Trucks said he looked over at Kofi Burbridge, Oteil's brother, and the keyboardist was grinning happily.
"He was like a little kid," Trucks said. "The rest of the band felt it, too; they'd found their bass player. That's a rare thing. It's what you hope for, but it actually happened."
LaFave officially joined the band a month ago.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band has a new record out, its second, "Made Up Mind," released in August.
Trucks sounded like he likes the follow-up better than their debut.
"I think the band was just much more confident going in this time," he said. "We knew what was possible and we hit the ground running.
"I've never felt as good about a record as this one. The making of it, from start to finish, just the whole thing, felt right."
He's glad to be out there on the road showing off the new material, though he added that the funny thing about releasing a new record is it makes him want to get started on recording another one.
Not just a family band, a family man
As much as he and Tedeschi are on the road, they try to balance their careers in music with their roles as parents. The two have a son and daughter. Both attend elementary school in Jacksonville, Fla., but Trucks said they bring them on the road in the summer and during breaks as much as they can.
Lately, that's maybe less with their son, who has developed a love of sports.
"He's been playing a lot of baseball," Trucks said. "That's where his head is at."
Their kids, he added, are music fans.
"They listen to good music," he said. "It's still Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder and a lot of great soul music -- at least when I'm around that's what they're playing."
The guitarist acknowledged that might be just for his benefit. He said he doesn't force them to choose only music he likes -- sort of.
"I tell them, I'm not going to tell you what you can't listen to. I will tell you what I will not buy." He laughed and said, "That's my only ground rule."
Heavy weight of success
The work is never ending, but Trucks doesn't mind. He has a lot to live up to. Two years ago, Trucks was honored along with the rest of the Allman Brothers with a lifetime achievement award.
Trucks began performing with the Allman Brothers when he was 13. For several years, he played shows with the bluesy, southern rock as a guest before becoming a full-fledged member of the outfit in 1999, about the age of 19.
Considered something of a guitar prodigy (Rolling Stone magazine lists him as No. 16 on their Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time list), he's a little unsure as to what a lifetime achievement award is supposed to mean.
"I really appreciated the band," he said. "It was a really nice gesture to include us."
Trucks said he didn't think the older members of the Allman Brothers would have accepted the award if the Grammy hadn't also agreed to honor the younger members of the band, which includes him, guitarist Warren Haynes and Oteil Burbridge.
The trio has been credited with reinvigorating the classic rock outfit and breathing new life into the music.
"It was really them making it happen," he said. "The gesture is humbling. I don't think I've fully earned that. I've helped with the past 10 to 15 years and even if I hadn't, they'd have still got the award."
He laughed and added, "But I did keep the trophy. I didn't give it back."
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