A multi-instrumentalist and composer
Vaylor Trucks comes from a musical family. By age 3, Vaylor had not only appeared on a million selling album cover (The Allman Brothers Band 1973 recording Brothers and Sisters) but had also performed with members of The Allman Brothers Band and other Southern Rock luminaries. Since then, Vaylor has scored student films at FSU and studied with numerous blues, rock, and jazz greats, including Pat Martino and Zoot Horn Rollo (Bill Harkleroad). He has performed with Wet Willie, Frogwings, Artimus Pyle, Derek Trucks, Mike Keneally, Rick Musallam, Bryan Beller, Moonshine Still, Mike Geier (Puddles the Clown), and The Grapes.
In 1998, Vaylor was introduced to drummer Eric Sanders (Fiji Mariners, Gibb Droll, Fozzy, Stuck Mojo) by Col. Bruce Hampton, and to multi-instrumentalist Brooks Smith (The Grapes, Lester’s Farm, Princess Christy and the 13) and founded The Yeti Trio, an underground improvisational jazz-fusion band. In 2001 jambase.com wrote
“Those of you who appreciate… bands like King Crimson and The Mahavishnu Orchestra will eventually become Yeti fans, whether you like it or not.”
In 2005, Vaylor was hired to be the third member of the progressive jam band Bonobos Convergence, founded by two members of the Orlando-based jam band favorite Kynda. In 2006, allaboutjazz.com wrote in their review of the first Bonobos Convergence album (Who’s Chuck Fimp?)
“The third member of the band, Vaylor Trucks… kills on guitar. Whether playing a laid back acoustic or burning like an electric mother a la Tommy Bolin, Trucks is a driving force throughout.”
In April of 2015, Vaylor joined his father Butch Trucks as part of Butch Trucks and Very Special Friends at the 2015 Wanee music festival. In August 2015, Vaylor joined Butch, Luther and Cody Dickinson, Oteil Burbridge, Bill Evans, Bruce Katz, and Berry Duane Oakley as an instructor at the third Roots Rock Revival.
Since, Vaylor has performed with Butch Trucks and Berry Duane Oakley as a member of Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band. In a review of their debut performance at the Paramount Theater in Huntingtin, NY, Roots Rocks and Blues wrote “Playing in his own angular jazz-influenced style (think John McLaughlin / Frank Zappa) Vaylor added a unique fresh take on blues standards and ABB classics.”
Vaylor plays guitar, bass, mandolin, Chapman Stick and analog synthesizer. Vaylor uses analog effects and synthesizers by Moog Music of Asheville, NC.