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  posted on 5/18/2007 at 10:01 AM
Q&A: How would Derek truck spend his last day on Earth?
By SAMANTHA SPECTOR
FOR THE JOURNAL NEWS



Derek Trucks has spent his life on the road; how that road has been traveled, however, is a different story altogether. From fifteen passenger vans to private jets, from luxury suites to moth-eaten motels, Trucks has already played more shows, sat in on more albums and cut more tracks than many artists do in their entire careers.

This year will see Trucks give Warren Haynes a run for the title of "Busiest Man in Rock 'n' Roll." After the set in Peekskill, the Derek Trucks Band will continue their tour of the East Coast before Trucks heads West to perform with his wife, singer Sue Tedeschi. Toward the end of the summer, he'll join The Allman Brothers Band for a string of dates before heading overseas with his own band (his brother, drummer Duane, plans on joining that tour.)

You're a seasoned vet in this business. What's your most vivid "rock star" moment?

We were on the Clapton tour and his amenities were crazy. He would have a private jet and all the luxurious things almost nobody can afford, you know? So we were on the jet last year flying from Denmark to Copenhagen and it was my 27th birthday. Anyway, from somewhere on this thing, they produced a cake.

Let me tell you, having Eric Clapton sing you "Happy Birthday" while on his private jet. That's pretty good.

I know you were overseas most of last summer, but were you aware how hard they advertised the "Derek and Eric" show?

No, I didn't know that. That's so strange, to hear they were throwing my name in there.

What do you think about being labeled a "protégé?"

There's definitely a culture and musical situation where somebody actually does take you on as a student. But it's quite different than how that word gets thrown around most of the time. I mean to be honest, I was just another guy in the band. Being on tour with him was incredible, but protégé? I don't know about that.

I know you hate the labels, but even you have to admit that your work ethic and touring schedule mirrors Haynes (who plays with The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead and his own band, Gov't Mule). How do you manage to be in three bands and have a young family and, well, maintain your sanity?

It's funny because this year I had a unique perspective on my career. I was touring in three different groups and saw three different extremes and three different points in their career. The Allmans travel pretty well but Clapton is on a whole different level. My group is better than it has ever been, but it's still at the lower end of it ... Motel 6s and whatnot."

Through everything I've been a part of I have realized it's the same issues: the same highs and lows ... . At the end of the day, it's how happy everyone is and how they are feeling about what is going on onstage. It's not more complicated than that and I feel like that's refreshing, you know, to see that no matter where you're at, it's the music that counts.

OK , so on these tours, what are the five things you cannot live without?

When I'm traveling? That's simple. Guitar, laptop, good set of headphones, a book and some clean clothes.

If this was the last day you had on Earth, how would you spend it?

Now with young kids [a daughter, 2, and son, 5], it makes that question really simple. I would spend the day hangin' with them, chasing them around. They're young, so everything is the most exciting thing in the world. At the end of that day, I'm gonna put the kids to bed, give 'em a kiss. You know, normal things.

 

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  posted on 5/18/2007 at 10:09 AM
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At the end of that day, I'm gonna put the kids to bed, give 'em a kiss. You know, normal things.




Beautiful! God bless him & Susan both, may they both always be there to tuck their kids in....

 

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  posted on 5/18/2007 at 10:12 AM
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Let me tell you, having Eric Clapton sing you "Happy Birthday" while on his private jet. That's pretty good.
Very cool!
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If this was the last day you had on Earth, how would you spend it?
Now with young kids [a daughter, 2, and son, 5], it makes that question really simple. I would spend the day hangin' with them, chasing them around. They're young, so everything is the most exciting thing in the world. At the end of that day, I'm gonna put the kids to bed, give 'em a kiss. You know, normal things.
As it should be - Derek has his priorities straight (just another reason I admire him so. )

Thanks for sharing, Eric!

 

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  posted on 5/18/2007 at 11:30 AM
He's not just a guitar monster, but a classy young man to boot.
 

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  posted on 5/18/2007 at 01:24 PM
Excellent !!!!!! Thanks for that.

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  posted on 5/18/2007 at 01:28 PM


 

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  posted on 5/19/2007 at 08:49 PM
What a great interview, shows how he keeps everything in perspective: when my 3 children were growing up, my world revolved around them! Now, I relish in their adult experiences, knowing they're good people but all three very different. Derek, it's awesome that you have that perspective at such a young age!
 

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  posted on 5/19/2007 at 10:35 PM

Another supreme Derek moment! How proud we are of this young man ...

 

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