies in the first week alone, stores like Kmart and Wal-Mart still refused to sell the less-than-appropriate work-of-art.While the band’s intent was to relinquish mainstream approval and defy the standards of their label’s interests, they still managed to deliver one of the most important records of the 90s. Kurt Cobain died less a year later on April 5, 1994. In honor of In Utero‘s milestone birthday today, stream the full record below via Spotify:Nirvana – In Utero – Full Album Nirvana – In Utero – TracklistingAll songs written by Kurt Cobain, except where noted.“Serve the Servants” – 3:36“Scentless Apprentice” (Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic) – 3:48“Heart-Shaped Box” – 4:41“Rape Me” – 2:50“Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” – 4:09“Dumb” – 2:32“Very Ape” – 1:56“Milk It” – 3:55“Pennyroyal Tea” – 3:37“Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” – 4:51“tourette’s” – 1:35“All Apologies” – 3:51View Tracklistinglast_img read more

Oklahoma E coli outbreak grows to 291 cases

first_img The illnesses have been blamed on E coli O111, a much less common strain than O157:H7, the variety usually identified in outbreaks. Oklahoma officials have said they believe the outbreak is the largest one involving O111 ever reported in the United States. Most case-patients had eaten at the Country Cottage restaurant in the northeastern Oklahoma town of Locust Grove between Aug 15 and 17, the OSDH has said. The agency has not identified a specific food source for the outbreak, despite having interviewed more than 1,700 people. Health officials also were investigating a church event that was catered by the Country Cottage restaurant on Aug 16, the OSDH said in the Sep 12 update. At least 30 of 250 people who attended the event at the Bethany Free Will Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., reported they became ill with diarrhea or other, milder symptoms, the statement said. An OSDH official said last week that because investigators had not identified a specific food source in the outbreak, they suspected that a staff member who handled many foods at the buffet-style restaurant might have been infected and spread the contamination. Sep 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The number of people involved in a restaurant-related outbreak of an uncommon strain of Escherichia coli has risen to 291, including 67 who were hospitalized, Oklahoma officials reported recently. Sixteen of the hospital patients have received kidney dialysis treatment, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reported in its latest official update on Sep 12. One person, a 26-year-old man, has died in the outbreak. The department said it did not plan to interview any more customers of the restaurant after Sep 12. See also: In investigating the church event, the OSDH was joined by the Tulsa Health Department and a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency said. Sep 12 OSDH news release Sep 10 CIDRAP News story “Unusual E coli strain sickens 231 in Oklahoma”last_img read more

Three families left homeless after three early morning fires

first_imgLocalNews Three families left homeless after three early morning fires by: – October 6, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 39 Views   no discussions Dominica Fire & Ambulance Service PRO, Philsbert SamuelPublic Relations Officer of the Dominica Fire and Ambulance Service Mr Philsbert Samuel has reported that there were three early morning fires for today October 6th, 2011.The fire officers stationed at the Fire Brigade Headquarters in Roseau were alerted at almost four o’clock this morning of a fire in the village of Morne Prosper.Although the home of Glynis Isles was completely gutted by fire there were no injuries or fatalities.“At approximately 03.56am on Thursday October 6th, 2011 fire officers at Brigade Headquarters received a call informing them of a house fire at Morne Prosper. On arrival, the responding officers met a two bed-room house constructed of concrete and imported lumber fully ablaze. The building was owned by Glynis Isles and at the time was occupied by a family of three namely; Alie Eusebe, Aliane Eusebe and Shanice Maximea. The building and its contents were completely destroyed,” Mr Samuel reported.The second fire completely destroyed the home of Tony Isles whose house is in close proximity to Glynis Isles’ home.According to Mr Samuel both fires seem suspicious and their investigations continue.“Upon completion of fire-fighting on the dwelling house of Glynis Isles the officers were alerted to another fire in the vicinity. The house belonging to Tony Isles of Morne Prosper was also destroyed by fire. We find both fires to be of a suspicious nature and investigations continue into the matter,” he said.The third fire destroyed the home of Shanika Houseborough in Zicak, Portsmouth and has left another family homeless.“Officers at the Portsmouth Fire Station were informed of a fire in Zicak, Portsmouth at 06:05am today. The house which was constructed of concrete and imported lumber, consisted of three bedrooms was owned by Shanika Houseborough and at the time was occupied by a family of three.”The home of Ms Houseborough was partially destroyed and the cause is under investigation.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

