New Derek Trucks LP Due in Jan.

 

One of the top hundred
axemen of all time, indeed.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Derek Trucks scorched the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam this
weekend, and now comes official word of the guitar virtuoso’s forthcoming
album. Read on…

 

 

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One of the most critically acclaimed guitarists and the
youngest musician to be named in Rolling Stone‘s list of the Top Hundred
Guitarists of All Time, Derek Trucks has completed his much anticipated sixth
studio album with The Derek Trucks Band, Already Free, available January
13, 2009.  As well, the album’s first single, a stirring cover of Bob
Dylan and The Band’s  “Down in the Flood” from the album The Basement
Tapes
, is set for release November 4th

 

 

The album was self-produced by Trucks and recorded in his Jacksonville, Florida
home studio.  Nearly a year in the making and brimming with a newfound
focus on creating original material, Already Free  is the band’s
natural evolution as they move forward integrating influences that span a
variety of musical genres.  Known for their blues roots, the group takes
this album well beyond blues to incorporate the larger sounds of rock &
soul.

 

 

Over the course of several albums, various bands and
countless tours, Trucks has explored an exciting array of musical styles. 
On Already Free, Trucks has written original songs and reinvigorated old
ones, introducing a profound new vision.  One hears blues, soul, jazz,
flourishes of world music from afro-beat to qawwali, even the advanced
tonalities of the modern European masters. 

 

 

“This album was completely organic.  We had no
expectations. We just came down and started writing. Then one thing led to the
next. I had all this time off so I just started calling up friends. And once
the process started rolling and once we realized that we were onto something,
we were writing tunes and all the sounds we were getting were amazing and it
was starting to feel great.  It felt like something was happening and we
wanted to keep throwing musicians on the fire,” said Trucks of making the
album.

 

 

The band, which consists of Derek Trucks on guitar, bassist
Todd Smallie, percussionist Count M’Butu, drummer Yonrico Scott, keyboardist
Kofi Burbridge and singer Mike Mattison, was joined by their famous friends-
pals like Doyle Bramhall II, Oteil Burbridge and Trucks’ wife Susan Tedeschi
can all be heard on the album. 

 

 

Bramhall takes over the vocal duties on the two songs,
“Maybe This Time” which mixes languid guitars and Eastern flavor and
“Our Love,” a companion piece with the piercing guitar riffs signature
of Bramhall/Trucks collaborations.  

 

 

The album’s first single, “Down in the Flood” from Bob Dylan
and The Band’s album The Basement Tapes, has almost more relevance now,
post Hurricane Katrina, than when Dylan wrote it in 1967.  “I think
it really turned out to be one of the most powerful tracks on the record. I
think lyrically it’s pretty timely. Crash on the levee, down in the flood, are
so significant post-Katrina. There are some good metaphors, as there are in
most Dylan tunes,” says Trucks.

 

 

Track Listing:  

1. Down In The Flood

2. Something To Make You Happy

3. Maybe This Time

4. Sweet Inspiration

5. Don’t Miss Me

6. Get What You Deserve

7. Our Love

8. Down Don’t Bother Me

9. Days Is Almost Gone

10. Back Where I Started

11. I Know

12. Already Free

 

 

 

 

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