5 Minutes w/ Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band

5 Minutes w/ Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band

First Published in The Santa Barbara Sentinel. Photo by Josh Sanseri

Husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi lead the Grammy-winning band, Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Since 2010, they’ve brought people closer to heaven with Susan’s deep soul sound, Derek’s incendiary slide guitar riffs, and a band of talented musicians to match.

The Santa Barbara Bowl was graced by their presence along with openers Doyle Bramhall II and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on Sunday, June 7th, 2015.

Derek takes five with us – Southern accent and all.

Q: What do you think about Santa Barbara?

A: I don’t think I’ve heard that much.

Well, you’re in for a treat! You’ll have a view of the ocean when you play the Bowl. It’s beautiful out here!

Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you were talking about a band. We know Santa Barbara well! There are a few guys in the band that has spent some time there, and we’re excited to come back.

We’re happy to have you! Looking back, what has been your most memorable performance?

It’s been a busy 5 years so there’s been a few. Getting to play Royal Albert Hall with Mavis Staples was pretty amazing; doing a tour with B.B. King and the tour with The London Souls and The Black Crowes was some real magic. There are another 30 I can think of. It’s been a good run so far.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

(Laughing) I’ve enjoyed most of the mistakes I’ve made quite a lot. I don’t know if I would give myself too much advice. There are a few corners would warn myself about, but I feel in a lot of ways, those things are good for you. It’s good to get blindsided occasionally.

Have you seen Tedeschi Trucks? When and where? Please share in the comments below!

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