The nephew of founding member and drummer of The Allman Brothers Brothers, Derek Trucks was taught the guitar at a young age and by the time he was 9 years old he was considered a child prodigy. A few years after meeting Susan Tedeschi, an accomplished blues guitarist in her own right, the two decided to get married and start a band called the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group was founded in 2010 and features a revolving cast of respected musicians, but Tedeschi and Trucks are always the two constant core members. The band plays an eclectic style of blues rock and because the band boasts the inclusion of two extremely talented guitarists in its lineup, many six-string aficionados consider the group to be one of the better touring outfits on the road today.
The Chattanooga Mocs represents the athletic programs and
intercollegiate teams of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The school has NCAA Division I standing and competes in the Southern Conference. UTC sponsors a number of men's and women's teams in sports such as baseball, football, basketball, golf, wrestling and softball. The NFL's Terrell Owens is a notable alumni, and the university's basketball program was ranked number 48 on the ESPN list of the most prestigious basketball programs since the 1984–85 season.
Santa Barbara, California band Rebelution continues a Southern California affection for reggae, dub and ska. Made popular in part by seminal band Sublime, a new generation of California reggae-lovers have had great success in carrying the tradition along. Consider Rebelution the flag bearers of such a tradition. The band has had considerable commercial success with their brand of pop-leaning roots reggae, and find even greater success on the road. The band plays constantly through out the year, and bring along a rabid fanbase to boot.
Known as one of the more unpredictable acts of the its generation, the indie rock band of Montreal began as a psychedelic pop band in 1996 and has since evolved its sound into a neo-psychedelic mixture of funk, dance-punk, glam, electronica and afrobeat. Hailing from Athens, GA the band released its debut album Cherry Peel, in 1997 and with its next few subsequent albums, claimed a spot in the heart of the independent music scene despite never really receiving any mainstream success. A part of the Elephant 6 record company and music collective, the band is among the ranks of other indie darlings with its ability to marry several different musical styles with standard elements of pop music.