Derek Trucks Appears On ‘Eric Krasno Plus One’ Podcast
Guitarist Derek Trucks chats with his friend and longtime collaborator Eric Krasno on the 10th episode of the Osiris podcast Eric Krasno Plus One. Trucks discusses his time at home off the road during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the start of his career, making the decision to launch the Tedeschi Trucks Band and many other subjects with Kraz.
Derek speaks about “the collective deep breath” the world is taking and how his kids are adapting to life sheltering in place. Trucks notes the timing of the pandemic came as he started his longest break from gigging since he was nine-years-old. “We had planned all kind of things to do on this break to do — which maybe is a blessing that we’re not — because there’s something about sitting and having to be with yourself I think is really good for us all,” Derek explains. “Sometimes the pause button is what you need.”
The conversation then turns to Derek’s early days and how The Derek Trucks Band came into its own. Derek recalls his first experience playing guitar, meeting blues greats as a youngster and the epiphany of moving from standard to open tuning on slide guitar. The 40-year-old guitarist also shares memories of attending The Allman Brothers Band shows beofe he wound up joining the group. Kraz goes on to ask Derek about how he absorbed Indian classical music and incorporated it into his work with The Derek Trucks Band. Trucks explains the deep dive started from a CD the late Allen Woody gave him.
Eventually, the conversation comes around to Kofi Burbridge and how “he was such an important character” in Derek’s career. Trucks reveals one of the reasons he formed the TTB was to be able to play with Kofi and his brother, bassist Oteil Burbridge. Eric Krasno toured with the group on bass after Oteil left and called the experience of performing next to Kofi one of the best of his career. Other topics hit upon are Derek’s time touring with Eric Clapton, the development of the Tedeschi Trucks Band over the past decade and how musicians will come back after the pandemic is over.
Listen to Derek Trucks’ appearance on Eric Krasno Plus One below: