Trevor B. Power The Blender Theatre is a small venue located on 23rd street in lower Manhattan, NY, and avails the Concert goer the comfortable option to either dance, or just get up close to the band infront of the stage, or relax and listen from the Balcony like seating in the rear of the theatre. DTB took the stage at around 9:30 pm after being warmed up by a band I was not familiar with "Chapter Two", Featuring Eric Krasno-Guitar, Adam Deitch-Drums, & Neal Evans-Keyboards, but gave an outstanding performance.
Todd Smallie-Bass & Vocals
Yonrico Scott-Drums,Percussion, & Vocals
Kofi Burbridge-Keyboards, Flute, & Vocals
Mike Mattison-Lead Vocals
Count M'Butu-Congas, & Percussion
The Band opened up with "Done Got Over", and went straight into "Sailing On" from DTB latest release 2006 Songlines. Derek is a master of the slide guitar and plays reminiscent of the late Duane Alllman, of Allman Brothers Band Fame who Derek has now played with since joining the Band in 1999.
The Band was very tight and just seemed to groove along into the night. The Sound is Southern Soul Rock, Indian, & African tones, and is very relaxing to listen to. But believe me they reach a fevered pitch in each song as the night grew on.
From there they played "Down in the Flood", "These Days is Almost Gone", Don't Miss Me When I'm Gone", "Sweet Inspiration", "Soul of a Man", "Chicken Robber", "Meet at the Bottom", with Derek playing seated on a few on slide with some old Silvertone, and Danelectros guitars of the late 50's & 60's that may have been sold at Sears and Roebuck, and used just as they were made back then, unless the pick-ups were too noisy for his liking, and reset to his tastes, and are probably priceless instruments now, but were sold back then to the beginner guitarist.
Continuing into the evening with "My Favorite Things", originally penned for the Broadway classic "A Sound of Music", by Rodgers and Hammerstein, but reworked in the Jazz format by John Coltrane, it is from the Coltrane version that allows Trucks to venture off into the Jazz light and expand the tune into his own, with his band lending the Indian, & African vibe into the music. It allows the listener to drift off somewhere to a different space and time of enjoyment, and happiness. Real Cool Man!
The Band continued with an excellent version of Paul Butterfield's "Get Out of My Life", with Derek's slide taking the place of Butterfield's harmonica sound. "Get What You Deserve", "Joyful Noise", finished the set, before coming back out with Members of "Chapter Two" Eric Krasno-Guitar, Adam Deitch-Drums, & Neal Evans-Bass trading places with the DTB members to bring down the house with "Down Don't Bother Me", and Curtis Mayfeild's Freddie's Dead.
A great night, and most enjoyable venue to see this band.
If you have a chance, visit www.derektrucks.com and peruse the site for concert information and other stuff.
At such a young age (27) Derek has accomplished what most only dream of, but it's because he is very hard at work and surely will only get better with time. Derek toured the world with Eric Clapton in 2006, and is still a member of the Current Allman Brothers Line up. They are scheduled to make their final Beacon run in March. Derek has collaborated with many great artists including his wife Susan Tedeschi's new album "Back to the River", Verve, and Buddy Guy's latest work "Skin Deep", Zomba. As was stated earlier, this is an artist (Band) that is very enjoyable to see, and listen to, and indeed has many years of great Music for us all ahead.
DTB plans to release new album in mid Jan. '09.
Into the 10 O'Clock Hour with Trevor B. Power - On Air Interview with Derek slated for Late Jan. '09.