Derek Trucks won't slow down as he eases off the road

Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:15pm EDT
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By Bernie Woodall

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Derek Trucks has been on the road for almost 20 years, which is a real feat for a guitarist and bandleader who hasn't yet reached 30 years-old.

Trucks, whose Derek Trucks Band starts the European leg of its current world tour on Wednesday in London, began playing in clubs near his family's Jacksonville, Florida home at age 9.

A slide guitar prodigy, he jammed with the Allman Brothers Band when he was 11 and shared a stage with Bob Dylan at 12.

In 2003, he was the youngest person to appear on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all-time, and he is considered by many to the best of his generation.

Still Trucks, 29, is not a household name -- not yet.

With his tour schedule slowing and the band's most recent album, "Already Free," showed well in the charts, Trucks could soon see his own star rising. "Already Free" takes his music in a somewhat new direction.

"The first few records...we were doing soul music, latin music, Indian classical and just straight ahead" songs, he told Reuters. "With this most recent record, all those influences are there, but it's much more subtle."

Since 1999, Trucks has been a full-time member of the Allman Brothers Band, and when time allowed, he would join his blues-singing and guitarist wife Susan Tedeschi in a singing troupe they call Soul Slew Revival.   Continued...