As I mentioned last week, I recently caught up with Derek Trucks in preview of his band, Tedeschi Trucks, playing the Paramount on Friday. Here's the second installment of our mini-series dissecting his words of wisdom.
After years of record label red tape keeping the husband/wife duo from making a proper record together, Trucks said they just wouldn't take no for an answer this time.
Trucks: I've always found that, especially in the music business, you just have to be incredibly stubborn about what you believe in ... you decide what kind of band you're going to be, you decide what kind of record you're going to make.
I was surprised to hear that Trucks and Tedeschi aren't really putting their solo careers on hold, they've pretty much abandoned them completely, and they're not keeping their bands on the back burner as a safety net.
Trucks: I think to make great music there's got to be that threat at all times. It's so easy to get complacent and just phone it in with anything you do. With music... either it's urgent ... or kind of worthless. It's gotta be forward-momentum the whole time. Otherwise, do something else.
To me, that's what separates artists from entertainers. To be an artist, you've got to mean it.