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Check Out These Musicians Before They Were Famous

3 May

1. Bee Gees       2. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin      3. Joni Mitchell as college student      4. Young David Bowie (not available in some countries)     5. Beatles 1962      6. Stevie Ray Vaughan 1980      7. Eric Clapton 1964       8. John Mayer 1999      9. Bob Dylan first network show      10. Leon Russell 1965      11. Jeff Beck 1965      12. Paul Shaffer      13. Elvis 1955 with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly      14. Aretha Franklin 1964      15. Whitney Houston     16. Barbara Dennerlein 1984 as a teenager      17. Derek Trucks @ 15      18. Beach Boys 1962  (not available in some countries)    19. Young Neil Young      20. Young Warren Haynes      21. Young Johnny Winter      22. Todd Rundgren in High School (next clip with Nazz, Todd on guitar)     23. Glen Campbell      24. Jim Seals & Dash Crofts before Seals & Crofts (on sax and drums)     25. Susan Tedeschi 1996      26. Steely Dan 1973      27. Etta James      28. Frank Zappa 1963!



Tedeschi Trucks Band: So what does Revelator reveal?

19 Jun

Two wings of equal strength endow a bird with the capacity to truly soar. This principle also helps to explain why Revelator (Sony, 2011), the debut album of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, has soared to #1 for blues releases on Amazon, #2 in rock, and #3 in all of music. This band brings together vocalist Susan Tedeschi, whose previous release in 2009 earned her a Grammy nomination, with slide guitarist Derek Trucks, who won the Grammy for his 2009 release. What’s particularly striking in this pairing is how evenly matched these exceptional talents are. Continue reading

Indaba Music – Changes Everything

29 Aug

Every so often something comes along on the Internet and it hits you that “this is big.” Amazon, YouTube, Google, and podcasting are cases in point. Recently I had the same sensation when I happened upon INDABA MUSIC. Continue reading

Allman Brothers Band – What Now?

21 Jun

So what do Randy Brecker, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White have in common with Kid Rock, Eric Clapton and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top?

All were part of the Allman Brothers Band’s three-week musical extravaganza at New York City’s Beacon Theater celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary. This year’s list of surprise guests also included Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal, Sheryl Crow, John Hammond, Boz Scaggs, Chuck Leavell, Levon Helm, Bruce Hornsby, Southside Johnny, The Juke Horns, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Bramlett, Jimmy Herring, Robert Randolph, Sonny Landreth, Bob Margolin, John Popper, Trey Anastasio, and members of Los Lobos, Cowboy, Wet Willie and The Grateful Dead.

Please check out my recent piece on All About Jazz

The Allman Brothers Band – 40 Year Out

My Interview with Derek Trucks

3 Jan


The annual stats are in @ All About Jazz and this Derek Trucks interview was the most read interview on the site in the year 2009. It was also the #5 most read article overall.

Derek Trucks All About Jazz

Check out my interview with Derek Trucks, we talk about Clapton, Santana, Duane Allman, Tal Wilkenfeld, Johnny Winter and much more… Continue reading

My Interview with the Legendary Chuck Leavell

3 Sep

Chuck Leavell is one of the world’s premier blues rock pianists–a veteran musician who has recorded and toured with many of the best-known names in the business. He is perhaps best known for his work with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Black Crowes, and most of all, his legendary years with the Allman Brothers Band in the ’70s.

My extensive and wide-ranging interview with Chuck has just been published in All About Jazz.

You can read it


Ongoing Review of Santana & Derek Trucks

2 May

Here’s Carlos sitting in with the Derek Trucks Band doing Greensleeves: April 10, 2008.

Santana rocks the Hard Rock

BY MICHAEL HAMERSLY, May 1, 2008 Miami Herald

Carlos Santana proved once again that he’s one of the world’s all-time great guitarists Wednesday night at a sold-out Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. The 60-year-old rocker visited every phase of his storied career, pleasing purists at the start with lengthy instrumental jams that ventured into blues and jazz excursions, his whirlwind solos soaring with pristine clarity. Continue reading

Derek Trucks in Japan

5 Apr

In late November 2007 the Derek Trucks Band did a tour in Japan. These shows haven’t received the attention they deserve on, so I thought I’d present some of my favorite moments.

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Nice Video Interview of Derek Trucks in France

6 Mar

Novelist Darin Strauss on Derek Trucks

23 Feb

In the New York Times on February 20th, 2008 novelist Darin Strauss posted a playlist in which he postulates that Derek Trucks might be the greatest slide guitarist who ever lived. Strauss is the author of Continue reading

Eric Clapton’s 2007 Crossroads Festival

16 Dec

In case you missed it, PBS has a few clips online here. And here is the set list of the PBS broadcast of Eric Clapton’s CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL CHICAGO
Premiered on November 28, 2007 on PBS


The evening’s program was recorded live at Toyota Park in Chicago, Illinois in July 2007.

Sonny Landreth

“Poor Johnny”
Music and lyrics by Robert Cray
The Robert Cray Band

“Sitting on Top of the World”
Music and lyrics by Howlin’ Wolf
Hubert Sumlin with The Robert Cray Band and Jimmie Vaughan Continue reading

Derek Trucks at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival – Oct. 25th, 2007

31 Oct


I caught five concerts during the Derek Trucks Band’s 2005 European tour. Continue reading

Paul Harvey interviews Derek Trucks & Barbara Dennerlein

5 Oct


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: Continue reading

A Dozen Jaw Dropping Musical Performances on YouTube

28 Sep

This list was picked up by the great site the list universe

Please check it out there (and check out the other amazing lists on that site.)

Derek Trucks & Col. Bruce Hampton

10 Jul

Serious Derek Trucks fans have heard of Col. Bruce Hampton, and you’ll want to hear this podcast with him. The Col. considers Derek the most gifted guitarist on the planet, and says he has a better tone than “any” musician or singer alive today. A very interesting conversation with the Col. who advises, “take what you do seriously, but not yourself.” Continue reading

Branford Marsalis joins Derek Trucks on Stage

15 Jun

In late May some lucky Derek Trucks fans in Charlotte got to see and hear Branford Marsalis join the Derek Trucks Band on stage. A few years ago they were together when Branford joined the Allman Brothers Band on stage – this is available on one of the Allman BB “Instant Live” CD sets.

Branford did three numbers with Derek:

Soul Serenade, Afro Blue, and Joyful Noise.

Listen to the encore (there’s some crowd noise in the beginning prior to the music starting)

Download the show here