September 19th, 2008 at 6:05 am
The Allman Brothers Band is not into nostalgia.
It’s why guitar whiz Derek Trucks describes the seven-piece outfit as a “living, breathing band,” one that takes the stage with a new set list each evening and one whose goal is to be spontaneous every night.
The 29-year-old guitarist and nephew of Allman Brothers drummer and founding member Butch Trucks has been performing with the Allman Brothers Band for nine years. During that time, the band has toured regularly and released several albums, including a studio effort and a live recording.
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Perhaps because Trucks grew up listening to the Allman Brothers, he said he has a deep level of respect for Duane Allman, the slide guitar virtuoso and founding member of the band who died in a motorcycle crash in 1971.
And so Trucks said he pays homage to the late guitarist by echoing some of his parts as a matter of respect. But as for many of the solos, it relies on the the efforts of Trucks and bandmate Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule.
Trucks, after a date at Telluride [Colo.] Blues & Brews Festival with his own band, chatted with the Northwest Arkansas Times about The Allman Brothers Band’s legacy, his chemistry with the current members and his shock at being asked to be a full-time member.
The story can be read here.
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Here’s Trucks performing a solo during “Desdemona,” a song from The Allman Brothers Brothers Band’s 2003 studio release “Hittin’ The Note”: