THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND > Already Free

Those who have had the privilege of seeing a Trucks show know that nothing compares to seeing him live-the slide guitarist and his virtuosic, cohesive band have an energy that can be described as nothing but infectious.Label: RCA VICTOR
Rating: ★★★★☆


Those who have had the privilege of seeing a Trucks show know that nothing compares to seeing him live-the slide guitarist and his virtuosic, cohesive band have an energy that can be described as nothing but infectious. Capturing the raw energy only live performance can provide is often a difficult task for artists, but Trucks and Co. pull it off on the musically diverse Already Free. “Down in the Flood,” an amped-up Dylan cover, is Trucks at his finest-seamlessly switching from buttery smooth, melodic guitar lines that could easily be mistaken for vocals to distorted swamp rock like he’s been doing it all his life (oh wait, he has…). Other standouts feature guests-fellow bluesman Doyle Bramhall II on the laidback rocker “Maybe This Time” and Trucks’ wife and soul/blues vocalist Susan Tedeschi on “Back Where I Started.” Listening to Free will never be the same as seeing Trucks perform the songs live, but it’s a welcome substitution