Bassist Oteil Burbridge has always had his hands in lots of different projects over the years and apparently it’s time for him to cut back. Oteil had decided to stop touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band starting immediately as the band has announced three replacements.
The bassist penned a letter that was posted on the group’s Facebook page…
“After 25 years of intensive touring, I have come to the very difficult decision that I must cut my yearly tour schedule back and will not be able to continue to tour with TTB. This much needed break from heavy touring will allow me to recoup, recharge and address my main priority in life right now, which is to start a family. I have deep love and respect for every member of this band and the music that we have made together, and I’m proud of our many accomplishments over the last three years. I certainly hope that we have music left to make together in the future.”
The band will continue on with three different bassists filling Burbridge’s impossible-to-fill shoes over the next few months. Here’s the TTB’s statement…
“We are sad to see our brother Oteil leave TTB but we want what is best for every member of our family, and we respect Oteil’s decision to make a change. We’ve had many amazing shows and sessions with him over the years, documented by two albums we’re very proud of. We wish Oteil the best and look forward to the next time we can share the stage.
We have reached out to our extended family of musicians and confirmed three great bass players for the fall. Ted Pecchio will play on the shows Oct 18-20. Dave Monsey Oct 27 – Nov 3. And George Porter Jr Nov 27 – Dec 2.”
If anyone one deserves some time to himself, it’s the incredibly hard working Oteil.