Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sliding into the Spotlight; ALAN NICHOL: Has the Latest Happenings on the Roots Music Scene

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sliding into the Spotlight; ALAN NICHOL: Has the Latest Happenings on the Roots Music Scene

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Byline: ALAN NICHOL

SLIDE guitarists, it would seem, are just like buses - you wait for ages and then two come together!

After last week's focus on the peerless Californian Ry Cooder, a younger man from Florida, who already has a formidable reputation, rolls into town next week - at the O2 Academy Newcastle on Thursday. The music is entirely different but still rooted in the blues. Yes, it would appear that the time has come for Derek Trucks.

A guitar prodigy by the age of nine, Trucks went on to work with Louisiana-born blues king, Buddy Guy, at the age of 12 before joining the Allman Brothers Band as a fulltime member, his father acting as roadie.

He formed his own band at 15 and he still maintains the six-piece to this day.

In fact, the Derek Trucks Band released their sixth album, Already Free, earlier this year to widespread acclaim and top 20 Billboard success.

Derek's uncle, Butch Trucks, was a founder member of the Allman Brothers Band, a job he still holds (he's one of three percussionists in the band), so it was no surprise that the band's late but still revered guitarist, Duane Allman, was an early mentor to young Derek.

Although his first guitar was a $5 acoustic from a yard sale, his primary influences - unlike Cooder's mainly acoustic pickers - were all electric players.

All three Kings - Freddie, BB and Albert (unrelated, incidentally) - plus Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James from the blues field were fundamental to Trucks' development.

Sun Ra, Coltrane and Miles Davis also brought their own distinctive sound to bear. Indian music was equally important in his formative years - and continues to be. He also learned the sarod (the sitar's little brother) and attended the Ali Akbar College in California.

In 2003 Trucks was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarist Of All Time, the youngest (at 24) to appear in the list. …

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