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  posted on 1/15/2016 at 10:34 AM
Not much new, but last paragraph is interesting...

Headline: Derek Trucks on new album and life after Allman Brothers

BYLINE: Wade Tatangelo
Sarasota Herald Tribune (Florida)

The king and queen of the jam band and blues scene, soul singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her guitar hero husband Derek Trucks, are launching another busy year of international touring by again headlining the Sunshine Music Festival starting Saturday in St. Pete. Their Grammy-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, a 12-piece ensemble featuring gifted harmony vocalists and horn players, will be performing material off the new album "Let Me Get By," due out January 29. It marks Trucks' first TTB album since his 15-year run with the Allman Brothers Band ended with the group's retirement. Here are highlights from our recent interview with Trucks, who called from the couple's Jacksonville home.

Q: The singles "Don't Know What It Means" and "Anyhow" from "Let Me Get By" both have this wonderful timeless quality to them, like lost soul nuggets produced by Jerry Wexler (who lived for years on Siesta Key before his death in 2008)...
A: Thank you, I'm a fan. I met Wexler not too far from Sarasota at a Thai restaurant. It was me and my dad and I think he recognized my dad for looking like (Derek's uncle, Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks). I was thrilled to meet him and that era still influences us, even when we're buying gear and getting all the pre-production stuff ready.

Q: How did the dynamic change with you in the producer role for the first time on this album?
A: I think this one just felt more like it was self-produced by the whole band here (in Jacksonville). All the writing was done with the band and everyone was here from the genesis for this record. It made it feel organic because it was all happening from the inside.

Q: What was the inspiration for the tribute to Joe Cocker's classic live album "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" that you guys performed in September at the Lockn' Festival?
A: When we were first putting (TTB) together we were watching that concert footage and it inspired me and Susan to put this huge band together. Then a year and a half or two years ago Lockn' asked us about maybe connecting with Joe Cocker and we had been in touch with him and his camp and then the trail went cold and he got sick and passed away. Then, we were asked about doing it as a Cocker tribute. At first, we didn't know, but then we reached out to Leon Russell (the musical director on the "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" tour). Once he was in then it felt right and all of the original cast was gung ho. That was a special few days of rehearsal and then the show.

Q: I'll admit to hearing a recording that's circulating online and you guys were amazing. Any official release planned?
A: There's talk about it. But there are so many of those songs by other artists like The Beatles, getting clearance could be tough. But it was all filmed and recorded well.

Q: Are you still going to be performing any of that "Mad Dogs" material in St. Pete?
A: We kept a handful of those tunes in rotation. They're just so much fun to play and it's hard to let all that go. We still do "The Letter," "Delta Lady," "Something," "Bird on the Wire" and maybe "With A Little Help From My Friends."

Q: (Sarasota County resident) Dickey Betts is apparently retired from touring now but did you reach out to him at all about the Sunshine Music Festival?
A: I haven't yet but I'm just kind of getting geared up for this tour and I will always maintain a good relationship with Dickey. We saw his son Duane at Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam and tried to reach out to him.

Q: You said a couple years ago you would be interested in doing one more Allman Brothers album, if everyone could collaborate. If Gregg called now would you be interested?
A: I think that moment has passed. You have to do that when you're touring and living together. I'm certain with the musicianship it could be good but it wouldn't be honest. It's not something I would jump at.

Q: How about an Allman Brothers reunion show, especially one that included Betts?
A: I think my days are done with that. I don't know. The last show felt so legit and right. If Dickey was there it would make more sense definitely but then you've got him and Warren or Jack Pearson and you don't need three guitarists. But, if Dickey specifically asked me it would be a different trip.

 
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  posted on 1/15/2016 at 01:25 PM
I just read this and found the comments about another album and another show fairly telling. I don't think Gregg and Derek have played the same festivals since the "last" show

 

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  posted on 1/15/2016 at 02:15 PM
Regardless of where you stand on this topic, I agree with Derek, we have to let this go. I mean the main characters in this play are all approaching, or in their seventh decades. it was an awesome ride...

...but it is done.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2016 at 03:36 PM
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I just read this and found the comments about another album and another show fairly telling. I don't think Gregg and Derek have played the same festivals since the "last" show


I saw Derek sit in with Gregg's band on "Southbound" encore last summer at Vibes - both bands played the same day. I imagine they are fine, I wouldn't read into any of this other than Derek is enjoying the freedom to concentrate on one band, HIS band (and his family).

 

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  posted on 1/16/2016 at 10:10 AM
Derek continues to impress me with the way he handles these questions about an ABB reunion. It's irritated me to no end how journalists (and fans) have been clamoring for an ABB "reunion" since the moment they left the stage at the last Beacon show, when it's been painfully obvious that at least Warren, Derek and Gregg have their musical interests directed elsewhere. Regrouping ABB is the furthest thing from their minds right now. It's unprofessional on the part of the journalists and selfish and unrealistic on the part of the fans. In any case, I appreciate how Derek (and Warren) continue to answer these questions with grace and class, when by all rights they could tell some of these interviewers to go f--- themselves.
 

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  posted on 1/16/2016 at 05:38 PM
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Regardless of where you stand on this topic, I agree with Derek, we have to let this go. I mean the main characters in this play are all approaching, or in their seventh decades. it was an awesome ride...

...but it is done.

 

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  posted on 1/17/2016 at 05:57 AM
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Derek continues to impress me with the way he handles these questions about an ABB reunion. It's irritated me to no end how journalists (and fans) have been clamoring for an ABB "reunion" since the moment they left the stage at the last Beacon show, when it's been painfully obvious that at least Warren, Derek and Gregg have their musical interests directed elsewhere. Regrouping ABB is the furthest thing from their minds right now. It's unprofessional on the part of the journalists and selfish and unrealistic on the part of the fans. In any case, I appreciate how Derek (and Warren) continue to answer these questions with grace and class, when by all rights they could tell some of these interviewers to go f--- themselves.


Think how The Beatles must of felt until John's death in 1980 then George's in 2001.

 

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  posted on 1/17/2016 at 06:18 AM
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Derek continues to impress me with the way he handles these questions about an ABB reunion. It's irritated me to no end how journalists (and fans) have been clamoring for an ABB "reunion" since the moment they left the stage at the last Beacon show, when it's been painfully obvious that at least Warren, Derek and Gregg have their musical interests directed elsewhere. Regrouping ABB is the furthest thing from their minds right now. It's unprofessional on the part of the journalists and selfish and unrealistic on the part of the fans. In any case, I appreciate how Derek (and Warren) continue to answer these questions with grace and class, when by all rights they could tell some of these interviewers to go f--- themselves.


Excellent observation. Fully agree!

 

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