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Best of 2016: Interviews

In 2016 alone, I’ve interviewed more than 140 artists; that’s nearly half the number I interviewed in the decade prior to this year. I hope 2017 will be at least as busy; I find my conversations with creatives extremely rewarding. I’ve learned a few things along the way, and one of the most important realizations

Derek Trucks: No Ceiling in Sight (Part 3 / conclusion)

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: I notice the collaborative nature of the songwriter credits on TTB albums. How does songwriting work in the band? Derek Trucks: This record went a lot of different ways, and it never felt forced. For the songs that Doyle Bramhall II and I wrote together, it would be the

Derek Trucks: No Ceiling in Sight (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Your name routinely shows up on “best guitarists” lists. Do you get any satisfaction from that, or is it wholly irrelevant to what you do? Derek Trucks: I remember when the Rolling Stone list came out and I made the list; it was fully unexpected. Part of me was

Derek Trucks: No Ceiling in Sight (Part 1)

The nephew of Allman Brothers Band drummer and founding member Butch Trucks, guitarist Derek Trucks was a musical prodigy. He started playing gigs before he reached his teens; by 13 he had toured. By 17 he formed The Derek Trucks Band. At age 20 he became an official member of The Allman Brothers Band, remaining