Tedeschi Trucks Band: Denver, CO, November 18, 2011
The majority of Friday night's program was drawn from the band's only album to date, Revelator
(Sony Masterworks, 2011). However, the band threw in a number of covers, almost all of which were hits before either band leader was born (Tedeschi 1970, Trucks 1979). "Everybody's Talkin,'" written by Fred Neil, was a hit for Harry Nilsson in 1969, but TTB's version was much more energetic than the folkier hit version from over 40 years ago. They also did "Darling be Home Soon," originally a hit for the Lovin' Spoonful in 1967, but later covered by Joe Cocker
in 1969. Toward the end of the show, the band's soul roots would not be denied as they delivered Stevie Wonder
's "Uptight," a hit in 1966. They followed that with the original "Love Has Something Else to Say," which merged with Bill Withers' 1973 hit "When I'm Kissing My Love," sung by trombonist Saunders Sermons
to close the set. The encore went further back still, starting with the traditional gospel tune "Wade in the Water," with the two backing vocalists coming right down front for some sweet three-part harmonies with Tedeschi, and ending with a funky Sylvester Stone medley of "Sing a Simple Song" (1968) and "I Want to Take You Higher" (1969).
Fate demanded the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Fate has finally paid off