As Good As It Gets

If I were to ask you, readers of a certain age, to think of rock music’s all-time greatest guitarists, I have a feeling that the thirty-three-year-old Derek Trucks might not be among the pantheon that swims into view.

He should be, though. To get an idea why, have a look here.


  1. Horne Fisher says

    Excellent, tasteful playing.

    My one nitpick would be Derek’s tendency to climax his solos with a barfing effect i.e. screaming high lick, whack open strings, screaming high lick, whack open strings and so on, which sits incongrously with the otherwise maturity of his playing. It’s the musical equivalent of the droning “uuuuuuurr” sound some people utter during a pause in their speech to prevent others interjecting. I predict he’ll eventually swap this tic for something more articulate (or else a more interesting depiction of inarticulacy).

    This isn’t the kind of music I usually seek out, but spent an hour watching them on YouTube. Looks like there’ll always be a place for solid, well played, blues rock.

    Extra points for the pleasing absence of “guitar face”.

    Posted August 31, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  2. Wakasage No Karage says

    I like the guitar players who don’t use picks.

    Check out this 15-year old kid

    Posted August 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Permalink
  3. MikeZ says

    I enjoyed this piece. Sadly, I’m only finding it on YouTube.

    – M

    Posted October 10, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink
  4. MikeZ says

    fwiw: A version, but not the one in question, does appear on The Derek Truck Band’s “Roadsongs”, sans Susan Tedeschi.

    – M

    Posted October 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

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