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The Derek Trucks Band

This past February Rolling Stone magazine dubbed Derek Trucks one of three musicians – along with John Mayer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante – who form a new, youthful triumvirate of guitar gods.

The appointment came with little surprise to anyone who’s been watching Trucks’ career that began catching praise in guitar magazines a decade ago.

Since then, the 28-year-old Florida man has grown from a teen guitar prodigy and Allman Brothers’ legacy – Trucks is the nephew of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks – to a slide guitar master who has Eric Clapton – himself a guitar deity – among his fans.

But in a time when guitarmanship has been muted by the schlocky screech and pop of ringtone anthems and disposable pop radio anthems that fill iPod playlists, it’s easy to wonder if the age of guitar god worship has passed us by.

“As far as the mass popularity of ‘guitar gods,’ that’s a bygone era,” Trucks says.
Then he takes the musical apathy a step further.

“There’s a not a place for musicians in music culture right now,” he says. “It’s definitely a different day. I think a lot of that music that became so classic when it came out would have a hard time surviving (today).”

In some ways, that mindset makes him a perfect headlining act for this weekend’s JazzFest.

The free music festival that fills Yankton Trail Park with jazz, blues and world music is a component of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society’s mission to preserve the vitality and identity of music that’s at risk of becoming fossilized.

“People don’t have an attention span for anything anymore,” Trucks says.

It’s a loaded comment from a guy whose smooth, singing guitarwork regularly swims into minutes-long guitar solos that live and die around the primary melody of a song’s structure.

But Truck’s sentiment seems more aimed at the culture of music that isn’t developing artists over years like it did decades ago. And considering it takes years – maybe decades – for guitar gods don’t rise to power, Trucks’ stance could be more about survival than musical elitism.

Factor in that he’s married to Susan Tedeschi – herself a guitarist who’s playing a Friday night JazzFest set before her husband – and this idea of career preservation becomes more relevant to his livelihood.

“We toured for a long time where I don’t think you could get any less people in the room,” says Trucks about his solo band.

It’s not as depressing. Trucks has matured into a blues and guitarmanship headline act with a dedicated following.

“We’ve had a core audience that’s followed us for a long time through thick and thin so we’re able to play the music we want to play and still put gas in the bus,” Trucks says. “I can’t imagine anything else I’d rather do. You get to travel the world and play music doing it. Even if you’re flat broke it beats doing a regular job.”

 
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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 10:17 AM
Thanks Eric. Its nice to hear an opinion about the music industry today from someone that has been on the road for so long.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 11:55 AM
so sad and so true

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 12:14 PM
Thank you Derek! Great recognition for his fan base, which while is nothing new, is great to hear from time to time.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 12:18 PM
He said one time we were a cult.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 12:30 PM
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He said one time we were a cult.


Didn't you get the memo?

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 12:32 PM
it's framed

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 02:32 PM
Hey Derek, you can come over to England any time you like !! There's plenty of fans here that'll come and see you

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 02:33 PM
Mean Fiddler is still my fav dTb show!

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 02:44 PM
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So this is what it feels like being part of a cult.................................cool.
Just keep that music coming.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 03:26 PM
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My husband said the same thing. hehehehe

OHMMMMMMMMM!!!!

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 04:47 PM
Thanks for posting, Eric!
 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 06:57 PM
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Didn't you get the memo?


Yeah, i got the memo.

and i sent in all my worldly possessions.

so where's my damn kool-aid???

I'm reporting this to the BCB...

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 07:37 PM
LMAO, Now we just need matching jogging suits, and a compound to hide out in!

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 08:22 PM
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umm yea...

Whats the point?

 

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  posted on 7/18/2007 at 09:13 PM

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Hey Eric,
Whats the date for that show?? thanks.

 

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  posted on 7/19/2007 at 07:59 AM
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they'll be there on 10/11 in london. i'm trying to get to that show and hit up some soccer/football as well. i've thought about it and i think i'm a fulham supporter!

 

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  posted on 7/19/2007 at 08:01 AM
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Hey Eric,
Whats the date for that show?? thanks.


Here you go!

I have been speaking about this show since it happened. Now I can spread he magic of this night.


Derek Trucks Band @ Mean Fiddler






Derek Trucks Band
May 24th, 2006
Mean Fiddler
London, England

Joyful Noise
Volunteer Slavery
I’ll Find My Way
Crow Jane
Sahib Teri
I wish I knew
Blind Crippled & Crazy
Mahjoun/Greensleeves
Let’s Go Get Stoned
All I Do
Leavin Trunk
Up Above My Head
For My Brother
Feel So Bar – With Susan T.

1st Encore
The Weight with Susan T.

2nd encore
Hook and Sling


JNB from Hittin the Note wrote the following

London got a great introduction to the Derek Trucks Band tonight - it was premo dTb! Derek was hot and the rest of the band was right there with him. Most of Clapton’s band was on hand to check out the buzz – their eyes and ears and smiles registering the full impact of his talents. Scattered throughout the packed house were some of London’s finest local musicians as well, who were also very clued in to what this band had to say. The audience was wonderful - so quiet during the soft notes that Derek went on and on and then brought them back up to full wails in breathless, spiraling circles – the crowd going nuts at the climax of the solos.

I really loved Derek’s playing with Clapton last night – I was so very moved…but I also wanted more – I always do with Derek - so seeing this show gave me the full dose that I needed. It also makes me realize how lucky we are to get him in the Allman Brothers and his own band and how the rest of the world is going to get introduced to him via Clapton. What a treat they have in store!

There were times during the lengthy jams at the end of “For My Brother” that you could hear the strong influence of 1960/70 Muscle Shoals – it was R&B by the dTb! Susan Tedeschi Trucks had the crowd in the palms of her hand during “Feel So Bad” and “The Weight.” The call and response of Susan’s voice and Derek’s soulful slide brought the audience to their knees and then to a frenzied peak! It was exhilarating – did I tell you how much fun I had?!


 

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  posted on 7/19/2007 at 08:03 AM
At the end of "Feel So Bad" Susan was doing vocals and Derek was matching perfectly. Awesome. The a 12 minute "The Weight" left me breathless!

 

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  posted on 7/19/2007 at 10:06 AM
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Yes.....The Church of the Holy Note

 

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