Butch Trucks & The Freight Train stormed through New York City last night, making their debut at B.B. King’s in Times Square. The band, who consists of bassist Berry Oakley Jr., guitarist Vaylor Trucks, keys-master Bruce Katz, rising star guitarist and vocalist Heather Gillis, was joined by young guitarist Ben Sparaco, blues master Junior Mack, and 13-year-old Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. Led by the original Allman Brothers drummer, and with plenty of ABB blood on stage, the band kept it family-oriented with some covers and originals for a two-hour set. Toward the end of the night, Niederauer made his way over to the club straight from one of eight performances he’ll have this week at the Winter Garden Theatre, where he plays the lead role of Zack Mooneyham in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock The Musical. The teenager was excited to play with Trucks again, as they’d met four years ago at the Allman Brothers / Southern Rock-inspired Music Masters Camp called Roots Rock Revival. It was at that camp that Niederauer was introduced to many people who would lead the way for his musical career.Watch Niederauer jump in and rip Les McCann and Eddie Harris‘s “Compared To What”, then stick around for the ABB classic, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, along with some more highlights from the show, courtesy of Scott Gibson:Compared To What feat. Brandon NiederauerIn Memory of Elizabeth Reed feat. Brandon NiederauerStatesboro Blues feat. Junior MackBruce Katz OriginalOphelia, feat. Astrid Trucks (Vaylor’s daughter, Butch’s granddaughter)Butch Trucks & The Freight Train will be hitting Fairfield, CT on Thursday night. Catch the band in a city near you!
"Watch Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer Rip With Allman Brothers’ Butch Trucks & The Freight Train"