On Friday, February 15th, we received the sad news that long time ETA friend and brother, Kofi Burbridge had passed away after almost two years with heart related issues. It has been our privilege to work with Kofi over the last 20 years as the flutist, pianist, keyboardist, and composer for the Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band. He will be truly missed by so many.
Derek Trucks has been touted as the most awe-inspiring slide guitarist playing today, and guitar heroes as legendary as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana have called on his services. One listen explains why: his genius for nuanced, bluesy lyricism and an ability to summon a variety of stylistic flavors, from the breathy detail of a saxophone to the growl of a well-tempered chainsaw, mark him a master of his instrument at the age of 33.
For Trucks, youth was never a hindrance. Born in 1979 in Jacksonville, Florida, and named after a much-loved Eric Clapton album, he was on stage at 9 years of age and touring as a headliner by 11. When his fingers were too small to hold down the strings of his guitar, he took up the slide, which soon became a primary element in his approach. At 15, he had formed the core of his longtime road band. Before reaching 20, he had already jammed with many of his heroes, including Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, and Buddy Guy. He is the youngest musician named in Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, being recently selected by a wide range of musicians and journalists to #16 in that hallowed hierarchy.
Trucks spent his teen years touring, growing physically and musically, and developing his group, The Derek Trucks Band. He averaged over 200 shows a year even as he completed most of his high school studies with on the road schooling. By his late teens, he broke away from the child prodigy novelty aspect of his appearances and diligently built a reputation for walk-in, crawl-out shows that featured extended solos and summoned an intoxicating collision of musical influences, from electric blues and Jamaican reggae, to modern jazz and Indian ragas. Since 2010, Trucks has been touring with wife Susan Tedeschi in the Grammy award winning 12 piece ensemble The Tedeschi Trucks Band.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band had multiple reasons to celebrate this year’s Beacon run. TTB played six shows, 10 sets, 84 individual songs, 115 total songs, 16,000+ fans! They had a plethora of friends sit-in, played their 30th show, and announced an annual residency in NYC and Chicago through 2022!! Clear […]
The Tedeschi Trucks Band joined Willie Nelson for a sweet stop on his Outlaw Music Festival this past weekend in Hershey Park, PA, along with Lukas Nelson + Promise of The Real, Sturgill Simpson, Van Morrison. They played some old, some new and even a tribute to BB King with […]
A huge Congratulations to Derek Trucks on another nomination! This time the nod comes for his live tv performance of “Midnight Rider” alongside Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and Jason Aldean. The category is CMT Performance Of The Year! Help Derek get his first-ever CMT Music Award by voting here: http://www.cmt.com/cmt-music-awards/vote#2018-cmt-performance-of-the-year
After taking the summer off due to heart surgery, Kofi Burbridge made his return to the Tedeschi Trucks Band during their 6 night stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Not only did the run mark Kofi’s return, but also TTB’s 25th show at the Beacon. Fittingly the […]
TTB’s “Wheels of Soul” Summer 2017 tour is on a roll – 3 amazing single show sell outs in a row so far! First with the band’s largest non-festival (non Red Rocks) crowd at the Simsbury Meadows PAC in CT, then a sell-out at Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC […]
Tonight’s CMT Music Awards opened with a tribute to the late great Gregg Allman, who passed away in May at age 69. Derek Trucks joined Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, and Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum) to perform the 1971 hit “Midnight Rider” … because if you need a slide guitarist […]
For the two weeks the Tedeschi Trucks Band has been performing their way across Europe. So far they have hit Zurich, Milan, Berlin, and Brussels. Next up are a few more stops in Germany and a smatter across Denmark, before heading back to the States to rest up before festival […]
It is with heavy hearts that the ETA received news of the passing of Allman Brothers Band drummer, and Derek Truck’s uncle Butch Trucks on January 24th. In the years ETA has worked with Derek and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, we have come to see everyone as family of our […]
Derek was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter with host Neil Everett on Thursday night. The two talked on the new TTB album Let Me Get By, the ‘Noles, the Jaguars and Derek’s uncle and legendary MLB pitcher Virgil Trucks. It was a very cool and crossover experience!
