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Derek Trucks makes Tedeschi Trucks Band his full priority

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The end of the Allman Brothers Band last October has left Derek Trucks free to concentrate on other musical pursuits.

And the chief beneficiary of that is the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which the guitarist leads with is wife, Susan Tedeschi.

"It just feels more like a solid band now," Trucks, 36 -- the nephew of Allmans drummer Butch Trucks -- says by phone from a tour stop in Kansas. "I guess the last 15 years or so it's been two or three months at a time, then you kind of switch gears and do something else. So it took a minute for it to register that you're not switching gears anymore. You get to focus in and really grind something out with this band, which feels really nice.

"I mean, everybody's always put everything they had into it, but I think everybody feels safer now just plowing full-steam ahead. It has to throw you a little bit when you're charging down the road and then one of the co-leaders is off for two or three months at a time doing other things. So it's nice now to be able to point the bus in one direction and just roll."

Since its formation in 2010 -- following an early "preview" appearance at Michigan's Rothbury Music Festival -- the TTB has released two studio albums and a live set, with a lineup that's been settled since the 2013 arrival of bassist Tim Lefebvre. The group is in the midst of a full slate of summer shows, but it's also been working on its next album in the couple's home studio in Georgia, with nearly 15 songs already worked up with co-producer Doyle Bramhall II and a hoped-for release later this year or in early 2015.

"It's really a band record this time," Trucks says. "I think we're getting braver in the studio, experimenting with sounds, and just kind of turning the band loose and letting it do just what it does naturally. Everyone's throwing in ideas and you can definitely feel the pride inside the band.

"I think everybody feels like it's being kind of birthed FROM the band and not just the band playing on songs (Tedeschi) and I brought in. They put a lot into the last two, but this one definitely feels a bit different. I'm really excited about it."

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Doyle Bramhall II

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.

Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills.

Tickets are $39.50-$99.50 pavilion, $30 lawn.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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