Paul Harvey & Derek Trucks
NOTE: March 1, 2009 – this is not the late Paul Harvey of American radio.
Paul Harvey of NPS Radio 6 in the Netherlands knows music. In 2003 he interviewed Derek Trucks by telephone – Derek’s first radio interview in Europe. Paul was quick to recognize Derek’s extraordinary talent and set about organizing a highly creative series of concerts featuring the Derek Trucks Band along with several special guests. Under the interview is an introduction to the event that took place in October of 2005 written by Paul :
This is the portion of the 2005 interview that aired on Dutch radio:
Here is the rest of the interview that Paul was kind enough to share:
It was in the 60’s and early 70’s when I first heard the pedal steel and slide guitar sounds courtesy of Duane Allman with Allman Brothers and Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead offshoot band, The New Riders of The Purple Sage.
I later got to hear pedal steelers like Lloyd Green on the Byrds Sweet Heart of The Rodeo and unsung hero and 70’s major session cat, Sneaky Pete Kleinow. Pete weaved magical glissando’s on key country rock albums from among others The Flying Burrito Brothers and as the perfect counterfoil to the slide guitar of the late great Lowell George on Little Feat’s ‘Sailin’ Shoes’.
Then of course we must not forget where it all started: the searing raw and biting slide guitar of Elmore James and the national steel of Son House, plus the numerous others that followed in the 60’s. Duane Allman was the one musician who put the trade mark par excellence on the slide guitar and took it one step further. In retrospect, those two key players – Duane Allman and Jerry Garcia – changed my musical way of thinking and probably the lives of many others in the next two decades.
Now, more than 35 years later, we still have brother Greg Allman & The Allman Brothers, with torch bearer Derek Trucks keeping the spirit of Duane Allman alive. Derek is taking the music to a higher plain, one where John Coltrane and Duane Allman will look down with a broad smile on their faces….
Buddy Cage will burn peel the paint of your car with his searing runs from country to rock and his musical mentor.
Sonny Landreth will take you on a ride from the bayou to the Mississippi.
Dan Tyack will cook up a musical gumbo from blues, rock and roll, soul, New Orleans R&B, Sacred Steel and other gospel sounds.
Hey! Let’s not pay too much attention to the musicians on the other side of the planet. At this side of the musical heaven, we have two major talents in the flatlands who can get down and get on it and square dance with the best steelers/sliders in town: Johan Jansen and René van Barneveld. They are so modest, but cool with it! And…they aim to please! Have fun!
Mark Harmsma, Barbara Dennerlein, Paul Harvey
Proof that it is indeed a small world, two years after interviewing Derek, Paul interviewed Barbara Dennerlein. Shown in the above photo is Mark Harmsma who was Derek’s guitar tech during the 2005 Dutch tour (Mark is also a musician and member of the Southside Blues Review.) Here is Paul’s interview with Barbara:
Also, here’s a tip, click here to listen live to Paul Harvey on Radio6
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Also, Here’s a video clip of Mark Harmsma’s band.