Derek Truck's musical career began at the age of nine, when he picked up a five dollar acoustic guitar at a yard sale. "It was nothing special," he claims, “It was just the only thing that looked interesting." But that seemingly inconsequential purchase changed his life. After learning what he could from his father and a family friend, Derek began playing with other musicians around town. "It happened pretty quick," Derek remembers. Within the span of a single year, he had purchased an instrument, learned how to play, and began touring - with his father acting as road manager/chaperone. What had begun as a weekend activity quickly became a life’s pursuit, and would eventually result in Derek being the youngest player to make Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list, as well as the cover of Rolling Stone’s 2007 “New Guitar Gods” issue.
Derek got his first paying gig at age 11 and formed his first band at age 12. In 1999, at the ripe age of 19, Derek was asked to join The Allman Brothers Band, taking over slide guitar duty. (Derek's uncle, "Butch" Trucks, is a founding member of the Allmans) and he found himself balancing the schedules of two full-time touring bands, often logging over 300 days a year on the road. His schedule grew even tighter when asked to join Eric Clapton’s touring band for his 2006-2007 world tour. The opportunity to play alongside this living legend was obviously too good to pass up so for quite a three years Derek juggled all three bands, including shows featuring both The Derek Trucks Band and the Allmans on the same bill. In 2010 Derek added a new challenge to his schedule by forming an 11 member band with his wife and legendary blues guitarist in her own, Susan Tedeschi. The two began by working their new venture into their busy schedules for the first few years, until they eventually made a decision to focus fully on TTB and their solo careers, instead of their respective bands.
In January 2014, Derek announced jointly with Warren Hayes (Allmans band-mate for the last 15 years) that 2014 will be each man's last year touring with the legendary band.