Derek Trucks is gearing up for the release of Made Up Mind, the new Tedeschi Trucks Band album slated to hit stores next month. Speaking to Rolling Stone, he and wife Susan Tedeschi say recording at the couple’s Swamp Raga studios in Florida fostered a casually productive atmosphere. “There's something nice about having a studio where it doesn't feel like work," says Trucks. “Everyone just shows up and it's a hang. You're rehearsing in a place where you just turn the knob and now you're recording.”
Made Up Mind is said to feature the same sizzling blend of blues, rock and R&B that made the group’s debut, Revelator, a sensation. The band has been road-testing most of the songs on their current tour. “You want to play it when you have new tunes that you feel good about,” says Trucks. “But you want the record … to still feel fresh and like new music."
Trucks points out that the 11-piece band gelled early on, building a special chemistry that carried over into the making of the new album. “From the first moments of [the 11 of us] playing in the studio together, there were elements of it that were magic,” he explains. “It took a long time for everybody to find their place. But I remember about six months in … it just started flying."