Brother & Sister Perform At 3rd Annual Suwannee Rising Festival This Saturday

Article Contributed by Doug Deutsch | Published on Thursday, April 7, 2022

Brother & Sister, the Melody and Vaylor Trucks-fronted Allman Family Tribute, are on Tour this Spring and Summer, with an upcoming local performance at the Third Annual Suwannee Rising Festival, on Saturday, April 9 (the Festival itself runs from April 7 through April 9). 3076 95th Drive, Oak Park. Tickets: $86.49-$369.00. Info: (386) 364-1683 or visit

From 5:00-6:15pm, Melody & Vaylor sit in with Magnolia Boulevard (Amphitheater Stage). Then from 8:00-9:00 pm, Brother & Sister perform a full set (Porch Stage). Finally, in the Closing Set from 12:00-1:3 am, Melody & Vaylor sit in with Nikki Glaspie's Nth Power Ball (All Star Jam).

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 Group). Their set at 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 dad'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 Butch Trucks’ kids, Melody and Vaylor, bring a full band on this date of a short three-day run. The all-star lineup includes musicians who played with Col. Bruce and Chris Duarte along with Butch’s post Allmans’ Freight Train Band. Expect lots of jamming on ABB tunes by some solid players with a family connection to the originals…what’s not to like?," writes Creative Loafing.

Melody and Vaylor (as a duo, sans band) also currently host the "Blue Jay Concert Series" in their hometown of Jacksonville at Blue Jay Listening Room. Recent guests respected blues guitarist-vocalist, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All Stars, The Black Crowes, John Hiatt) and longtime Wet Willie vocalist/harpist, Jimmy Hall.