Trucks playing slide on his Gibson SG in 2009
June 8, 1979 |
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
|Genres||Blues rock, Southern rock, jam rock, world music, jazz fusion|
|Labels||Columbia, Legacy Recordings|
|Associated acts||The Allman Brothers Band
The Derek Trucks Band
Soul Stew Revival
Tedeschi Trucks Band
|Gibson SG '61 Reissue|
Derek Trucks is an American guitarist, songwriter and founder of the Grammy Award winning The Derek Trucks Band. He became an official member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1999 and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010 with his wife Susan Tedeschi. His musical style encompasses several genres and he has twice appeared on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time; currently 16th on the list.
Early life 
Trucks was born June 8, 1979, in Jacksonville, Florida. His uncle, Butch, is a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. 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”. His great-uncle, Virgil Trucks, was a professional baseball player.
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. Trucks began playing the guitar using a "slide" bar because it allowed him to play the guitar despite his small, young hands. By his 13th birthday Trucks had played alongside Buddy Guy and gone on tour with The Allman Brothers Band.
Sample of "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad", performed by Eric Clapton's band featuring Derek Trucks, live at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival.
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Trucks formed The Derek Trucks Band in 1996 and by his twentieth birthday, he had played with artists including Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh and Stephen Stills. After performing with The Allman Brothers Band for several years as a guest musician, Trucks became a formal member in 1999  and appeared on the albums Live at the Beacon Theatre and Hittin' the Note. In 2006 Trucks began a studio collaboration with Eric Clapton called The Road to Escondido and Trucks found himself performing with three bands in 17 different countries that year. Trucks was invited to perform at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival and after the festival he toured as part of Clapton's band.
Trucks built a studio in his home in January 2008, and he and his band recorded the album Already Free. 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. In late 2009, Trucks and his band went on hiatus and then dissolved. In 2010, Trucks formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife.
Musical style 
Trucks credits guitarist Duane Allman and blues man Elmore James as the two slide guitarists that influenced his early style but has since been inspired by John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf and Albert King, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wayne Shorter, Freddy King and B.B. King.
His music is reported to encompass categories such as jam band, Southern rock and jazz  while simultaneously being rooted in the blues and rock genres. 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 Trucks became a fan of Ali Akbar and studied at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael.
Trucks prefers a pure sounding guitar tone and uses a modified Gibson USA SG 1961 reissue with a modified tailpiece and an additional 'stopbar' tailpiece connected to his 1965 Fender Super Reverb amplifier with four Pyle Driver MH1020 speakers.
Trucks usually plays the slide guitar in an open E tuning and uses the Dunlop Blues Bottle slide. Trucks is predominantly a fingerstyle guitarist, rarely using a guitar pick or plectrum. He uses custom gauge DR nickel-wound strings on his Gibson SG and resonator guitars.
In 2006, some of Trucks equipment including two vintage (1965 and 1968) Fender Super Reverbs amplifiers, a Hammond B-3 organ, two Leslie speaker cabinets and a Höhner E-7 Clavinet) were stolen and later recovered by the Atlanta police department.
With the Allman Brothers Band, Trucks is known to use PRS amplifiers.
Trucks has appeared twice in Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". 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". In 2007, Trucks appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone for an article called the "New Guitar Gods".[dead link]Trucks is reported to be a creative guitarist and according to Allman Brothers drummer, Butch Trucks "He never does the same thing twice".[dead link]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". The Derek Trucks Band's album Already Free debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and No. 1 on the Internet chart, No. 4 on the Rock chart and No. 1 on the Blues chart.
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.
On February 12, 2012, Trucks accepted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award along with ten other members of The Allman Brothers Band. On February 21, Derek Trucks and his wife joined other blues musicians for a performance at the White House for President Obama and his guests.
Personal life 
With The Tedeschi Trucks Band 
- Revelator (2011)
- Everybody's Talkin' (2012)
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)
- Already Free (2009) (Legacy Recordings)
- Roadsongs (2010)
With the Allman Brothers Band 
- Peakin' at the Beacon (2000)
- Hittin' the Note (2003)
- Live at the Beacon Theatre (DVD) (2003)
- One Way Out (2004)
- 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 album), McCoy Tyner
- 2010: The Imagine Project, Herbie Hancock
- 2010: Clapton (Eric Clapton album), Eric Clapton
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