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  posted on 4/21/2006 at 11:11 PM
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Eric Clapton gets a new Derek in slide guitarist
Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:13 AM ET



By Randall Mikkelsen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In 1970, Eric Clapton joined Duane Allman and three other musicians as Derek and the Dominos to record one of rock-and-roll's masterwork albums, "Layla and other Assorted Love Songs."

Now, Clapton has a new Derek.

Derek Trucks, a 26-year-old slide guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band and leader of his own critically praised group, is to join Clapton's band on a European tour starting on May 5 that many fans hope will rekindle some of the Derek and the Dominos magic.

The tour also marks another step in Trucks' evolution from an upstart blues player who shared stages with the Allman Brothers and Bob Dylan at age 11, to a musician critics including Rolling Stone magazine call one of the best guitarists of his generation, with influences ranging from Indian classical music to jazz visionary Sun Ra.

Clapton, who reunited with his blues-rock band Cream last year, is giving few clues about this tour, and Trucks says he doesn't expect a Derek and the Dominos revival.

But Trucks, who was named after the group and whose slide style has been likened to Allman's, has dusted off tunes from "Layla," for his own band just in case.

"In a way it was kind of a warm-up, or at least to get those tunes back in my head," Trucks said of the "Layla" songs.

"I think maybe we'll do a few tunes from that period and that record, but it's an Eric Clapton tour," he said in an interview before a recent concert.

Two of the original Derek and the Dominos members -- Allman and Carl Radle -- are dead. A third, Jim Gordon, developed schizophrenia and was imprisoned after killing his mother in 1983.

Trucks began playing a yard-sale guitar at age 9. His father, Chris, a brother of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, chaperoned him through the rock-music world and taught him to avoid its excesses. Still youthful looking, Trucks is cherub-faced with long blond hair usually worn in a ponytail.

Intent on developing his own style, he said he stopped listening to blues guitarists for long periods and instead paid attention to singers, horn players and Indian classical music.

Trucks is a meticulous player. He does not use a pick, and his slide notes slice and shimmer through vintage amplifiers, unmodified by the effects pedals favored by many electric guitarists.

DEVOTIONAL MUSIC

On Songlines, the new CD by his group, The Derek Trucks Band, original tracks include the rocking "Revolution," and there are reggae, soul and blues standards, as well as a song based on Islamic "qawwali" devotional tunes.

"I felt in some ways that this record "Songlines" was going to be a breaking out of the band. It's going to turn a lot of people onto the group that were completely unfamiliar with it, and I think having the qawwali tune is a big part of what the band does and we wanted to showcase it that way," Trucks said.

Trucks says a key mentor was the experimental jazz-rock performer Col. Bruce Hampton.

"He turned me onto (John Coltrane's) "A Love Supreme," and Sun Ra and just all these great records -- right when I needed it," Trucks said. "He takes musicians that have natural ability and just kind of shatters everything they thought about music, and then you pick up the pieces and then you figure out that there's a whole new world out there."

Music is a family business for Trucks, who is based in Jacksonville, Florida. Besides playing in the Allmans with his uncle, he is married to blues singer Susan Tedeschi. The keyboard player in his band, Kofi Burbridge, is brother to Allmans bassist Oteil Burbridge. "It's important to have people around that you actually give a damn about," he said.

The Derek Trucks Band's roots go back to 1994. Its first CD was in 1997.

The New York Times, which gave a generally favorable review to "Songlines," suggested Trucks' talents were outpacing his bandmates'. "If I felt that way personally, I probably would have moved on , but I feel like there's a lot of music to be made with this group," Trucks said.

HARLEY DEALERSHIP

Last winter the band played posh concert halls. In April, it played a Harley Davidson dealership. "When you play in a Harley dealership you don't play the Indian classical tunes or the straight-ahead jazz tunes," he joked.

Trucks doesn't sing: He leaves that to bandmate Mike Mattison. In performance he is a figure of concentration, revealing only an occasional grin.

"When you're on stage and focusing ... You're hypercritical. You want to be able to listen back to a tape and not just be horrified by what I hear," he said.

"There are actually times where you can actually watch yourself and the band play, like you're almost stepping away from it," he said. "And then you suddenly come back and there's a few wrong notes on the way back. On a great night, you're a spectator too."

Rolling Stone in 2003 named Trucks to its top-100 list of guitar greats. He was the youngest to join legends including Clapton and Allman. But Trucks acknowledges the era of iconic guitar heroes has passed. "I think probably for the better. Not many that were held up in that status survived it," he said.

 

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  posted on 4/21/2006 at 11:16 PM
That's an outstanding article - still waiting for those U.S. tour dates to emerge - come on Eric, we know you read this board, release the damn dates

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 12:13 AM
Article much appreciated Derek ! Thank you.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 12:33 AM
Thanks for the GREAT read, DerekFromCincinnati

I'm hoping to tour dates in the US....

