Derek Trucks names 11 guitarists who shaped his sound

Derek Trucks performs onstage with the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on February 23, 2023
(Image credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

At the tender age of 20, Derek Trucks became an official member of the Allman Brothers Band – the same band that inspired him to pick up the guitar in the first place.

Some 24 years later, now a grizzled veteran at the age of 43, Trucks is still on the road. These days, he takes the stage with his partner in both music and life, Susan Tedeschi, leading an ensemble unit aptly named the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.