The 2017 installment of the Wanee Music Festival began on Wednesday at the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. “Wanee Wednesday” climaxed with a tribute to one of the festival’s co-founders, Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks, who died earlier this year.
One of Butch’s post-ABB groups, the Freight Train Band, closed out “Wanee Wednesday” along with special guests including Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson. Butch’s son Vaylor Trucks and daughter Melody Trucks were also on hand for the set honoring their father. Big Mike introduced Vaylor and Melody before Butch’s daughter talked about how important Wanee was to her dad. Watch the emotional introduction and the Freight Train Band’s performance of “Hot’lanta” and “Trouble No More” thanks to Live For Live Music:
The tribute to Butch Trucks came after performances from Crazy Fingers, Ben Sparaco Band, Matt Reynolds and Brothers & Sisters at Wanee. Other songs played during the Butch tribute included “Statesboro Blues” and “Freeway Jam.” Watch fan-shot shoot of each thanks to Warden June: