Interview & Images by Andy Tennille

When I was 11 years old, I spent most of my time playing ColecoVision, watching ThunderCats, and trading baseball cards.

For Derek Trucks, turning 11 years old meant forming his first band, playing his first paying gig, and joining Uncle Butch onstage with the Allman Brothers Band to sit in for "Southbound."

Yeah, I know... I'm an underachiever.

In this installment of On the Road With, we meet up with Trucks, the outrageously talented and down-home humble guitar phenom for the Allman Brothers Band, to discuss tattoos, Duane Allman, ACC basketball, and of course, Colonel Bruce Hampton.


AT: Any truth to the rumor that when you join the Allman Brothers Band, it's tradition to get a tattoo? What's the tattoo and did you get one?

DT: Duane took all the original members to get a mushroom tattoo on their leg. Allen Woody, Oteil (Burbridge), and Marc Quinones also got them, but I don't have any ink yet.

AT: At what age did you first sit in with the Allmans, and what song did you play?

DT: I think I was 11 years old, and the tune was "Southbound."

AT: Gimme your favorite Colonel Bruce Hampton story.

DT: When The Hampton Grease Band opened up for Three Dog Night, they played all Three Dog Night tunes. Bruce said they were run off stage and had to get police escorts to get out of there.

AT: Before there was the Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman was a session player at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. What's your favorite track that Duane played on as a studio musician?

DT: Otis Rush's "Mourning in the Morning" and Aretha Franklin's version of "The Weight."

AT: Rumor has it you're a big ACC basketball fan. Give me your prediction for the top five teams in the conference for next year.

DT: Unfortunately, it's hard to choose between being hopeful or realistic, so here's a little bit of both: UNC, Duke, Florida State, Boston College, and Wake Forest.

AT: Who has been your favorite guest to sit in with in either the Allman Brothers or your own band?

DT: Hubert Sumlin from Howlin Wolf's band and Jimmy Cobb, who played with Miles Davis, among many others. Jimmy Herring, Colonel Bruce Hampton, The Campbell Brothers, Aubrey Ghent, my wife (guitarist Susan Tedeschi)...

AT: What's your favorite venue that you've ever had a chance to play and why?

DT: Town Hall in New York City because of all the heavyweights that have been on that stage.

AT: Who's got the coolest tour bus that you've seen? Why?

DT: Any tour bus that we are lucky enough to be traveling in. I would tour 250+ days a year in a 15-passenger van if we had to, and I have, but the bus makes the road a whole lot easier.

AT: If you could pick three people, alive or dead, to have sit in tonight, who would they be?

DT: James Black, Charlie Christian, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

AT: What's in the CD changer/iPOD these days?

DT: Ray Lamontagne, Chucho Valdez, Eddie Bo, and Marvin Gaye's Here My Dear.

AT: What's one album or artist you wouldn't want to admit is in your iPOD/CD changer?

DT: I think I have a pretty clean bill of health as far as that goes.

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alltimepanic starstarstarstar Wed 11/2/2005 05:34PM
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derek trucks is one cool cat,and also a big part of the future of good music...for many years to come.

if rhymes were valiums... starstar Wed 11/2/2005 05:52PM
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if rhymes were valiums...

not as in-depth as i would have liked... idk if it is b/c how humble of a man derek is, or it was just the questions asked.. discuss

silkyfatz starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/3/2005 08:21AM
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for anyone who doesn't know, this man is one of the if not the best guitar player in the world right now. it is unreal to watch him play with the allmans or with the dtb, so any chance you have to catch him, be sure to jump on it. lord knows i am going to do my best to get to atlanta for new years!

Artie Thu 11/3/2005 08:22AM
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Derek Trucks is undoubtedly one of the greatest guitarists alive and one of the coolest/most modest guys in the business. Thank you for all the joy you bring me Derek

moz starstarstar Thu 11/3/2005 10:15AM
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definitely what i would expect from a DT interview...the guy just doesn't have a lot to say. i can't wait to see DTB again though, they put on an excellent show. i think derek is one of the best guitarists on the scene now...he really uses his ears and plays every note like it's the last one he'll ever play. can't wait til january!

matt87 starstarstar Thu 11/3/2005 11:35AM
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can someone explain who Bruce Hampton is and why his name seems to appear in every article on the website?

TBShortman Thu 11/3/2005 12:02PM
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derek is a cool guy, and a hell of a guitar player, but he's going to be disappointed, because the university of Maryland is totally going to rock everybody in his ACC top ten. Go terps.

baits420 starstarstar Thu 11/3/2005 12:44PM
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Col. Bruce Hampton is the man and Col. Bruce and Codetalker are sick check them out. Not 2 sure on how he related to DT though and I would like to know...maybe they are related?

Tennille Thu 11/3/2005 02:20PM
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Saw a few questions pop up and thought I'd take a crack at them.

The impetus behind "On the Road" was to have a column that featured a quick, 10-15 question interview with a musician out on the road with questions that might not come up in a more in-depth interview. Most of the questions are pretty brief (and a bit quirky) and focus on life on tour, favorites venues and musicians to play with, music they're listening to, etc.

For those who are unfamiliar with Colonel Bruce Hampton, I recommend picking up the live Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit album released by Capricorn in 1991. For more on Bruce, check out his "bios" here: TerminusRecords.com

and here:

j9j5g starstarstarstarstar Thu 11/3/2005 02:24PM
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Bill Clifford Thu 11/3/2005 08:34PM
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Gotta chime in here and let you all know. Colonel Bruce is the man who taught DT his first licks. I know this as fact. I've met and spoken with Derek personally and have read enough about him to know this. Further, I've had more than one opp to sit and listen to the Col just speak...not only about Derek, but a variety of subjects. He's one in a million. So is Derek. For all you youngin's, do take the time to listen to any of Col B's bands. But do understand this, that it is never about himself being in the spotlight...every band he involved with has someone else whom is the focus, whom CBH is just sticking out there and giving his first break too. Do check out Col and the Codetalkers for starters, and go further from there. You won't be disapointed. Enjoy.

themudd2001 starstarstarstarstar Mon 11/14/2005 06:26AM
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Saw the DTB last night in beautiful downtown Albany, NY. Derek is smart enough to surround himself with amazing talent and talented enough to be rocking as long as his uncle has. I predict a time when Derek Trucks will rule the world with his guitar and that is a world that I want to live in! Keep rockin' Derek.

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Matt87!!! To help answer your question>>>> Col Bruce Hampton is a southern icon, and the creator of psychedelic parlor-room jazz. The best place to start is The Aquarium Rescue Units first cd, which is live from the Georgia Theater, I think in 1991. John Bell of WSP introduces Col Bruce as "my daddy". Col Bruce likes to have things made up, he personally likes nonsense, being put out as fact, just for fun. another example, once I asked him if he wanted a beer, he said he never touched the stuff :) lie... :) The first cd of ARU was one of the most smokin albums released in 1991!!! no joke there..

carks starstarstar Wed 11/16/2005 02:56PM
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No doubt that Derek ROCKS!! One of THEEE BEST for sure out there these days. Only wish he'd come to Canada once in a while. You southerner's sure got it made!