Ages ago, Derek Trucks was known by many as “that kid who can play!” That was then. Since those days heÂ has moved from being known as a child prodigy to being recognized and appreciated as a seasoned musician who takes any project that he becomes involved in to a level that few, if any, could do as proficiently. He is respected, and even admired, as a peer by his childhood heroes… from Clapton to B.B. King (to name a few). And yes, he has also played for President Obama with wife Susan.
His most recent project is a conjoint effort between him and his aforementioned wife, Susan Tedeschi, and what was born from a mutual respect and standard sit-ins has grown into a 11 piece group – Tedeschi Trucks Band – that along with its namesake talent has genius oozing from every corner. With a debut record out (Revelator) that debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 and #4 on the Blues chart of the same, it seems that even the sky may not be the limit for this commander-in-chief worthy family affair.
Leading up to the Tedeschi Trucks Band homecoming in Atlanta, Ian Rawn had the opportunity to chat with Trucks on topics as varied as the Allman Brothers, his relationship with Jimmy Herring, the inherent difficulties that a mother and father touring ensemble brings to the parenthood table and of course, his take on Tedeschi Trucks Band.