Following the end of his historic run with The Allman Brothers Band, guitarist Derek Trucks is taking the Tedeschi Trucks Band on the road in support of the group’s 2013 album, “Made Up Mind,” a lively and mostly upbeat mix of soul-filled blues and jammed-out funk.
The band, also featuring Trucks’ wife and vocalist-guitarist, Susan Tedeschi, will perform Dec. 9 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
“It should be good, this will be the last tour of the year, so everybody will be pretty fired up,” Trucks said. “It’s a living, growing, breathing, changing band, so it’s really different from tour to tour, and night to night. We’ve been writing a lot of tunes; a lot of new stuff has been tossed into the mix. ... There’s a lot of firepower on stage, so when it’s working, it’s pretty great.”
Trucks and Tedeschi have been married since 2001, but the band has only been together since 2010.
“It’s been great,” Trucks said. “We went into it eyes open. I think that’s why we waited 10 years of being married before we started a band. We came into it knowing each other pretty well. Early on, when you’re trying to figure out everyone’s place and how the whole thing works, there’s push and pull.”
Trucks began his touring career as a guitarist when he was only 9 years old. By the age of 13, Trucks had already performed with legends such as Buddy Guy. By 1999, Trucks would join the iconic Allman Brothers Band.
“It’s pretty surreal, and it’s been a crazy ride,” Trucks said. “I joined the Allman Brothers when I was 19 and only planned on doing it for a couple years, but it was such an amazing group. You blink your eye, and you’ve been there 15 years. ... I wanted to make sure it stayed powerful and didn’t limp off into the sunset. I wanted to see it go off right. ... The fact that it went out on a high note was pretty special.”
The Allman Brothers Band played its final show last month at New York’s Beacon Theatre.
“I went straight from that show to flying to the West Coast to start the tour I’m on now, so I haven’t had that much time to process it,” Trucks said. “It certainly feels like it went out right.”
While fans of the Allman Brothers Band will surely find Tedeschi Trucks Band a similar and worthwhile experience, Trucks encourages fans of all music to check out this Tuesday’s show.
“I really don’t see a limit on what it can do,” Trucks said. “I’ve never been a part of a better band. It’s a pretty talented group of people and the spirit is right.”
Trucks also mused that if he wasn’t on the road, he’d be happy in almost any walk of life.
“I’d be happy being a first mate on a fishing boat,” Trucks said with a laugh. “I’ve been pretty fortunate where I feel content doing whatever I happen to be doing at the time. There’s a lot of things that could have happened, but I’m glad it turned out this way.”