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Derek Trucks
Derek Trucks slide-Allman Bros Band 2009.jpgDerek Trucks with slide guitar in 2009
Background information
Born(1979-06-08) June 8, 1979 (age 37)
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
GenresBlues rock, Southern rock, jam rock, world music, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, sarod
Years active1990–present
LabelsColumbia, Legacy Recordings
Associated actsThe Allman Brothers Band
The Derek Trucks Band
Soul Stew Revival
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Notable instruments
Gibson SG '61 Reissue

Derek Trucks (born June 8, 1979) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and founder of the Grammy Award-winning[1] The Derek Trucks Band. He played with The Allman Brothers Band, and became an official member in 1999. In 2010, his wife, blues singer Susan Tedeschi, and he formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band. His musical style encompassses several genres and he has twice appeared on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He is the nephew of The Allman Brothers Band drummer, Butch Trucks.


  • 1 Biography
    • 1.1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Merging talents
  • 4 Musical style
  • 5 Reception
  • 6 Personal life
  • 7 Discography
    • 7.1 With the Derek Trucks Band
    • 7.2 With the Allman Brothers Band
    • 7.3 With The Tedeschi Trucks Band
    • 7.4 Collaborations
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early life

Trucks was born in Jacksonville, Florida. According to Trucks, the name of Eric Clapton's band, Derek and the Dominos, had "something to do with the name [Derek] if not the spelling".[2]

Trucks bought his first guitar at a yard sale for $5 at age nine and became a child prodigy, who played his first paid performance at age 11.[3][4] Trucks began playing the guitar using a slide because it allowed him to play the guitar despite his small, young hands.[5] By his 13th birthday, Trucks had played alongside Buddy Guy[6] and gone on tour with Thunderhawk.[4][7]


Trucks formed The Derek Trucks Band in 1996, and[3][8] by his 20th birthday, he had played with such artists as Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, and Stephen Stills.[9] After performing with The Allman Brothers Band for several years as a guest musician, Trucks became a formal member of the band in 1999[3] and appeared on the albums Peakin' at the Beacon, Live at the Beacon Theatre, Hittin' the Note and One Way Out. In 2006 Trucks began a studio collaboration with Eric Clapton called The Road to Escondido and performed with three bands in 17 different countries that year.[3] Trucks was invited to perform at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival, and after the festival, he toured as part of Clapton's band.[3][10]

Merging talents

Trucks built a studio in his home in January 2008, and his band and he recorded the album Already Free.[11] Trucks and his wife, Susan Tedeschi, combined their bands to form the Soul Stew Revival in 2007 and performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in June 2008.[11][12][13][14][14] In late 2009, Trucks and his band went on hiatus, after which the band dissolved. In 2010, Trucks formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife.[15][16][17] On January 8, 2014, Trucks announced that he and fellow guitarist Warren Haynes planned to leave the Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014.[18] That band subsequently announced its retirement, with Trucks playing as a member of it through their final show on October 28, 2014,, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Musical style

Trucks credits guitarist Duane Allman and blues man Elmore James as the two slide guitarists who influenced his early style, but has since been inspired by John Lee Hooker,[19] Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wayne Shorter, Toy Caldwell, Freddie King and B.B. King.[19][20][21]

His music is said to encompass categories such as jam band, Southern rock, and jazz[22] while simultaneously being rooted in the blues and rock genres.[23] Trucks plays an eclectic blend of blues, soul, jazz, rock, qawwali music (a genre of music from Pakistan and eastern India), Latin music, and other kinds of world music[24] Trucks became a fan of Hindustani classical musician Ali Akbar Khan, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod and popularising Indian classical music in the West, often in conjunction with sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. Trucks studied at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California.[25][26]

Trucks often plays the guitar in an open E tuning,[27] using a Dunlop Blues Bottle slide.[10] In 2006, two vintage (1965 and 1968) Fender Super Reverb amplifiers, a Hammond B-3 organ, two Leslie speaker cabinets, and a Hohner E-7 clavinet were stolen from Trucks and later recovered by the Atlanta police department.[8]


