Already Free


Electric guitar hero Derek Trucks expertly revives the spirit of the early Allman Brothers sound with the sixth album from The Derek Trucks Band, Already Free. Recording in his Jacksonville Florida studio, Trucks lays down a set of smokin’ bluesy rock originals and covers including a lead off take of Bob Dylan’s “Down In The Flood, from the Bob’s famous Basement Tapes album. Close nephew of founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks, Derek Trucks is a bona fide new millennium cross of Clapton and King while professing a legacy towards early Allman Brothers albums that the Trucks name added and continues to add to. With a solid groove all it’s own, Already Free is a suitable mix of well recorded Southern style countrified blues-rock. With a fine band, including singer Mike Mattison (sounding here a lot like Greg Allman), the CD also features guest shots from Doyle Bramhall II and Trucks’ wife, guitarist Susan Tedeschi. Trucks was superb at Eric Clapton’s recent Crossroads concerts and Already Free lives up to Clapton’s noteworthy vision of Trucks as the second coming of Duane Allman.


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