bonus tracks with derek trucks

derek trucks

derek trucks

We offered the bulk of our recent interview with guitarist Derek Trucks over the last two days. But there were many insightful comments that didn’t make their way, mostly for space limitations, into the story. Here is the best of what got left behind:

On the 40th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band and the group’s most recent string of spring concerts at New York’s Beacon Theatre: “It was great. We had Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Chuck Leavell, Bonnie Bramblett – just some amazing guests. It was nice also that the band dedicated the whole Beacon run – this whole anniversary, really – to Duane (Allman, the band’s founding guitarist, who died in 1971). That’s fitting. I think he’d be pretty happy with the fact that his band has made it this long with so much integrity.”

On other Allman-related anniversaries this year: “It’s my 10th year in the Allman Brothers and the 20th anniversary of the 1989 reunion (the band had dissolved in 1982). It’s also been 20 years now for the band at the Beacon. And I turned 30 this year. Lots of anniversaries; lots of serendipity.

On the influence of vintage soul music on his new “Already Free” album: “I listened to as much Sly Stone and Bobby Womack as I did rock. That’s the music I grew up loving. Whether it was Otis Redding or Sam Cooke, it was all a huge influence. And so, it all comes out. I really think this record, more than any other I’ve done, is the most true to where we’re from. It really feels like an American record. Even further than that, it feels like a Deep South record. You can feel the moss on the trees and the tea colored water out back. The record has that vibe. It’s got all of the influences that are in our blood.

On recording with jazz piano great McCoy Tyner: “Within a few months I got to record with Richie Havens, Buddy Guy and McCoy Tyner. Three different worlds – but these are guys I respect immensely.  McCoy was really a trip, because in recording with him I was also stepping into a studio with (veteran jazz drummer) Jack DeJohnette and (equally esteemed bassist) Ron Carter. I felt like I was in that Sesame Street skit – you know, ‘one of these things is not like the other.’ But it was great. A few months after the recording session, I was playing a jazz festival with my band. McCoy was playing down the street at another venue at the festival, so I got to sit in for the last half of his set. That was just as much fun as the record. And I got the jazz treatment where you rehearse three tunes and go up onstage only to have the guys call three different tunes. It was still great – kind of a trial by fire, though.”

On his performance history in Lexington: “We had a lot of fun there for awhile. We were playing a club called Lynagh’s every year and had some great shows and great times there. We’re looking forward to coming back.”

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