July 12, 2008 / 12:38 AM / 11 years ago

Guitarist Trucks takes his time with homegrown album

Guitarist Derek Trucks speaks before his sold-out concert in Washington in this file photo from April 8, 2006. Building a studio behind the Jacksonville, Florida, home he shares with wife, soul/blues singer Susan Tedeschi, and their two children has allowed guitarist Derek Trucks to make "the first album I've ever been a part of that feels epic."REUTERS/Evan Sisley

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Building a studio behind the Jacksonville, Florida, home he shares with wife, soul/blues singer Susan Tedeschi, and their two children has allowed guitarist Derek Trucks to make “the first album I’ve ever been a part of that feels epic.”

“Usually with a major label we were under the gun; we had 10 days to get in, cut everything, finish it ... and you hear things that you always feel like you would completely rerecord if I had the chance,” the Allman Brothers Band guitarist and Eric Clapton sideman told Billboard.

“Having our own studio in a building in our backyard, we had two months to record. We were able to go back to stuff, and if there was a guitar solo that wasn’t knocking me out, two weeks later I could go back and hit it. Or if the whole track wasn’t knocking us out, we’d go back and retrack it.”

Trucks describes the album, due in February, as “much more song-centered” than his previous releases. He worked on several songs with Clapton bandmate Doyle Bramhall, while Allman Brothers guitar partner Warren Haynes co-wrote the track “Back Where I Started,” which Tedeschi sings.

Trucks is now touring with Tedeschi and their Soul Stew Revival, but he hits the road with the Allmans August 12 for a 15-show run. He says that Gregg Allman, who had to cancel the group’s Beacon Theater stand in New York this year in order to receive treatment for hepatitis C, is feeling better and that the group is eager to hit the road again.

Reuters/Billboard

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