Derek Trucks will be featured on Eric Clapton’s forthcoming Live in San Diego double album. The rendition of “Anyway the Wind Blows” features Clapton playing with Trucks, JJ Cale and Doyle Bramhall II. If you want to watch the video, check it out here.
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi joined Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Brittany Howard, Buddy Guy, Aloe Blacc Ben Folds, Kyle Resnick, and Mavis Staples and a number of other musical greats to kick off Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show. It was a thumping, jamming, partying good time that ran 6 minutes over! […]
Derek was serenaded by family, friends, and band mates last night in Santa Barbara, for a pre-show, pre-Birthday celebration! We want to wish Derek the happiest of Birthdays today!
Derek Trucks served as a surprise guest in Eric Clapton’s 70th Birthday bash at Madison Square Garden in New York City this weekend. The lineup up of guest players was out of this world, ranging from John Mayer to Doyle Bramhall III.
Tonight, October 28th, The Allman Brothers Band will play their final show. After 45 years of rocking sold out shows across the country, the southern rocker are playing their final farewell at the Beacon Theatre; where annual sell out runs have become customary. Don’t forget to tune into SiriusXM radio […]
Entourage Talent is proud to announce that Derek Trucks has been nominated in three categories for The Blues Foundation’s 2011 Blues Music Awards. Derek got the nod for ‘best guitarist,’ while The Derek Trucks Band received nominations in the categories of ‘Best Rock Blues Album’ (for their recent live release […]
After Hundreds of fans submitted suggestions, The Derek Trucks Band’s forthcoming live album has finally been named. The live two-disc album, compiled from two spectacular dTb shows in April at Chicago’s Park West will be titled “Roadsongs.” More information on Roadsongs will be made available in the coming weeks, including […]
Congratulations to The Derek Trucks Band, who were awarded their first GRAMMY! ‘Already Free’ took home the GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album against some special competition, including Susan Tedeschi, whose wonderful album Back To The River was also nominated in the same category. Yonrico Scott was on hand to […]
In true DTB fashion, the band’s 2009 tour closer at ‘The Egg’ in Albany was nothing short of spectacular. The Derek Trucks Band, who is going on hiatus in the coming year, put on a three hour no-frills masterful show that concludes the band’s 2009 Already Free World Tour, which […]
Congratulations to The Derek Trucks Band, whose 2009 release, “Already Free” (Sony/Victor) has been nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album of the year! The band’s 6th studio album, which had it’s highest debut on the Billboard 200 to date, is amongst good company; Robert Cray, Mavis Staples, Ruthie Foster and […]
After 16 years of relentless touring, and a fantastic 2009 that featured the release of Already Free, and a World Tour that brought the band to more than a dozen countries on four continents, The Derek Trucks Band is taking a hiatus in 2010. There are still a number of […]
Downbeat Magazine’s annual reader’s poll is now open for fan voting, and this year’s edition includes a pair of nominations for Derek Trucks and dTb!
Derek Trucks picked up a nomination for “Best Blues Artist/Group,” and the competition is sure to be heated… Other nominees include legends like BB King, Mavis Staples and Buddy Guy, contemporaries such as the North Mississippi All-Stars and Keb’ Mo’, Derek’s former bandmate Eric Clapton, and for the coup de […]
August, back in the U.S., The DTB continues “layin’ it down” and “rippin’ it up” as they did across Europe during their summer tour. “It was probably the best act we could have closed the Fest with, and thank you for making it happen.” -Philadelphia Folk Festival “Your guys were […]
Under the “Feature” section of Jambands.com, the July 31st interview entitled “A Walk in The Fog” with Dave Schools and J Mascis names Derek Trucks as an “amazing guitarist.” When asked about which guitar players he likes, J Mascis exclaimed, “I like Duane Allman, but something about Derek Trucks is […]
The Derek Trucks Band is finally back on home turf after a month on the road in the UK and Europe. Needless to say, promoters and fans over there were no less impressed and in awe than they are here: “(SIC) I went to see Derek’s show yesterday night at […]