Derek Trucks…………blues guitarist “extraordinaire”

A few years ago I was listening to a programme on BBC Radio 2 hosted by Paul Jones (former lead singer for Manfred Man) and he was playing a variety of R&B (not the crap that masquerades as such today)  and Blues records ranging from Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters through to more contemporary performers like Robert Cray.

One of the records he played was by a band I had never heard of, namely The Tedeschi Trucks Band and it was the playing of the lead guitarist Derek Trucks that caught my attention.

There was a beautiful and simplistic clarity about his playing, every note carefully thought out resulting in a sound of joyful expression.

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band was founded in 2010 after both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi put their solo bands on hiatus to form a new group that lets the married couple focus on making music together, and allows them to spend more time together while touring and recording.

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi had toured together in 2007, under the name Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival; this group’s material was largely culled from Derek and Susan’s solo projects, while the Tedeschi Trucks Band mostly focuses on performing original songs.

I subsequently purchased a copy of the album “Songlines” by Derek Trucks and it was then I came across the stunning performance of a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan song entitled “Sahib Teri Bandi”…………..listen and be amazed at the beauty of the guitar solo.

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