Just months before the release of the Derek Trucks Band's debut CD for Columbia Records, lead singer and percussionist Javier Colon has decided to split ways with the band. After nearly two years with the band, he has chosen to pursue a solo career. His last performance with the band was on April 25th at the Zephyr Club in Salt Lake City, UT. According to an April 30th statement from Blake Budney of DTB management, "The parting is amicable and The Derek Trucks Band wishes Javier the best."
The 24-year-old singer joined the Derek Trucks Band in August of 2000 after a successful audition at the band's July 2000 gig at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. A native of Connecticut, he received a degree in Music Education from the Hartt School, University of Hartford. His voice, often likened to that of Stevie Wonder, blended well with the band and contributed a Latin element to their diverse sound. Fans in the Northeast can catch Javier performing with The Bomb Squad on May 4th in Fairfield, CT. See Bombsquad's website for more information.
The Derek Trucks Band will continue to make music with various special guests until a permanent replacement is found. Performances this summer include co-bills with the Allman Brothers Band and Phil Lesh & Friends. The four remaining members (Kofi Burbridge: flute and keyboards; Yonrico Scott: drums; Todd Smallie: bass; and Derek Trucks: guitar) have been playing together since 1999 and will continue the tradition. Susan Tedeschi will add vocals for performances on May 3-6. A complete list of dates can be found at DerekTrucks.com.
The Derek Trucks Band Columbia Records debut, Joyful Noise, is scheduled for a summer release. The album will feature guest vocal performances by Solomon Burke, Ruben Blades and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, among others. For more information, visit their Columbia website at SonyMusic.com.
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