Derek Trucks: Smokin’ Solo on Government Mule’s “Rockin’ Horse” Recorded “Live At The Beacon Theatre”

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Derek Trucks: Smokin’ Solo on Government Mule’s “Rockin’ Horse” Recorded “Live At The Beacon Theatre”

“Live At The Beacon Theatre” in New York City has become an annual jam tradition for Gov’t Mule and they bring out the big guns, like The Allman Brothers‘ guitarist Derek Trucks. Here Trucks solos at length on “Rockin’ Horse.” Trucks starts out quiet with some gentle blues-y picking before reaching into his pocket at 1:25 to whip out his glass slide and crank the jam higher, to the obvious delight of fellow guitarist Warren Haynes.

 

Trucks, 30 here, is a child prodigy who was playing with legends like Buddy Guy and touring with The Allman Brothers by age 12. His uncle is Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks. Derek is married to blues singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi.

 

Note how Trucks uses all the fingers of his right hand to pluck the strings, instead of a flatpick or thumb pick. Whether with the Allman Brothers, the Mule or his own Derek Trucks Band, Trucks is one of the most searing slide guitarists playing today, as this clip illustrates.

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