28 Nov 08
The Derek Trucks Band highly anticipated sixth studio album, "Already Free", hits store shelves on 13 January 2009.
Self-produced by Trucks in his home studio in Florida, it represents 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 largers sounds of rock and soul.
Trucks said that, "this album was completely organic. We had no expectations. We just came down and started writing. Then one thing led to the next. I had all this time off so I just started calling up friends. And once the process started rolling and once we realized that we were onto something, we were writing tunes and all the sounds we were getting were amazing and it was starting to feel great. It felt like something was happening and we wanted to keep throwing musicians on the fire."
The band consists of Derek Turcks on guitar, Todd Smallie on bass, percussionist Count M’Buto, Yonrico Scott on drums, Kofi Burbridge on keyboards and vocalist Mike Mattison. The band was joined by pals like Doyle Bramhall II, Oteil Burbridge and Trucks’ wife, Susan Tedeschi in the studio. Bramhall takes over vocal duties on two songs, "Maybe This Time" and "Our Love."
The first single from the album – a cover of "Down In The Flood" from Bob Dylan and The Band’s "The Basement Tapes" was released 4 November. It has almost more relevance now post-Hurricane Katrina than when it was written 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 on what is poised to be the band’s definitive album.
01. Down In The Flood
02. Something To Make You Happy
03. Maybe This Time
04. Sweet Inspiration
05. Don’t Miss Me
06. Get What You Deserve
07. Our Love
08. Down Don’t Bother Me
09. Day Is Almost Gone
10. Back Where I Started
11. I Know
12. Already Free
For more information, visit www.derektrucksband.com