Derek Trucks confirmed at the end of 2014 that he, along with fellow guitarist Warren Haynes, will be leaving the Allman Brothers, and it turns out he’d been trying to leave the bamd for a long time already.
Trucks tells Rolling Stone, “I’ve been talking about it for years: not wanting to be on the road 300 days a year with kids growing up,” adding, “There’s so much love and loyalty for the band and music that it’s a tough call to make. I’ve given my half-resignation many years in a row. This year it was known that this was going to be it.”
“It’s pretty liberating,” he says. “I think knowing that every show counts is going to make it a pretty special year. I have no idea how it’s all going to shake out in the end, but I want to see this incarnation go out in a full blaze of glory. I want to see it go out with just the best sets we’ve ever played.”
Although Gregg Allman has left the door open for potential reunion shows in the future, Trucks says, “My gut tells me this is it. I’m not one that loves the idea of reunions just for the sake of it. But I don’t want to be the stick-in-the-mud either, so it’s a fine line.”