NPFL: Oshobe Targets Win against Tornadoes

first_imgHe began “The race for survival in the league continues as we face Niger Tornadoes this Sunday in Lokoja, we are prepared to give them a good fight which I believe will yield dividend at the end of the day.“I strongly believe the team will not go down at the end of the season because if you look at our last two matches you will see that we are getting better.“We are aware of our opponents home record and that’s the reason we have put in extra effort and ready to go all out to get at least a point from the match. The spirit is high in camp because we know we have to play the two games left like finals.“Our fans have been amazing they have been behind us through thick and thin. I want them to keep believing in us as they have been doing and I pray that at the end of the season we will all be happy together by God’s grace,” he said to the club’s media team.MFM FC sits on 16th spot on the Nigerian top-flight table with 42 points from 34 league matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club of Lagos midfielder, Oladele Oshobe has assured his team’s faithful that the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) newcomers will keep their status at the end of the season with a good result on Sunday against Niger Tornadoes of Minna in Lokoja.The Olukoya Boys will complete their back to back away fixtures this weekend when they face Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna in match day 37 of the NPFL at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, Kogi State.Oshobe who has been in fine form for the Lagos-based team in recent times from his defensive midfield position told the club’s website that his team will not be relegated at the end of the 2015/16 topflight season.last_img read more

La Salle Lady Spikers stay true to form

first_imgView comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ For the better part of the season, defending champion De La Salle has been utterly unstoppable.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle not only secured its position atop the table, it also knocked out the Lady Falcons off the Final Four race and allowed National University to take the last Final Four berth.And with one game left on their schedule, Dy said they won’t take things lightly against Ateneo on Sunday as they plan to enter the Final Four on their best possible form.“Every game we have to work on the areas we still need to improve upon and we have to treat every game equally,” said Dy who finished with 17 points against the Lady Falcons. “We don’t think that our next match won’t have any implications, we will still play our game.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ceres nears AFC Cup KO stage; Global falls short P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC But despite racking up seven straight wins with one more game left in their schedule, the Lady Spikers believe they haven’t reached their peak form in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Kianna Dy said their strong performance late into the season is just about staying true to their real form.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I don’t think we’re peaking, or we’ve reached our peak, it’s just that every game we just have to play our game,” said Dy in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers reached seventh heaven when they dished out a four-set beating against Adamson University, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, that bumped their record to 11-2 and locked up the no. 1 seed in the tournament. MOST READlast_img read more

GOP Dismissive Of Trumps Medicare Bidding Idea — Long A NonStarter —

first_imgGOP Dismissive Of Trump’s Medicare ‘Bidding’ Idea — Long A Non-Starter — To Curb Drug Prices Republicans tend to prize fostering competition over negotiation. Meanwhile, Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J., gets called out by progressives for his “no” vote on importing drugs from Canada. Cory Booker, the New Jersey Senator assumed to be angling for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, found himself in trouble with progressives Thursday after he voted against a measure to allow prescription drugs to be imported from Canada. Booker was one of 13 Democrats to oppose the symbolic provision, but he was the target of derisive news coverage and a minor social media campaign. Angry progressives quickly noted Booker is one of the drug industry’s biggest financial beneficiaries in the Senate. (Scott, 1/12) The Wall Street Journal: Cigna Drops Coverage Of Mylan’s EpiPen In Favor Of Cheaper Generic And in other pharmaceutical news about drug pricing — Stat: Cory Booker Gets Heat For Opposing Drug Imports From Canada CVS Health announced Thursday morning that it has cut the price of two-packs of epinephrine auto-injectors to $109.99 — roughly the price that brand-name EpiPen shots were selling for eight years ago, before their escalating price became a hot political issue. A CVS Health spokesperson said that the pharmacies used to sell these products for about $200 a two-pack, and that the price cut was motivated by customers angry with the high price of epinephrine auto-injectors, which are used to quell severe allergic reactions. (Swetlitz, 1/12) A top U.S. health insurer has dropped its coverage of Mylan NV’s brand-name EpiPen and switched to the half-priced version Mylan launched in response to public outrage over its sharp price increases on the lifesaving drug. Cigna Corp. swapped its coverage of the $600 EpiPen for Mylan’s $300 version, according to a document on Cigna’s website outlining its prescription drug coverage changes for 2017. (Steele and Walker, 1/12) Congressional Republicans are downplaying or dismissing President-elect Donald Trump’s call Wednesday for the government to start “bidding” for prescription drugs. Addressing the high price of prescription drugs is a popular bipartisan issue, but Republicans tend to favor an approach that would stimulate competition that could help bring prices down. Under the Medicare drug program, price negotiation does occur between drug companies and the insurers who administer the coverage, but the federal government is forbidden from leveraging the bargaining power of Medicare as a whole. Changing that dynamic has largely been a non-starter among Republicans, who think the government would have a hard time negotiating better prices than the private insurers in the Medicare Part D drug program. (Siddons, 1/12) Reuters: Investors In Big Pharma, Biotech Look To Ride Out Trump Storm Stat: CVS Slashes Price Of Substitute EpiPen Auto-Injectors To $109.99 Investors in large U.S. pharmaceutical and biotech companies are counting on strong dividends, reasonable stock valuations and new products to help ride out a storm of political uncertainty as the incoming Trump administration dives into healthcare policy. (Krauskopf, 1/12) Roll Call: Republicans Not So Sure About Trump’s Call for Drug “Bidding” This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more