Friday, January 23, 2009

NPR Derek Trucks Band Live Session Available Online

At 9 years old, Derek Trucks found an old acoustic guitar at a garage sale for five bucks, took it home and began to practice. In two years' time, the child prodigy was onstage with the Allman Brothers Band, and went on to play with Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh and Stephen Stills. Trucks, the nephew of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, formed The Derek Trucks Band at 15.

Known for improvisation, The Derek Trucks Band blends blues, soul, jazz, rock, Indian music and Latin music in its exploratory sound. Its sixth studio album, 'Already Free,' just came out on January 13th. Trucks has been a full fledged member of The Allman Brothers since 1999, and in 2001 he married blues vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi. In recent years, Trucks and Tedeschi have merged their respective bands on occasion, billed as the "Soul Stew Revival".

NPR's World Cafe is featuring a three song session from The Derek Trucks Band recorded live in the studio, which can be accessed at this location. In the session with host David Dye, Trucks discusses his choice of cover songs throughout his career, including one by his late friend Paul Pena. Tedeschi joins the band on vocals and describes the music their kids listen to at home.

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