Leon Russell

Derek Trucks Talks About Loss, Staying Power And Picking Up The Mentor Mantle

Derek Trucks Talks About Loss, Staying Power And Picking Up The Mentor Mantle

When the Tedeschi Trucks Band — the sprawling, Grammy-winning 12-member blues/rock/soul ensemble, led by the husband and wife team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks — coalesced in 2010, nobody, least of all Tedeschi or Trucks, could have predicted it would be going strong in 2017.

It is, and the music is still sublime. "Let Me Get By," the band's third studio album, drew songwriting and playing chops from everyone (the full band roster would greatly extend this article), while "Live From the Fox Oakland," a recent CD and concert film, captured the TTB on tour in California in September 2016, just as its flamethrowing powers were peaking.

But so far, 2017...

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