Derek Trucks, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, recently participated in an interview with Total Guitar in which he discussed his immense admiration for David Gilmour and how he has “created his own universe on guitar.” In 1994, Derek Trucks began his professional music career by forming The Derek Trucks Band. In the years that followed, he had the opportunity to tour and perform with notable artists such as Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, and Joe Walsh. Initially a guest musician in The Allman Brothers Band, the guitarist became a permanent member of the group in 1999.
Trucks played on all three of the band’s albums, ‘Peakin’ at the Beacon,’ ‘Hittin’ the Note,’ and ‘One Way Out.’ The guitarist is currently a member of the band Tedeschi Trucks Band, which he and his wife formed in 2010. Trucks’ guitar playing is rooted in blues and rock, but he has been influenced by jazz, soul, Southern rock, and Latin music, among others. Throughout his career, Derek Trucks, an eclectic musician, has been influenced by numerous guitarists, including Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour. The musician stated in a recent interview that Gilmour’s unique approach to the instrument makes his playing nearly inimitable. Trucks also stated that Gilmour has a magical guitar tone and a unique musical identity that set him apart from other guitarists. His holistic approach to music endows his guitar sound with remarkable integrity.
His admiration for David Gilmour, as expressed by Derek Trucks: “With a musician as talented as David Gilmour, it’s difficult to zero in on just one specific track. When listening to the early Pink Floyd albums now, it is evident that there has been an evolution. However, other aspects of Pink Floyd remained unchanged. There are certain things you cannot avoid if you are that person! This concept of having one’s own musical identity is incredibly beautiful. We do it in order to express who we are. David Gilmour is one of these characters with this holistic quality. I believe he has created his own universe through his tone and approach on the guitar. It can be heard in his earliest recordings with Floyd, such as “The Nile Song.”
When he plays, it transports you back in time and makes you feel as though you’re in a particular place. So whenever I hear him, I am reminded of spending time with one of my uncles as a child. He was a huge Pink Floyd fan, particularly of David Gilmour’s guitar work. When I hear this tone, these are the emotions and thoughts that come to mind. It has always been there for me, with all these magical sounds.” Derek Trucks stated elsewhere in the same interview that he cannot recall a single instance in which he did not appreciate David Gilmour’s playing. He is always mesmerized by what he does with his instrument due to his distinctive sound, which is difficult to mistake for anyone else’s.