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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 03:21 PM
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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 03:24 PM
Nice article! Thanks for sharing!

 

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  posted on 5/23/2007 at 03:25 PM
Thanks!

Keep on Truckin'

Nancy Nowlin
www.thecornernews.com
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

With five Derek Trucks Band studio albums, a live DVD, and a live album under his belt, 27-year-old guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks has every right to boast and gloat. But that’s just not his style.

The Corner News recently caught up with Trucks, who is on the road touring with The Derek Trucks Band, to find out what it’s like to be one of the best guitarists alive. With a hearty laugh, the ever-humble Trucks says that it feels “pretty funny,” to be named one of “Rolling Stone” magazine’s “New Guitar Gods.”

“It’s just more ammo for my friends to f*%^ with me,” Trucks adds. Trucks’ eclectic sound and distinct tone have earned him the respect of musicians and critics worldwide. Rarely even cracking a smile onstage, Trucks plays slide guitar with a spiritual intensity that resonates in the hearts and feet of his audiences. This statue-like guitar player ironically inspires everyone who hears him to shake what their mamas gave them.

Between touring full-time with The Derek Trucks Band and The Allman Brothers Band (whom Trucks has played guitar with since 1999), Trucks often tours more than 300 days a year. And when you take into consideration his numerous side projects like The Soul Stew Revival (a new venture with wife and fellow rockstar, Susan Tedeschi) and guest tour stints with other guitar legends like Eric Clapton, it’s a wonder Trucks can remember what his own house looks like.

“You keep your road chops up,” says Trucks. And on those rare days when he’s not on the road, Trucks is still taming his Gibson SG custom 1962 reissue.

“When you’re preparing for a tour you spend a lot of time doing your homework,” he says.

Trucks also offered some valuable advice to aspiring guitar gods. “Be patient, and keep plugging away,” he says. “With my band we’ve been on the road for 15 years now. It doesn’t always happen overnight.” The Derek Trucks Band and The Allman Brothers Band have each carved out their niches and have established extensive fan bases in today’s music scene.

“Both of the situations are feeling so comfortable, says Trucks of the chemistries in the two bands. “It’s a fortunate spot to be in.”

Luckily for listeners, that comfort and closeness translates directly to audiences. Fans and critics alike agree that both bands seem to be at the top of their game.

Local musician Wes Martin of October Jenkins has admired Derek Trucks’ guitar work for years.

“He’s so unique,” Martin said. “You hear all these different African and Eastern influences in his music.”

Another local musician, Josh McKenzie of Mark Sweat and the Family band, also admires Trucks’ sound.

“I like his tone and his feel,” McKenzie says. “He has so much soul in his playing.”

In the past, Trucks has cited Duane Allman, Elmore James, Django Reinhardt and John Coltrane to be some of the artists who have influenced his playing style and music. He’s shared the stage with many talented musicians like Bob Dylan, Jimmy Herring, Jack Pearson and Steve Kimock. But there are still plenty of artists Trucks would love to play with.


“I’d love to play with B.B. King,” says Trucks. “Santana and I have talked about playing together, too.”

In June, Trucks will begin touring with Susan Tedeschi in the aforementioned, Soul Stew Revival. Trucks and Tedeschi melt audiences with their well synched guitar work and Susan’s breathtaking, gospel-flavored vocals.

And as easy it would be for any husband and wife duo to get cheesy, Trucks and Tedeschi are far too professional and accomplished to resort to gimmicks. Genuine, mutual love and respect are evident when the two share a stage.

“There are added fireworks,” Trucks says of touring with Tedeschi. Though they’ve collaborated on a few tracks in the past, the two might record their first studio album together in the not-so-distant-future. “I think an album is on down the road.” But before that can materialize, The Derek Trucks Band will record and release a new studio album.


“We’re in the process of writing new material for the next album,” Trucks divulges. “Hopefully within the next two-and-a-half months we’ll be in the studio.”

After the overwhelming success of 2006’s “Songlines” CD and “Songlines Live” DVD, The Derek Trucks Band has its fans waiting on the edge their seats.

The Derek Trucks band will perform this Sunday, May 27, at The Lake Logan Martin Amphitheater in Alexander City, Ala., for Russell Lands Annual Memorial Day Weekend Concert. Also appearing will be Trucks’ fellow Allman Brother Oteil Burbridge with his band, Oteil and the Peacemakers.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

 

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  posted on 5/24/2007 at 09:49 AM
Might be a special guest or two at this. Those who saw DTB both times in Gadsden know who I mean. He's riding down with a local keyboard player.
 
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  posted on 5/24/2007 at 10:00 AM
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Might be a special guest or two at this. Those who saw DTB both times in Gadsden know who I mean. He's riding down with a local keyboard player.

Ike Stubblefield?

 

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  posted on 5/24/2007 at 10:07 AM
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