Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Wednesday 27 April 2011
Put simply, Derek Trucks is one of the most skilful, soulful, awe-inspiring guitar players alive today. The youngest musician on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time, he is especially noted for his delicate slide style, described as “a cross between the guitar of Duane Allman and the saxophone of John Coltrane”. His wife Susan Tedeschi is a singer, guitarist and songwriter in her own right, with a powerful blues-based style and Grammy-nominated solo albums.
Music, it seems, was Derek Trucks’ destiny. Born in 1979 in Jacksonville, Florida, he is the nephew of Allman Brothers Band drummer and founder member Butch Trucks. He is named after Eric Clapton’s legendary band Derek and the Dominoes (in which the late Duane Allman played a vital role.)
Having picked up guitar at age 9, Trucks was performing with the Allmans by 12, becoming a full member of the veteran southern rock group in 1999. During his teens he played with the likes of Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker, and formed his own group, The Derek Trucks Band, to explore not only the blues but also his interest in jazz and Indian classical music.
In 1996 he toured the world as featured soloist with Eric Clapton (with whom he performed in New Zealand), while continuing to honour commitments to the Derek Trucks Band and Allman Brothers, with barely a day at home.
Susan Tedeschi was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and began singing as a child. She studied composition at the Berklee College Of Music, where she also sang in a gospel-style choir. Around the same time she began sitting in on blues jams, taking up guitar and forming her own band in 1995.
Trucks and Tedeschi met in 1999 when Tedeschi opened for an Allman Brothers show in New Orleans. The couple were married in 2001 and have two children, who often accompany them on the road. While they have juggled family and musical commitments for almost a decade, 2010 saw the couple take time out from their individual projects to fulfil a longstanding vow to make music together.
Expect their single New Zealand performance to be a night of chemistry and virtuosity.