Music: Q&A with Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band

Photo by Josh Sanseri

Interview by Megan Waldrep

Husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi lead the Grammy-winning band. Since 2010, they’ve brought people closer to heaven with Susan’s deep soul sound, Derek’s incendiary slide guitar riffs, and a band of talented musicians to match. The Santa Barbara Bowl was graced by their presence along with openers Doyle Bramhall II and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on Sunday, June 7th, 2015. Derek takes five with the Sentinel – Southern accent and all.

Q: What do you think about SB?

A: I don’t think I’ve heard that much.

Well, you’re in for a treat! You’ll have a view of the ocean when you play the Bowl. It’s beautiful out here!

Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you were talking about a band. We know Santa Barbara well! There are a few guys in the band that have spent some time there and we’re excited to come back.

We’re happy to have you! Looking back, what has been your most memorable performance?

It’s been a busy 5 years so there’s been a few. Getting to play Royal Albert Hall with Mavis Staples was pretty amazing, doing a tour with B.B. King, and the tour with The London Souls and The Black Crowes was some real magic. There’s another 30 I can think of. It’s been a good run so far.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

(Laughing) I’ve enjoyed most of the mistakes I’ve made quite a lot. I don’t know if I would give myself too much advice. There are a few corners would warn myself about, but I feel in a lot of ways, those things are good for you. It’s good to get blindsided occasionally.

Megan Waldrep is a freelance writer and columnist for the Santa Barbara Sentinel. She also writes under the pen name Elizabeth Rose for a dating column called I Heart.

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