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Tedeschi Trucks on tour with kids in tow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Derek Trucks grew up on the road touring with The Allman Brothers and The Derek Trucks Band. Now his children are getting a chance to experience the same thing.

“It’s almost the last day of school for them and we’re gearing up to head out for the summer,” Trucks says during a recent phone interview. “This is their summer experience. They’ve got their bunks all picked out.”

Trucks, 34, is part of the namesake of the blues rock outfit, Tedeschi Trucks Band. He and his wife, Susan Tedeschi formed the band in 2010.

The 11-member band is on tour in support of its upcoming album, “Made Up Mind,” which is the follow-up to the most recent studio album, “Revelator.”

Tedeschi Trucks Band
With Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Eric McFaddenWHEN: 7 tonight

WHERE: Sandia Amphitheater, 30 Rainbow Road NE

HOW MUCH: $25-$115 at or 800-745-3000

Trucks says he’s excited for fans to hear “Made Up Mind” because the band has grown in the past three years.

“This is just a more realized and more confident record,” he explains. “I really loved ‘Revelator’ and it was the birth of this band. We’ve been on the road hard for three years and there’s a lot of experience that we’ve gained there and it shows on the new album.”

While the album is more complete, Trucks says the writing process for the two albums was similar.

“There are a handful of people that we worked with that we really love writing with,” he says. “And when we got in the studio and made demos, those were some of the best times I’ve had as a musician.”

While “Made Up Mind” is a complete album, Trucks says there are about 10 or 12 songs that didn’t make the cut. He says weeding out the songs often can be difficult.

“Some of the tracks started out as my favorite,” he says. “But as we started recording, it would either fit the mold of the album or not. At that point, you have to trust your instincts and just move on.”

Trucks says those decisions were made easier because the band worked again with producer Jim Scott.

“One of the things about working with Jim is that we head into the session with different angles,” he says. “But we end up with the same result. Somewhere along the way we cross paths and find a common ground.”

While Trucks is excited to head out on tour, he admits that the travel can be draining. He says traveling with 11 members of the band can be difficult because everyone moves at a different pace.