At 29 years old, Derek Trucks has been performing onstage more than half his life.
He picked up his first guitar at 9 " a measly $5 buy from a local garage sale. Only two years later, Trucks was sitting in with his uncle's group The Allman Brothers Band and performing alongside blues legend Buddy Guy.
As a 15-year-old, he formed The Derek Trucks Band with a group of veteran musicians as much as 20 years his senior. By 2007, he had been touring with the Allman Brothers for more than eight years, was credited in Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "100 greatest guitarists of all time," was featured on that periodical's "modern gods of rock" cover and was invited to join Eric Clapton on his 2006-2007 world tour.
Even after all the praise, press and collaborations with high profile musicians, Trucks' enthusiasm for his own personal project never stopped. This year, The Derek Trucks Band is touring in support of its sixth studio album, "Already Home," and will roll through Oklahoma City Sunday night for a 7:30 p.m. show.
The latest album represents a new stage in Trucks' development, both as a guitar player and a bandleader.
"This record feels more mature and personal than anything we've done as a band or as I've done personally," he said.
Released in January, the new album, "Already Free," was recorded in a home studio built by Trucks last year. This is the first time he's tried his hand at overseeing the production.
"Being able to produce it ourselves was so great," he said. "It really felt homegrown and really organic writing all the tunes. It was just a more enjoyable process this time."
The group's long history together creates a sense of interconnectedness on the album and during live performances. Trucks has been touring with some of the same band members since before he had even learned to drive.
"We've been out on the road with this rhythm section for about 15 years, so we've been hittin' it for a long time," he said. "We've logged a lot of miles together, and I think you can really feel that togetherness on the record."
Because he got involved in the music business at such a young age, Trucks has a unique perspective on the changes sweeping through the industry. He admitted he uses an iPod while on his tour bus, but said he's pleased with the resurgence of vinyl records in recent years.
"There's something great about getting a new album," he said. "I hope there's at least a small movement that keeps going back to the way it was. When things start moving too fast, the only things that stick out are the things that are outlandish or extreme. I think a lot of the great art is more subtle." "James Lovett