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Derek Trucks calls him "The Michael Jordan of the bass." That's probably the best place to start. For, although Oteil and the Peacemakers is made up of incredibly talented musicians the music and the story always come back to Grammy-nominated Oteil Burbridge. Burbridge has always been in demand as a session and live sideman -- recently, he was simultaneously a member of six different bands! His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991, when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, a legendary jam outfit that still does the occasional reunion gig. He is probably best known, though, for his membership in The Allman Bros. Band since 1997. He was an immediate success with ABB fans, earning raves for his six string bass version of "Little Martha." His work with the band also earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2004 and in 2005. Along the way, he found time to collaborate with Phish's Paige McConnell and The Funky Meters' Russell Battiste on the jam unit Vida Blue and to replace the late Allen Woody in Gov't Mule. Burbridge has dropped all of his side projects recently, preferring to focus on the Allman Bros. and Oteil and the Peacemakers. A reduced Allmans Bros. schedule in 2006 will leave him with plenty of time on his hands, which he intends to fill with as many Peacemakers gigs as possible.

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