I came early because I had hopes of getting a chance to meet Derek and get him to autograph a few CDs and maybe even my guitar. I had exchanged some email messages with his management related to being part of the Street Team and I asked if Derek would be available either before or after the show for some autographs. The response was very encouraging -- they told me that Derek usually hung out a little bit after every show to talk with the fans and sign autographs. Also, they suggested that I might be able to catch him before the show by finding someone who works on the show and ask if I could get an autograph.
So I went back to the truck and got my guitar. Mrs. Mellow and I waited a few minutes and the man with whom I spoke earlier came back and invited us on the bus. It sure is crowded in a tour bus. Everyone from the band was sitting around talking, and Derek had come up front to talk with us. He even already had a Sharpie to sign stuff for us. Derek was really nice and fun to chat with. We were only on the bus for a few minutes, but it was a nice visit. Derek was extremely friendly and didn't seem to mind indulging our autograph-seeking before the show. He even signed my crappy acoustic guitar! I apologized for asking him to sign such a crappy guitar and he laughed it off saying that his first "real" guitar was a Yahama (mine's a Yahama Eterna) and that he still has it. You better believe that I'll not be getting rid of my Eterna anytime soon now.
The show itself was amazing. It was the bomb-diggity and funk-a-licious all at once. Vusi Mahlasela was way cool -- I even picked up his CD and have listened to it twice since getting it last night. The Derek Trucks Band was killer. The energy was great. The crowd loved the show. The band and the crowd had a great connection. I really hope someone taped the show and it shows up on The Live Music Archive's collection of Derek Trucks Band shows (free and legal for downloading) soon. I would love to get a copy of that show. If, by chance, you happen to have a copy of the Derek Trucks Band show at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem on November 13, 2003, please get in touch with me so we can arrange a trade.
After the show, we all hung out by the door a little bit. I got to chat with Vusi a little bit and he was kind enough to autograph the CD I bought. A few minutes later, Derek came out and posed for pictures with a couple of people, including the one at the top of this post that repast took with Derek and me.
All told, it was a great show. I'm definitely looking forward to the next time he's in the area and I can go see him again!</a>