Already Free - Derek Trucks Band
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  • Summary: The latest album for the nephew of the Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks features other blues artists such as Doyle Bramhall II, Oteil Burbridge, Susan Tedeschi, and Warren Haynes.
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  1. By tapping into the limitless well of America’s musical traditions, Trucks has brought forth one of 2009’s first true gems and his best effort to date.
  2. Trucks' bluesy playing is excellent throughout, though he knows when to cede space to vocalist Mike Mattison or guest Doyle Bramhall II.
  3. Derek Trucks Band has produced its most commercially viable CD to date.
  4. This album is his best yet with his own band, a potent dose of rock and R&B instead of the lighter jazz and world music of past efforts.
  5. 80
    Mike Mattison's gritty lead vocals are fully functional, but it's Trucks' consistently mesmerising guitar and dobro that draw the ear. [Feb 2009, p.99]
  6. Derek Trucks could very well be the best guitarist of his generation, and his sixth studio disc is his band's most accessible blues-rock set to date.
  7. 40
    It’s hard to listen to Already Free without thinking: Visine. Need Visine. That’s how redolent of pot-smoke-and-jam-band mud fields this music is.

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