Centuries ago, troubadours roved the land, offering their music to anyone and everyone who'd listen. They came to town, broke your heart or raised you up -- or both -- passed the hat and headed off to the next burg.
Today, traveling roadshows are more akin to a Barnum & Bailey Circus than to the old-school notion of a minstrel on wheels. But from the tender age of 16, Derek Trucks has been doing just that: touring and touring and touring some more.
Not one to pass through your town once every four years or so, pausing in between to live a playboy's life, make an album and appear on the VH1 Fashion Awards, Trucks, whether with the Allman Brothers or his own Derek Trucks Band, hits markets repeatedly, logging miles like a road dog whose only real satisfaction comes from the indescribable magic of discovering music with a band of like-minded brothers before a live audience.
Thus, we saw Trucks lay claim to his generation's electric guitar throne this summer at an Allman's show at Six Flags Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, and we'll see him do the same -- albeit, with an emphasis on jazz modalities and greasy funk -- when he and the band that bears his name come back to the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Get psyched up for the gig by visiting www.derektrucks.com, where you can pick up the devastatingly awesome live twin-disc set, "At Georgia Theatre." Tickets are $24 each (box office, Ticketmaster). Or call 852-5000.