Monday, November 14



Press Release:

"What a special guitarist. [Derek Trucks] does not waste a note. And his strange pastiche of musical influences - John Coltrane-Eric Clapton-Ali Akhbar Khan-Wes Montgomery - isn't just an impressive list of styles; it remains unified and in effect from beginning to end." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

On February 7, 2006, Columbia Records will release Songlines, the first new recording by The Derek Trucks Band in nearly four years, and the first studio album to feature the full-throated, impassioned vocals of newest DTB member, Mike Mattison. Songlines signals the DTB's arrival at a spiritual plateau after a decade long journey of musical discovery, and cements Trucks' reputation as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. While Songlines embraces the group's big-eared love of rock, jazz, blues, latin and world music, it is unquestionably their most cohesive album to date.

Songlines features several originals written by the DTB and collaborator Jay Joyce - from the Hammond B3 groove of "I'll Find My Way" to Joyce's anthemic, fiery "Revolution" and the shimmering Trucks instrumental "Mahjoun." Elsewhere, traditional blues (a wickedly funky "Crow Jane" rendered in with a cutting falsetto by Mattison) mingle with the DTB's stirring, tent revival take on Roland Kirk's classic "Volunteered Slavery," and their epic reading of the Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn composition "Sahib Teri Bandi/Maki Madni," a song that swells from a delicate tone piece to a whirling dervish and back again.

Songlines takes its name from an Aboriginal tradition which claims the culture's totemic elders traveled the Australian continent literally singing their world into existence. In turn, the "songlines" they created became a map for finding one's way through life. Derek Trucks has followed his own songlines from a very early age. A professional, touring musician since the age of twelve, Trucks now spends over 300 days a year on the road with the DTB and the Allman Brothers Band. Now 26, Trucks is the youngest guitarist to place on Rolling Stone's recent "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list. His unmistakable guitar sound and attack has been described alternately as "incendiary" (Wall Street Journal) and "melodic and erudite" (Entertainment Weekly), but it is always deeply, unmistakably his own.

The DTB had a great tour in Europe and now the band is kicking off the northeast leg of the tour! Pics from Holland and the DTB gig with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra are posted on the photo section of the site.

NPS Broadcasting in Holland will be broadcasting online a three part program on Wed 11/16 from 4:30 - 7:00 PM EST. Part 1, an interview with Derek listening to and discussing his selections of inspirational tracks. Part 2, a recordings of live performances from "Steelin' & Slidin'", a collaboration between the DTB and the following slide players in Holland: Sonny Landreth, Dan Tyack, Buddy Cage, Johan Jansen, & Rene van Barneveld. Part 3, a recording of the The Derek Trucks Band's set at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on Oct 16th. Go to (after the initial broadcast you can stream it for one week by going to the website and clicking on woensdag, the Dutch word for Wednesday).

the Band: Derek Trucks Band
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