Trucks has appeared twice in Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[24][28][29] He was listed as 81st in 2003 and 16th in 2011. An article in The Wall Street Journal described him as "the most awe-inspiring electric slide guitar player performing today".[26] In 2007, Trucks appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone for an article called the "New Guitar Gods".[20][dead link] Trucks is reported to be a creative guitarist and according to his uncle, Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, "He never does the same thing twice".[30] An article in The Washington Post described Trucks' guitar style as "notes and chords that soar, slice, and glide, sounding like a cross between Duane Allman on a '61 Gibson Les Paul and John Coltrane on tenor sax".[31] The Derek Trucks Band's album Already Free debuted at number 19 on the Billboard Top 200 chart,[32] and number one on the Internet chart, number four on the rock chart, and number one on the blues chart.[11][32]

In 2010, The Derek Trucks Band won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for the album Already Free. In 2012, Trucks and Tedeschi as the Tedeschi Trucks Band won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album for the band's debut album Revelator.[33] On February 12, 2012, Trucks accepted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award along with 10 other members of The Allman Brothers Band.[34][35] On February 21, 2012, Derek Trucks and his wife joined other blues musicians for a performance at the White House for President Obama and his guests.[36]

In September 2012, John Mayer and Derek Trucks joined B.B. King on stage at the Hollywood Bowl for an encore version of B.B.'s famous song "Guess Who". Concluding the performance, B.B. King made several remarks about Trucks's guitar playing, ending with, "That is as good as I've ever heard it".

Personal life

Main article: Trucks family

Trucks' uncle, Butch Trucks, was a founding member and drummer of The Allman Brothers Band. His younger brother is Duane Trucks, who is a member of Widespread Panic and Hard Working Americans.[7] His great-uncle, Virgil Trucks, was a major league baseball pitcher in the 1940s and 1950s, winning 177 games in his career.[37] In 2001, Trucks married singer and musician Susan Tedeschi, and they had a son in March 2002 and a daughter in 2004.[38][39][40]

Trucks is an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, the Florida State Seminoles,[41] and his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars.[42]

With the Derek Trucks Band

  • The Derek Trucks Band (1997)
  • Out of the Madness (1998)
  • Joyful Noise (2002)
  • Soul Serenade (2003)
  • Live at Georgia Theatre (2004)
  • Songlines (2006) (Legacy Recordings)
  • Songlines Live (DVD) (2006) (Legacy Recordings)
  • Live at Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Festival (2007)
  • Already Free (2009) (Legacy Recordings)
  • Roadsongs (2010)

With the Allman Brothers Band

  • Peakin' at the Beacon (2000)
  • Hittin' the Note (2003)
  • One Way Out (2004)

With The Tedeschi Trucks Band

  • Revelator (2011)
  • Everybody's Talkin' (2012)
  • Made Up Mind (2013)
  • Let Me Get By (2016)


  • 1994: Storm Warning, Tinsley Ellis
  • 1996: To Cry You a Song: A Tull Tale, various artists/Cat's Squirrel (with Charlie Musselwhite, Clive Bunker, Mick Abrahams)
  • 1996: The Circle, Planet Earth/Carey Nall
  • 1996: Come on in This House, Junior Wells
  • 1997: Searching for Simplicity, Gregg Allman
  • 1999: Live... With a Little Help from Our Friends, Gov't Mule
  • 2000: Croakin' at Toad's, Frogwings
  • 2001: Project Z, Project Z
  • 2002: Live in the Classic City, Widespread Panic
  • 2002: Wait For Me, Susan Tedeschi
  • 2003: Little Worlds, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
  • 2005: The Best Kept Secret, Jerry Douglas
  • 2005: Hope and Desire, Susan Tedeschi
  • 2006: The Road to Escondido, JJ Cale, Eric Clapton Reprise
  • 2008: Skin Deep, Buddy Guy
  • 2008: Here and Gone, David Sanborn
  • 2008: Sidewalk Caesars, Scrapomatic
  • 2008: The Blues Roll On, Elvin Bishop
  • 2008: Back to the River, Susan Tedeschi
  • 2008: Lifeboat, Jimmy Herring
  • 2008: Guitars, McCoy Tyner
  • 2010: The Imagine Project, Herbie Hancock
  • 2010: Clapton, Eric Clapton


