Guitar heroes Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks have both announced that they’ll be leaving the Allman Brothers Band at the end of the year. Haynes has been in the band’s guitar chair for the past 25 years, while Trucks is a 15-year veteran of the band. Both are leaving to devote more time to their own bands (Gov’t Mule and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, respectively), as well as solo projects. Will they be making one final farewell tour stop with ABB at SPAC this summer?
Veteran horn-fueled Bay Area band Tower of Power is already booked at SPAC this summer (sharing the bill with Journey and the Steve Miller Band on Saturday, June 14), but the band has made a major line-up change since the SPAC concert was announced. ToP kicked off the new year with a new voice, as vocalist Ray Greene stepped up to the microphone on New Year’s Eve, making his official debut as ToP’s new lead singer, replacing Larry Braggs who held the slot for the past 13 years.
And the multi-talented Dom Flemons has parted ways with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who are slated to step into the spotlight at The Egg in Albany on Wednesday, April 2 with their new line-up. Hubby Jenkins (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and sole remaining original member Rhiannon Giddens (fiddle, banjo, vocals) will carry on the band’s black string band sound with new recruits – cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett.