We've talked a ton about influences from a guitarist point of view...What other musicians have you been influenced by that are a bit outside the box from the usual guitar oriented standpoint?
I'll start it off...
Ali Akbar Khan...The Album Garden of Dreams made a huge impact on me...Hindustani Classical Musician...Master of the Sarod...He is one of Derek Trucks greatest influences...passed away in 2009 but left us with a tremendous body of work!
Trane...and his Sheets of Sound...enough said.
Carter Beauford...one of the best drummers on the planet....extremely unique sense of rhythm...rubbed off on me big time from covering DMB back in college.