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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 06:20 AM

Tue, June 26, 2007

Truckin' alongGenetically gifted guitarist motoring to the top
By DAVID SCHMEICHEL

When your uncle's a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, it only makes sense you're going to grow up with rock 'n' roll in your blood.

But rising guitar hero Derek Trucks -- who at the tender age of 28 can already lay claim to being the youngest entry on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time, plus having shared space with John Mayer and John Frusciante on a recent "Guitar Gods" cover for the same magazine -- seems to have an excess of the stuff coursing through his veins.

In fact, Trucks is such an in-demand commodity he had to bail on his sideman slot with the Eric Clapton tour just weeks before it hit Winnipeg last March, because he'd made a prior commitment to the Allman Brothers Band. That's a pretty sweet dilemma for a 28-year-old to find himself faced with.

"It's the most low-stress problem in the world," says Trucks, who dropped out of the Clapton tour in order to hook up with the Allmans for their annual multi-night stint at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Asked what he loves best about jamming with the band -- his uncle, Butch Trucks is the drummer, and departed guitarist Duane Allman is an obvious inspiration -- Trucks can't help gushing.


"With those guys, there's a certain purity in what they do," he begins. "Mostly, it's about the music being played on stage that night. They have a back catalogue to draw from and everything, but it's mostly about those improvisatory moments that take place on stage. And to see that kind of commitment and fire, even after all these years, it's pretty inspiring ... On a great night, I can really elevate myself. I've had musical moments with them that were as revelatory as anything I've ever experienced."

Trucks is doing his part to keep music a family tradition. He has two kids with wife Susan Tedeschi -- also a singer-guitarist -- and earlier this month, the entire brood hit the road together for the first Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival tour.

"Me and my wife don't get a whole lot of chances to gig together," says Trucks, who often finds himself splitting his time between jazz, blues, or jam-band festivals. "It kind of is our little twisted version of a family vacation, only it's more like a circus."

And speaking of guitar heroes: Has Trucks ever tried his hand at the Playstation game of the same name? And if so, are his real-life gifts a help or a hindrance in the video game realm?

"It goes both ways," Trucks laughs, after admitting he once plowed through the entire game with the help of a bottle of Jack Daniels. "Having good hand-eye co-ordination helps, but actually knowing the songs kind of hurts, because I'll be playing what I think is right, and it's too much for what's the on screen."

Derek Trucks Band

Where: Garrick Centre

When: Thu., June 28

With: Ego Spank

Tickets: $35 @ Ticketmaster

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 08:27 AM
nice thanks...

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 08:42 AM
ahahaha i like the bit about guitar hero

thanks for sharing it!


[Edited on 6/26/2007 by chadwick011]

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 12:52 PM
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"It goes both ways," Trucks laughs, after admitting he once plowed through the entire game with the help of a bottle of Jack Daniels. "Having good hand-eye co-ordination helps, but actually knowing the songs kind of hurts, because I'll be playing what I think is right, and it's too much for what's the on screen."


Agreed. That damn game confuses me.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2007 at 05:34 PM
LOL!!! I'm thinking the guitar hero game would be reduced to smoke in Derek's hands!! (nice article, renee - thanks for sharing!!)

 

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