For many a bluesman, standing at the Crossroads is a mostly apocryphal experience, the stuff of myth and legends. But when Rocks Off reached Derek Trucks at his New York hotel room last month, the myth is quite real.
Photo by Mark Seliger/OnTour PR The Tedeschi Trucks Band: The per diem costs alone must kill their accountant. From left to right: Mark Rivers, Tyler Greenwell, Kofi Burbridge (sitting), Kebbi Williams, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Mike Mattison, Maurice Brown, J.J. Johnson (sitting) and Saunders Sermons. Tim Lefebvre had not joined the group yet.
In a few days, he'll take the stage with the Allman Brothers Band for their annual run of shows at the Beacon Theatre. Except it will be the last-ever live dates with the venerable group for both guitarists Trucks and Warren Haynes, both having previously announced their departure. And - depending on which member speaks to the media on which day - may be the ABB's last live dates ever.
"It's a trip. We started rehearsals last night for the last run, and I can't tell who is processing what in what way yet. I don't know if we'll ever be on the same page about [any future for the group], but for me, this is it. And I know Warren as well," Trucks says.