Derek learned to play the acoustic guitar from the age of nine. He started playing professionally at the age of 11 in The Allman Brothers Band. In the mid-90s, he founded the Derek Truck Band. He has performed with Susan Tedeschi, whom he married in 2001. He has recorded with Frogwings, Buddy Guy and McCoy Tyner.
Ranked 16th on Rolling Stone’s 2011 List of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Derek is a winner of a Grammy Award, he is a member of The Allman Brothers Band, in addition to owning his own band. He is considered to be one of the most inspired slide guitar players today.
He began to stand out as a guitarist at a very young age, and by the age of 12 he had already worked with some of the great names in American music, such as Buddy Guy or The Allman Brothers Band. With the latter, he toured for several years before becoming an official member of the band in 1999. That same year he met blues singer Susan Tedeschi, whom he married two years later.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Tedeschi Trucks Band was founded in 2010 after Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi decided to merge their respective bands, to spend more time together with their children and work together in their home recording studio. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi had toured together in 2007 under the name Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival with songs from their solo careers, while the Tedeschi Trucks Band has focused on playing original songs.
In late 2009, after announcing a break from the Derek Trucks Band and Susan Tedeschi Band. The couple began composing new material, working in their Jacksonville home studio with musicians who were close friends. Their first concert took place on April 1, 2010 at the Savannah Music Festival and afterward the group played at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, the Fuji Rock Festival and other festivals and concerts.