Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band on The Morning Mix
Derek Trucks, band leader and main guitarist for Tedeschi Trucks Band talks to Cindy Howes on The Morning Mix.
Tedeschi Trucks Band is known for their signature take on blues-rock music. However, the upcoming release Made Up Mind includes a couple of songs outside the normal music spectrum Tedeschi Trucks Band fans are used to. The track “Idle Wind” is acoustic heavy and “Part of Me” has more of a Motown type of feel to it. Derek Trucks explains what the writing process is like and how songs outside his normal musical realm come about, “We really try when we’re writing tunes to just kind of let the song be what it’s going to be. We write a lot of songs acoustically first but a lot of times while you’re writing it you hear the instrumentation. You can kind of imagine what the band is going to do with it. Sometimes you write a song with acoustic guitar and it kind of hits you that it really needs recorded this way. I think as we get more and more comfortable in the studio, as a band, and I guess just individually you kind of let songs be what they’re going to be. Often as a band we’ll kind of tip our hats to the music we love and kind of wish there was more of, you hope you can push the musical conversation in those directions.
Derek Trucks installed a recording studio in his home in Jacksonville, Florida back in 2012. Cindy and Derek Trucks discuss the convenience of having a home studio and how it aids the recording process, “It’s been amazing having a studio there. Every record we do it just gets better and better. Everything was just easy to record. Almost everything was recorded at the same time. There’s a lot of experimenting.”
Tedeschi Trucks Band is no normal blues rock band, there are a total of 11 members in the band. With that being said, there is a large variety of musical input going on during the writing and recording process. Derek Trucks comments on what it is like to be an 11-piece blues-rock ensemble, “I think that’s the hardest part of having a band this big with players that good. You wanna bring as much out of everybody as you can. It’s kind of a constant shifting of who gets solo time or who gets featured. But the beauty of the band grows. Everybody cares less about those things. It becomes much more about the band’s sound. On the record I was really happy with the way everybody contributed. It was never adding parts just so you’re on a song it was adding parts to make things better.”
As most fans know, Derek and Susan are husband and wife. Susan Tedeschi attended the Berklee College of Music and Derek Trucks was on the road with the likes of the Allman Brothers when he was younger. Needless to say the music the variety of influences between the two has yielded the great music we’ve come to expect from Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. “We have so many of the same influences and same musical philosophies. I think that’s where we connected the quickest, on stage and playing music together.” The new album by Tedeschi Trucks Band, Made Up Mind, is due to be out on August 20.