The Derek Trucks Band Already Free on 180g 2LP
One of the most critically acclaimed guitarists of his generation and the youngest musician to be named in Rolling Stone's list of the Top Hundred Guitarists of All Time, Derek Trucks originally released Already Free, his sixth studio album with The Derek Trucks Band in 2009. The album was self-produced by Trucks and recorded in his Jacksonville, FL home studio. Nearly a year in the making and brimming with a newfound focus on creating original material, Already Free is the band's natural evolution as they move forward integrating influences that span a variety of musical genres.
Known for their blues roots, the group takes this album well beyond blues to incorporate the larger sounds of rock & soul. The band here, which consists of Derek Trucks on guitar, bassist Todd Smallie, percussionist Count M'Butu, drummer Yonrico Scott, keyboardist Kofi Burbridge and singer Mike Mattison, was joined by their famous friends - pals like Doyle Bramhall II, Oteil Burbridge and Trucks' wife Susan Tedeschi can all be heard on the album. Bramhall takes over the vocal duties on the two songs, "Maybe This Time" which mixes languid guitars and Eastern flavor and "Our Love," a companion piece with the piercing guitar riffs signature of Bramhall/Trucks collaborations.
The album's first single, "Down in the Flood" from Bob Dylan and The Band's album The Basement Tapes, has almost more relevance now, post Hurricane Katrina, than when Dylan wrote it in 1967. "I think it really turned out to be one of the most powerful tracks on the record. I think lyrically it's pretty timely. Crash on the levee, down in the flood, are so significant post-Katrina. There are some good metaphors, as there are in most Dylan tunes," says Trucks.
Already Free reflects all of Trucks' many influences and experiences, and highlights the quintessential Derek Trucks Band sound of mixing soulful vocals and expert guitar playing to form one of the band's definitive albums.