The Allman Brothers Band has reached a number of major turning points during its decades together. 2014 started with rumors the legendary Southern Rock group was on the verge of losing its bass player Oteil Burbridge to the Zac Brown Band. Within a couple of days of that departure getting debunked, two other members have announced that they are leaving the group. The official announcement came via statements released guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on Wednesday (1/8). Haynes, who hooked up with the band in 1989 as a touring guitarist wih no promises of being invited to become a full time member, called his 25 year run with the group '...an amazing experience' and added that he looks forward to continuing the, '...friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members'. Trucks, who joined the band at the age of 19 wrote that the call he got inviting him to join the band 15 years ago '...was out of the blue and felt surreal' and called himself '...proud to have made a small contribution to the masterful music they have created over the past forty years.' Both guitarists plan to continue their respective other bands, Haynes with Gov't Mule and Trucks with his wife, Susan, in the Tedeschi-Trucks Band. Both will also apparently remain with the group for its 45th Anniversary concert dates this year.
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