  1. ^ The Derek Trucks Band Wins Grammy Award Top 40, retrieved December 27, 2011
  2. ^ Clash, Jim (2007). "Rocker Derek Trucks". Forbes Magazine's Adventurer Column. pp. Video version. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Tatangelo, Wade (January 4, 2007). "Derek Trucks on playing with Allman, Clapton, Dylan". McClatchy Newspapers. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  4. ^ a b Jambase (2009). "The Derek Trucks Band Biography". JamBase Inc. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Derek Trucks: At Guitar Center – Influences and Slide". Guitar Center TV. June 1, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ Braiker, Brian (January 20, 2009). "Derek Trucks Q&A: Guitar Hero on Jamming With Legends and Covering Dylan". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  7. ^ a b "The Derek Trucks Band Artist Bio". Promotional talent biography. Entourage Talent Associates. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Tennille, Andy (February 5, 2006). "Finding His Path". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  9. ^ Skelly, Richard (2006). "Derek Trucks: Biography". MSN Music. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
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  11. ^ a b c Soul Stew Update Derek Trucks/Soul Stew Update
  12. ^ Trucks and Tedeschi (June 16, 2008). "Derek Trucks Band Live at That Tent, Bonnaroo on 2008-06-16". Soul Stew Revival. Internet Archive. Retrieved 2008-08-12. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  13. ^ Tennille, Andy, Jam Base Derek and Susan, It's a Family Thing Accessed September 28, 2008
  14. ^ a b Bryson, Alan (June 7, 2010). "Susan Tedeschi: Dreams and Legends". Interview with Susan Tedeschi in. All About Jazz. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ Bryson, Alan. "Susan Tedeschi: Dreams and Legends". All About Jazz. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Reveal Band Lineup". Jam March 29, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
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  18. ^ Patrick Doyle (January 8, 2014). "Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks Leaving Allman Brothers Band | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  19. ^ a b Fricke, David (February 12, 2007). "The New Guitar Gods Mayer, Frusciante, Trucks on their Inspirations". Video and front page interview as one of the new "Guitar Gods" naming Trucks as the "Jam King". Rolling Stone magazine issue No. 1020. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b Fricke, David (February 22, 2007). "The New Guitar Gods: John Mayer, John Frusciante and Derek Trucks". Rolling Stone Magazine. pp. Issue No. 1020. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  21. ^ Wilcock, Don (November 29, 2012). "Derek Trucks and the Difference Between Discipline and Obsession". Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  22. ^ "Derek Trucks Band on Mountain Stage". Interview and Band Performance on National Public Radio. 2009 NPR. May 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  23. ^ Machosky, Michael (August 19, 2009). "Derek Trucks backs luck with hard work". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
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  28. ^ Rolling Stone Magazine The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time 2003-08-27
  29. ^ The Derek Trucks Band On Tour
  30. ^ Wright, Jeb (2009). "The Moogis Industry: An Exclusive Interview with Butch Trucks". Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  31. ^ Suarez, Ernest (May 29, 2009). "'Already Free,' Trucks Rolls on the Guitar Hero Pays Homage to the Past". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  32. ^ a b WNEW; CBS Radio, Inc (2008). "Where Rock Lives; Derek Trucks Band". Derek, Conan and Cash. CBS Broadcasting. Archived from the original on August 13, 2010. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  33. ^ Lovejoy, Heather (February 14, 2012). "Jacksonville's Tedeschi Trucks band wins Grammy for best blues album". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  34. ^ Sterdan, Darryl (February 12, 2012). "Grammy award lifetime achievements". Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  35. ^ Marco R. delia Cava (February 7, 2012). "Allmans are all in for Grammys". USA Today. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Performances at the WHITE HOUSE". Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  37. ^ Gammons, Peter (February 27, 2010). "Gammons: Music connects Trucks family Former Tigers great, kin share love of the game". MLB Advanced Media,. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  38. ^ Mayshark, Jesse Fox Mayshark (March 5, 2006). "MUSIC; Ramblin' Man and Woman, Married With Kids". Arts. The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  39. ^ "Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival". 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  40. ^ Spies, Jessica (July 16, 2010). "An Allman Brother does his own thing". The Patriot Ledger. Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  41. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  42. ^ Armonaitis, Dan (October 19, 2012). "Derek Trucks on his great uncle Virgil, the infield fly rule and other baseball thoughts | Sound Observations". Retrieved 2014-06-14. 

External links

  • Derek Trucks official website
  • Derek Trucks Band collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive

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