Short Biography Unquestionablythe most formidable husband/wife team in the history of southern rock and bluesmusic, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have put together a new band which isofficially scheduled to hit the road in the spring and summer of 2011 with a studioalbum soon to follow. The first generation of this new lineup made appearancesat some of the most prestigious festivals of last year including New OrleansJazz & Heritage Fest, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Fest, Telluride Blues& Brews Festival, and Japan's Fuji Rock Fest. In addition, Derek andSusan collaborated with Herbie Hancock on his "Imagine Project,"performing with the jazz master at high profile events such as "Late Nightwith David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show with JayLeno," as well as both of his 70th birthday parties held at CarnegieHall in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Trucks' slide guitar playing is second to none. He has led his own The DerekTrucks Band for over 15 years, has been the slide guitarist for the AllmanBrothers Band for more than ten, toured the world with Eric Clapton" and wasfeatured on the cover of the 2007 Rolling Stone "New Guitar Gods" issue.Combine that with Trucks' 6th studio album release ("Already Free") debuting at#19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and it's no wonder why he is the youngestmusician to date to make Rolling Stones list of "Top 100 Guitarists of AllTime".
Tedeschi has risen to fame with multiple Grammy Award nominations. Her powerfulsinging voice and fearless stage presence have made her one of the moststirring soul and blues musicians of our time. Add her knack for musical truthtelling and her commanding guitar playing, and you have an artist who isquickly taking her place as the new generation's greatest female bluesguitar/singer and, perhaps, one of the best ever.
With the added accolade of individual 2010 Grammy Award nominations (The DerekTrucks Band eventually winning in the Best Contemporary Blues Albumcategory with Tedeschi having contributed vocals to the cause), this duo willundoubtedly take the world by storm and are poised to become one of thegreatest husband and wife performing duos of all time.
In-depth Biography Blues/blues-rock guitarist Derek Trucks is the nephew of longtime Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks. He displays a command of slide guitar styles running the gamut from blues to classic R&B and early rock & roll to classic jazz. Although blues players like Buddy Guy, Elmore James, and Duane Allman have been a strong influence on Trucks' slide guitar playing, so have pre-'70s jazz players like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Sun Ra. Trucks began playing guitar when he was nine, and shared stages and sat in with the likes of Buddy Guy and the Allman Brothers Band by the time he was 12. Trucks began his professional career playing with blues bands around his native Jacksonville, Florida, and formed his own group in high school. Before the age of 20, Trucks had shared stages and jammed with Bob Dylan, Joe Walsh, and Stephen Stills. The Derek Trucks Band, with members ranging in age from their twenties to their forties, released their self-titled debut album in 1997 on Landslide Records. Out of the Madness followed in late 1998. After the turn of the millennium, they released Joyful Noise (2002), Soul Serenade (2003), Live at Georgia Theatre (2004), and Songlines (2006). Already Free appeared from RCA in 2009. On June 22, 2010, the Derek Trucks Band released Roadsongs, which was recorded live in Chicago during the 2009 Already Free world tour. In addition to the album, Trucks and wife and guitar-slinging partner Susan Tedeschi formed a touring band, and appeared together on Herbie Hancock's The Imagine Project album, singing the Matthew Moore classic "Space Captain." The Hancock recording was issued on the same day as Roadsongs. The pair's group, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, was an 11-piece soul-blues ensemble also included Oteil and Kofi Burbridge, on bass and keyboards, respectively, and drummers J.J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell. The unit signed to Sony and released their debut album Revelator on its Masterworks imprint in June of 2011. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi