I kicked off this little ongoing series of band recommendations a couple weeks back. Today I’d like to add a new band to my list. And again, before I begin, click here, turn up the volume and hit play.
Today’s band is another of my favorites, The Derek Trucks Band. Whereas my previous recommendation was a bluegrass band, Derek Trucks is anything but. For those who don’t know, Derek is the nephew of long-time Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks, and very quickly rose to the obvious heir-apparent to slide guitar great Duane Allman. Derek began performing professionally at age 12 (!), forming the Derek Trucks Band shortly thereafter. A few years ago, he married blues great Susan Tedeschi for a match made in sonic heaven.
Over the years, Derek has played with all sorts of bands other than his own, including a regular spot as slide virtuoso with the Allmans, frequently opposite fellow exceptional guitar hero Warren Haynes, also of Allmans and Gov’t Mule fame. But he really lets loose his unique slide stylings with his own band. The Derek Trucks Band’s music ranges from hard-driving blues to R&B and soul to world music, forming one of the most interesting and unique sounds out there.
I have a hard time describing Derek’s sound, as it is unlike any slide player I have ever heard. The best description is just for you to listen for yourself. I’ll guarantee you’ve never heard anyone play like he does. I don’t hesitate to call him the best guitar player currently going. A couple years ago, Derek and Susan Tedeschi joined up under the floating name of Derek & Susan’s Soul Stew Revival or something similar. If you have an opportunity to get a hold of some of those shows, jump at the chance. Susan is an exceptional musician and performer in her own right, but hearing her belt out some heavy R&B with Derek and the boys backing is simply mind-blowing.
I’ve put a link to both the Derek Trucks Band and Susan Tedeschi’s websites on the sidebar under “A Little Live Music.” Check it out frequently for tour dates. You won’t want to miss the show when either, or both, of them come to town. Enjoy!