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|Derek Trucks balances life between families|
Posted by South Jersey News Online November 05, 2007 1:00PM
Derek Trucks grew accustomed to spending the majority of his time on the road touring the country. Nowadays, he is spending more time at home with the kids. 'Doing the domestic things is kind of fun,' says Trucks.
Derek Trucks has always lived for the music. When he was 9, Trucks got his first guitar at a yard sale. When he turned 11, he landed his first playing gig and by 12 he had formed his first band. Today, at a boyish-looking 28 years of age, he is recognized as one of the "Top 100 Guitarists of All Time" by Rolling Stone, forever linking him with such icons as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.
So, what does a young guitar virtuoso who spends the majority of his time away from home touring the world do when he is suddenly sent into fatherhood?
Build a studio in the back yard.
"I had to find a new schedule and adjust to the kids," Trucks said of his 5-year-old son, Charles, and 3-year-old daughter, Sophia. "When you get home, it's the only time you get to write music and figure out what you want to do next."
It's hard to imagine that Trucks is looking to keep busy. Over the past year-and-a-half, he has toured the world with his outfit, The Derek Trucks Band; joined his uncle/drummer Butch Trucks in The Allman Brothers Band and even played side man to Clapton.
Being away from his children and wife (Trucks married blues singer Susan Tedeschi in 2001) for such extended periods of time can grow tiring, but Trucks doesn't like to sit in hotel lobbies wondering what's going on at home.
"It's really tough to keep it fresh ... but, when you are in Macedonia, or Verona, Italy, you get out of your bed early and enjoy the places you are. It's easy to hole up in your room and order room service," he said.
Having been with his core group for more than 10 years, the five other members of The Derek Trucks Band have become his "family" away from home. But, as he and his kids get older, the thought of slowing down does enter into his mind like a chord change.
"It gives me an excuse to be home and get work done. It's part of the long range thinking about having multiple families. I have the kids and my wife, and then the guys who I have been on the road with for 15 years and they are a family. It's amazing and fortunate if you can keep it rolling," Trucks said.
"It's easy to get lost in one direction, life is short. You have to get it all in when you are home. It's a balance, but doing the domestic thing is kind of fun."
One highlight for Trucks came this past July, when he was invited to take part in Clapton's Crossroads Festival -- a day-long concert featuring some of the most revered guitar gods living today -- in Chicago. Despite sharing the bill with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck, it was Trucks who walked away with several accolades.
"Trucks in particular was a revelation, playing blues-based music with sophisticated polyrhythms and inspired instrumentation," a July 30th article in the Chicago Sun-Times read.
Trucks was most impressed by the generosity some of his idols showed him as he soaked the sun-drenched day in. "Certain guys like B.B. King and Hubert Sumlin -- they are larger than life," Trucks said. "And it was really inspiring to see guys that have this praise and have done everything and they still take the time to meet everyone that comes up to them."
Being put in the same category as these living legends in a way is flattering, but not defining of how Trucks views his career. If anything, the praise is a byproduct of doing something that he has loved since he was as tall as his guitar amp.
"On one hand, you'll step back and go, 'I never thought any of this would happen.' But, there's also a part of it, a part that adds a little self doubt," Trucks offered. "Even though you were on the cover of Rolling Stone (next to John Mayer and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante), you were the only one that sold less than 60,000 records.
"If we sold out, we did a bad job," he laughed.
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| posted on 11/9/2007 at 02:32 PM|
|Nice article, Eric - thanks for sharing! |
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