Ahead of the Tedeschi Trucks Band playing a “hometown” Atlanta show, Derek Trucks has been talking to The Atlanta Magazine about playing live, influences and his favorite guitarists.

When asked about his favorite guitar players, Trucks – widely considered a modern great himself – says: “For me, Duane Allman was my first influence, so he’s always right near the top. Then there’s Charlie Christian, who was one of the first electric soloists. He played stuff that people still haven’t quite topped.

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“I love the old blues guys, too. The way John Lee Hooker approaches the instrument is so singular and unique. It’s not always technique and flash for me; it’s ‘how does it stick with you?’

“But I could give you my Top 20, and it would be 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D... At a certain level, when you make it to that pantheon, you can be tied, but you can’t be beat.”

Trucks also appreciates the wonder of the Allman Brothers Band’s original At Fillmore East album. Although Trucks went on to play with the Allman Brothers Band for 15 years himself, 1999 to 2014, he says the allure of that live recording – released eight years before he was even born – is unrivalled.

“That record is a giant, Trucks says. “But it’s such a different day and age now. In 1971, when that record came out, after you played a show it wasn’t immediately on YouTube the next day. If people traded shows in the 1970s, it was reel-to-reel. The days of a live record just totally breaking out like that, it’s probably not going to happen again.”

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