Oteil Burbridge is one of the most respected bass players on the Southern music scene. He is an original member of the cult band Aquarium Rescue Unit led my Col. Bruce Hampton, who are regrouping for a reunion tour this summer. He was the original bass player in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and he received a Grammy lifetime achievement award for his 17 year stint with the legendary Allman Brothers Band.
He departed the TTB in order to start a family and he is now the very proud father of a healthy baby boy. To spend more time with his family he is selective about touring and has really been mixing it up these past few years.
If you’ve listened to my interviews with John Scofield, Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, and Jeff Sipe you know his name has come up several times. He is all about the music and it was a treat to finally talk to the man himself.
Aquarium Rescue Unit with guests Kofi Burbridge on flute and Chuck Leavell on piano
Roosevelt Collier, Derrick Lee, Kofi Burbridge, Oteil Burbridge & Anthony Cole
Oteil in the movie Being There with Peter Sellers — he appears about 4 minutes into the clip.
Oteil on Studio Jams #7 doing “Butter Biscuit”
Oteil with the ABB
BB King & Bobby Blue Bland mentioned in the interview
Kofi & Oteil join Soulive on stage
Jaco Pastorius – Bass Solo Montreal Jazz Festival 80
Joni Mitchell & Jaco mentioned by Oteil
In 2012 I caught up with Chuck again after he received a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, and released Back To The Woods, his tribute CD to the early blues piano players with guest appearances by John Mayer and Keith Richards.