It's the guitar overall that powers Southern rock (and typically "guitar armies" that characterize the genre). Of all the Second Wavers, one-man axe armada Derek Trucks, nephew of esteemed Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch, is the most anointed. To be sure, Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes is (justifiably) more famous and a triple-threat hisself, yet even Haynes has been amazed by Trucks the Younger's gift since the latter was nine and began to sit in with players throughout the Allmans 'family network. The Derek Trucks Band was Trucks 'first official bow on disc — peaking with early crowd favorite "Egg 15," a seven-and-a-half minute, modal jazzy tour de force — and, while uneven and inferior to the live act, ably demonstrates that we'll all remain mighty "skurred" of him for years to come (especially in his virtuoso swings from raga fusion to blues blended with country gospel to Latinized jazz-rock).
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