Melinda Trucks is the widow of drummer Butch Trucks, her husband best known for his association with the Allman Brothers Band, died of an apparent suicide on January 24, 2017. He was 69.
Melinda’s husband was born Claude “Butch” Trucks on May 11, 1947. Butch was an original founding member, and drummer, of the Allman Brothers Band and performed on many of the bands classic albums.
He played with the band all the way until they disbanded in 2014. He was considered by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 10 drummers in rock history
In 2015 he formed the Butch Trucks and The Freight Train band -receiving rave reviews for their fantastic live shows from their four US tours.
Butch is survived by his wife Melinda Trucks, four children and four grandchildren.
Trucks was married to Melinda Trucks, with whom he had two children, for more than 40 years.
He also had two children from a previous marriage and four grandchildren.
Melinda Trucks was a devoted wife and mother. She traveled with Butch due to extensive touring engagements.
But Melinda Trucks is much more then the wife of a famed musician. She is an acclaimed artist.
Melinda was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. She’s had at least two one-woman shows, and has exhibited at the Ritter Art Gallery at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.
She maintains a studio in Sauve, France.
Melinda has also served residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, FL.
She holds a B.S. Art Education from the University of Tennessee, College of Fine Arts. She earned a master’s degree in painting at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
She is the mother of Butch younger children, Elise and Seth Trucks. (Both pictured below next to their father.)
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Seth Truck 39, resides in Delray Beach, Florida. Elise Trucks 35, studied art at Columbia University in 2007. She also has a doctoral degree from SUNY Binghamton. She’s worked as a graduate teaching assistant and as a Adjunct Professor at University of Tampa.
Melinda’s husband was also the father of two children from a previous marriage. His oldest children are Melody and Vaylor Trucks. (Pictured below)
Melody is a Jacksonville, Florida resident. She is also into music.
Vaylor Trucks is a multi-instrumentalist and composer and is known as a member of Bonobos Convergence, and the Yeti Trio with a sound that covers jazz, funk, and rock.
We send our condolences.