n a little more than a decade, guitarist Derek Trucks has established himself as one of the premiere slide guitarists in contemporary music, and one of the most popular blues-based artists. The unique sound of the Derek Trucks Band is an inspired combination of blues, rock, jazz, and world music that showcases not only the incredible musical chemistry of the band's members, but also the diverse tastes of the band's namesake. The Derek Trucks Band as we know it came together in pieces over time. Bassist Todd Sallie was the first member, the veteran Atlanta-area musician hooking up with Trucks in 1994. A year later they added drummer Yonrico Scott, an instrumental prodigy himself who, at 20 years older than Trucks, brought both life and musical experience to the band. Keyboardist and flautist Kofi Bur bridge joined in 1999. In 2002 the band added vocalist Mike Mattison, who also fronts the band Symptomatic. Atlanta-area musical legend Count M’Butu, who has played with Col. Bruce Hampton, Chuck Leave ll, and others, rounds out the band.