Derek Trucks Discusses His Band and Jimi Hendrix With Carter Alan

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Just in time to rock the House of Blues in Boston on Thursday, Derek Trucks called in to ZLX to talk to Carter Alan about the band and his plans for the future.

Trucks is currently completely focused on his work with the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which is getting back in the studio to work on their next LP. Trucks admitted he is falling in love with the process and sees no end in sight.

“This is becoming my favorite time of year, the writing and recording and just being at home and getting to perform with your friends,” he said. “There’s been a lot of time and energy invested and we’re feeling really good about where things are going, so I think we’re here to stay for a bit.”

Trucks says that due to the youth and large size of the band, their recent double-live album was a “huge growth spurt” for them and that it “sounds like a fully different project” every three or four months. And being a big, young band also has its perks on the road.

“You bring your own party everywhere you go,” Trucks quipped.

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Susan Tedeschi’s guitar playing has steadily improved. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Carter brought up the improved guitar playing of Trucks’ wife and bandmate Susan Tedeschi, who is quickly adding dynamic guitar chops to her already powerful singing voice. Trucks says he likes to let her keep rolling when she’s hot.

“If Susan’s on fire one night, you just feed the beast,” he said. “I can’t think of too many blues guitar players that have a direct line to it the way Sue does…She can really make it happen.”

Another topic on Carter’s mind was Jimi Hendrix, who would celebrate his 70th birthday today (November 27). Trucks, like any famous guitar player, has tremendous admiration for Hendrix’s influence on the instrument and rock music in general.

“There was no one like him, and I don’t know any electric guitar players who didn’t go through a Hendrix stage,” he said.

Listen to the full interview with Carter Alan and Derek Trucks below.

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