Derek Trucks Band :: 02.10 :: Great American Music Hall :: San Francisco, CA

Derek Trucks :: 02.10
On February 10th, 2005, Derek Trucks brought his five-piece band to San Francisco for a great show at the Great American Music Hall. If you have only seen Derek playing with the Allman Brothers Band, you are in for a treat when you get to see him with his own band. The DTB plays jazzier stuff than the Allman's brand of southern rock and roll, including instrumentals, R&B covers, blues, and original material as well.

Opening with a ripping version of Skip James' "Hard Time Killing Floor," Mr. Trucks was front and center laying down tasty slide and lead licks. Michael Mattison handled the vocal assignments beautifully, his soulful voice adding a wonderful dimension to the music. Long time friend Todd Smallie on bass was all smiles all night, and aptly complemented Trucks's playing. Solid drumming by Yonrico Scott kept the pace and Kofi Burbridge, brother of ABB bassist Oteil, contributed nicely with keyboards and occasionally flute.

Derek Trucks Band :: 02.10
There were several highlights in the first set including a nice cover of "Chevrolet" and a remarkable version of "My Favorite Things," played as an instrumental a la John Coltrane, which segued into Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Volunteered Slavery." Trucks exhibited his blues roots with "44 Blues" and his soul sensibilities with King Curtis's "Soul Serenade." After a short break, the band returned with a second set filled with crowd pleasers such as classical Indian "Sahib Teri Bandi," the bluesy "Crow Jane," the playful "Cheesecake," and the uplifting "Joyful Noise."

Special guest Jimmy Herring played for a long period in the second set, adding guitar to the tunes from "Rastaman Chant" through the encores. Mr. Herring seemed to be experiencing some sound problems with his amp as a stage hand was seen scrambling trying to remedy the problem. The affection between Herring and Trucks was apparent, and the two traded licks and smiled at each other often. It was difficult to tell how familiar Jimmy was with the material, but his outstanding musicianship allowed him to play along. The first encore was a nice tribute to the late Jimmy Smith with "Back at the Chicken Shack," but the enthusiastic GAMH crowd begged for one more which the band obliged with Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead."

Herring & Trucks :: 02.10
I had last seen Derek with his band about six years ago, when he was a shy 21 years-old, playing with his head down and almost hiding in the back of the band the whole time. On this night, he was more in command of the stage, yet still exhibited some of that unpretentiousness so rare these days in a guitarist of his caliber. Trucks chooses to let his guitar do the talking as he never speaks to the audience while on stage. By all accounts, he seems to be a nice young man and someone who exhibits musical maturity well beyond his years. His marriage to Susan Tedeschi and starting a family, as well as constant touring, has no doubt helped Derek grow up a bit. He is the nephew of Butch Trucks, also of the ABB, and was a child prodigy on guitar making his first on-stage debut with the ABB when he was only 11. This evening, an older and more experienced Derek Trucks displayed guitar chops most musicians twice his age would dream of possessing.

2.10.05 :: Great American Music Hall :: San Francisco, CA

Set 1: Killing Floor > This Sky, Chevrolet, Soul Serenade, 44 Blues, My Favorite Things > Volunteered Slavery
Set 2: Sahib Teri Bandi, Crow Jane, Feel So Bad, Cheesecake, To Know You Is to Love You, Rastaman Chant* > Lonely Avenger*, Joyful Noise*
Encores: Back at the Chicken Shack*, Freddie's Dead*
*with Jimmy Herring - Guitar

Setlist courtesy of

Susan J. Weiand
JamBase | San Francisco
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[Published on: 3/4/05]

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