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Spouses Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi (pictured last year) formed the highly acclaimed Tedeschi Trucks Band.
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BY WADE TATANGELO
The Bradenton Herald
BRADENTON, Fla.--Derek Trucks wanted his wife, Susan Tedeschi, who had received multiple nominations, to finally get her Grammy.
Guitar hero Derek, who joined his uncle Butch Trucks in the Allman Brothers Band about 1999, recalled setting the Grammy goal when the married couple formed The Tedeschi Trucks Band.
"When we first started putting the band together, I told her we're gonna do a record and you're gonna win your Grammy and not have to worry about it again," the 33-year-old Trucks said. "You're going to have that monkey off your back and just be able to focus on being in a great band and move forward."
The 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band, which features Susan on lead vocals and guitar, released its debut "Revelator" to virtually universal praise and won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album last February.
But under strange circumstances. The other Grammy nominees in the category included Allman Brothers Band leader Gregg Allman and fellow Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes, who both also happened to release great solo albums in 2011.
"That one was special," Trucks said of the Grammy Award. "I felt really good about the record but being up against Gregg and Warren made it, not awkward, but unique [nervous laugh].
"But Susan had been up, I think, five times before. I definitely felt it would drag on her a bit if we didn't win."
Last May, the Tedeschi Trucks Band issued the dazzling double-disc "Everybody's Talkin,'" one of the best live albums released so far this century.
Trucks said no overdubs were used, a common practice with "live" albums, and that all the tracks were culled from just two shows.
"The most amazing part was going back and listening to the band," he said. "On stage, I'm so hyper critical. But listening in the control room, running through the tunes, it was pretty inspiring hearing the whole band whupping [butt]."
Trucks, Tedeschi and the rest of the band are returning to the couple's home studio in Jacksonville to record the proper follow-up to "Revelator."
"I'm ready to play," Trucks said. "This has been one of the longest breaks without gigging and my personal playing just feels fresher."