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 01:30 AM
i didn't know that about Jim Gordon...i love his voice...very very powerful.
 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 03:35 AM
One hell of a read! Derek has a way with words!
Thanks for posting this cool article.

Can't wait 'till the first of june.....

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 04:05 AM
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I hope he never changes his lineup. I would not mine seeing a second drummer and maybe another guitar player in the future.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 07:10 AM
i'm hoping to take my 11 yr old son to see eric when he hits these shores... he seems to pause whenever i have eric on in the house and he has an interest in blues music...which i find a little cool seeing as to what other 11 yr olds are listening too these days.. his other to bands that he seems to really dig are the beatles and the clash...
 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 08:12 AM
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I hope he never changes his lineup. I would not mine seeing a second drummer and maybe another guitar player in the future.



Believe Count M'Butu is playing percussion with the band now a days. As for another guitarist, I would prefer not. Now if Ron Holloway, a great sax player, who frequently sits in with both the Derek Trucks Band and the Allman Brothers Band, among others (Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, ect) was asked to join, now I would think that would be a good addition.

btw, nice article Derek, thanks for posting it.

 
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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 08:44 AM
Please Clapton. U.S DATES!!!! Great article too, thanks.
 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 08:50 AM
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i'm hoping to take my 11 yr old son to see eric when he hits these shores... he seems to pause whenever i have eric on in the house and he has an interest in blues music...which i find a little cool seeing as to what other 11 yr olds are listening too these days.. his other to bands that he seems to really dig are the beatles and the clash...


Well Jeffs, your kid got's equisite taste !
My son is getting 11 in september and his taste is kinda......well euh.....
Shall we swap?

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 09:25 AM
[img]But Trucks, who was named after the group [Derek and the Dominoes] and whose slide style has been likened to Allman's, has dusted off tunes from "Layla," for his own band just in case.
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I had never heard that. Is it true?


I also have an eleven-year old boy. I can't seem to get him into the ABB, GD, blues, or jazz, but he's really into vitage Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, and Genesis (he's got his own little collection), so he's half-way there.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 09:57 AM
Maybe we should rename this thread “What does your 10-11 year old listen to”?

My daughter has always loved the Beatles.

But of her generation she listens to Green Day, Black Eyed Peas, Freaky Friday soundtrack, and Shreck soundtrack.

I generally don’t play much of “my music” around the house when the family is around, but the few times I have ask her to listen to “my stuff” like Cream, Dylan, Neil Young, Doors, ABB, Coltrane, or Monk, she has said its boring or weird.

But I think it’s a rebellion thing, because if I’m in the kitchen with “my music” on, and she hears it, I catch her whistling and bopping around.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 11:46 AM
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I had never heard that. Is it true?

Half-true, probably less. A family friend was the main reason for the name.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 01:23 PM
There is an excellent feature in today's (London) Times magazine.

It says that EC will be "criss-crossing" the US later this year and will be going to Japan and Australia too.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 02:01 PM
Excellent read, Derek!
You do spoil us over here with lots of good stuff.

I'm currently listening to our almost 11 y/o learning to play Wish You Were Here on his little blue Squire Bullet.

Our kids have and listen to some stuff we would never buy for ourselves. Oddly enough, the stuff they insist on learning to play is more closely related to what they've gotten to see live.
Ian even decided to take up saxophone after spending an evening watching Ron Holloway from a front row perspective.
Guys, take your kids with you to as many shows as you can afford. They glean much more than you realize through simple osmosis. It's the most beautiful education you can ever give your children.
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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 02:09 PM
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Believe Count M'Butu is playing percussion with the band now a days. As for another guitarist, I would prefer not.


I understand that Count M'Butu is the percussion player. I was referring to adding another drummer that could complement Yonrico and M'Butu. It would be similar to what the ABB has done. As for the another guitarist, I would like to see a jazz rhythm player complement Derek's playing.

 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 04:13 PM
Would another drummer and another guitarist not make the dtb sound too much like the ABB? I mean, one of the things I love about Gregg Allman and Friends, the Mule and dtb is how different from each other they all sound - GAAF is more soul, Mule a bit more rock edged, and dtb just...different, and the Bros kinda pull it all together.


 

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  posted on 4/22/2006 at 04:33 PM
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Maybe we should rename this thread “What does your 10-11 year old listen to”?

My daughter has always loved the Beatles.

But of her generation she listens to Green Day, Black Eyed Peas, Freaky Friday soundtrack, and Shreck soundtrack.

I generally don’t play much of “my music” around the house when the family is around, but the few times I have ask her to listen to “my stuff” like Cream, Dylan, Neil Young, Doors, ABB, Coltrane, or Monk, she has said its boring or weird.

But I think it’s a rebellion thing, because if I’m in the kitchen with “my music” on, and she hears it, I catch her whistling and bopping around.



My 7 1/2 year old asked me to burn her a CD mix with three groups: The Beatles, The Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule.

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