On March 26, 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida, guitarist Duane Allman convened a jam session including bassist Berry Oakley, guitarist Dickey Betts, and drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks. It was the first musical meeting of the group which, with the addition of Gregg Allman on vocals and Hammond organ, would become The Allman Brothers Band-one of the most acclaimed and influential groups in the history of rock and roll.
On March 26, 1999 at the Beacon Theater in New York, the Allman Brothers Band celebrated its 30th Anniversary with the penultimate performance of their sixth annual "March Madness" stand at the venerable theater-a total of 80 sold-out Beacon shows since 1993.
On June 12, 1999 at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of '95 inductees The Allman Brothers Band will begin their 30th Anniversary grand tour of the US. NASCAR Rocks will be on the road, hosting select 1999 Allman Brothers Band tour stops. NASCAR Rocks will enhance each stop on the tour with a second stage featuring exciting emerging bands and a plaza displaying show cars, "Pit Crew Challenge," and other hot NASCAR items.
The 30th Anniversary tour introduces a new member of the Brothers: 20-year old slide guitar prodigy Derek Trucks, who replaced Jack Pearson when the latter left (at the conclusion of the Beacon Theater run) to concentrate on his career as a Nashville-based solo artist, songwriter, session player, and producer. "Jack's a class act," says Gregg Allman. "We've enjoyed sharing the stage with him. The fact that this was a mutual decision doesn't mean it was easy."
"The Allman Brothers Band has always played in the spirit in which the band was founded," states Dickey Betts. "We welcome Derek Trucks as a guitarist who understands and complements what the Allman Brothers Band stands for musically."
Derek Trucks, the nephew of ABB drummer Butch Trucks, has been a touring musician since the age of 11. He has performed with such legends as Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, and R.L. Burnside, and recorded with Gregg Allman (Searching For Simplicity on 550 Music), Gate-mouth Brown, Johnny Copeland, and Junior Wells. He has released two albums as a leader, The Derek Trucks Band (Landslide) and Out Of The Madness (House Of Blues). In 1998, Derek filled in with the ABB for three shows when Jack Pearson was stricken with appendicitis. "I have the utmost respect for Jack as a musician and as a person," he says. "I wish him all the best."