Tedeschi Trucks Band Red Rocks Denver, CO July 25, 2014 Never underestimate the power of a cover. A cleverly selected and well executed cover tune can be like a firecracker with a too-short fuse, a shot of vodka when you expected water, a lightning bolt out of a clear, blue sky. The Tedeschi Trucks Band threw a lightning strike with its very first song Friday night, July 25, at Red Rocks, exhuming Traffic's Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring," a rather obscure but tasty tune from its earlier catalog. In a year when both Steve ...read more
Tedeschi Trucks Band Vogue Theater Vancouver, BC November 8, 2013 Jazz has always taken from the pop music of its day and culturalized it, intellectualized it, added some soul or swing and for those who are capable, added the personalized artistic X factor that is unique to that artist's DNA. Not that simple by any means, of course. Today, the younger rock generation often wishes they were around when the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, the Doors and the Allman Brothers were ...read more
Tedeschi Trucks Band's debut, Revelator (Sony Masterworks, 2010), was a marvel of modern blues-rock. Songs deeply rooted in genre tradition ultimately comprised a deeply felt personal statement by the dual leaders of the group, guitarist Derek Trucks and vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi.The group's sophomore album, Made Up Mind, not surprisingly, radiates an even more mature sense of style. Placing the title song first may seem an obvious ploy to set a tone, but the sequencing works: Tedeschi's singing, as much as it recalls a young Bonnie Raitt, is nevertheless potent in its delivery, while Trucks' solo reaffirms the point ...read more
In so many ways, Tedeschi Trucks Band has bucked the odds: a band, on paper, doomed to fail and yet, here it is with its second studio recording, after the 2011 debut, Revelator and 2012 live album, Everybody's Talkin' (both, Sony Masterworks). In these days of escalating touring costs, the idea of an eleven-piece rock/soul/blues band being not just viable but successful would seem impossible. Then there's the decades-old unwritten rule: never date--or, worse, marry--one of your band mates.And yet, with a behemoth of a band and its two leaders a married couple, TTB continues, moving from success ...read more
Since the assimilation of the Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks bands into the eleven-member Tedeschi Trucks Band, the group has worked, creatively speaking, non-stop. The band debuted with 2011's Revelator (Sony Masterworks) followed by the live set, Tedeschi Trucks Band Live: Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks, 2012), and its requisite tour, reviewed within these electrons. The band releases its second studio recording with a hint that it has acquired its musical sea legs, forging ahead with a confidence gained from the success of its two previous releases. The result on Made Up Mind is music made by a ...read more
Tedeschi Trucks Band / Grace Potter and the Nocturnals / JJ Grey and MofroRed Rocks AmphitheaterDenver, COJune 15, 2013When you walk into the venue and the stage is set up with three Hammond B-3 organs, each with its own Leslie speaker, you know you're in for something earthy and gritty. And what better place for earthiness and grittiness than Red Rocks Amphitheater, carved out of rock formations that are between 300 million and 1.7 billion years old? Throw in perfect June weather and three bands that mix various amounts of blues, rock, soul, funk and ...read more
Tedeschi Trucks BandRobinson AuditoriumLittle Rock, ArkansasJuly 15, 2012The post-millennial Allman Brothers Band has given rise to a number of notable side projects. Among these offshoots are guitarist Warren Haynes' projects Gov't Mule and The Warren Haynes Band, bassist Oteil Burbridge's Oteil and the Pacemakers, drummer Jai Johanny Johanson's Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, and guitarist Derek Trucks' Derek Trucks Band. Trucks, nephew of ABB drummer Butch Trucks has successfully led his own band since the release of The Derek Trucks Band (Landslide Records, 1997). Since that time, the Derek Trucks Band has released seven more well-received recordings. ...read more
Tedeschi Trucks Band Live: Everybody's Talkin' Sony Masterworks 2012 Back in 2009, vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks formed a band they dubbed Soul Stew Revival, devoted almost exclusively to vintage r&b material. The presence of cover material on Live Everybody's Talkin' hearkens to that side project which, in the interim, has become a full-time endeavor for its principals and an even greater labor of love. The title track, in fact, suggests the focus of the Tedeschi Trucks Band on structured but stylish arrangements in which well-placed solos add to the atmosphere ...read more
Tedeschi Trucks BandFillmore AuditoriumDenver, CONovember 18, 2011 Fate demanded the Tedeschi Trucks Band. It's been an inexorable march over the last decade and now it's paid off. Susan Tedeschi released her first album, Just Won't Burn (Tone Cool, 1998) 13 years ago. She sported girl-next-door good looks and a contrasting take-no-prisoners voice. Over the years she released four more albums under her name. Derek Trucks, meanwhile, became co-lead guitarist in the Allman Brothers Band in 1999, after jamming with the band starting at age 12. He landed those gigs with his child-prodigy ...read more
The Tedeschi Trucks BandThe Flynn Center for the Performing ArtsBurlington, VTOctober 18, 2011 The Tedeschi Trucks Band offered an expertly-executed show to a near sold-out house at the Flynn Center on October 18, 2011. It was little wonder the audience trekked out satiated at the end of the muted gospel encore, especially because the final thirty minutes was conceived (contrived?) to enhance the cumulative effect of the previous two hours of mature and largely honest musicianship. The concert wasn't quite so impressive as TTB's studio album, Revelator (Sony Masterworks, 2011), simply because ...read more
The Derek Trucks Band has grown into a finely-tuned big band, adding the guitarist's wife, singer Susan Tedeschi, to the masthead and front lineup, resulting in a fresh sound that eschews every blues and soul cliché that could be feared from such an ambitious project. All of the principles bring with them a loam of experience that informs every molecule of this music. Guitarist/vocalist (and fellow Allman Brothers Band alum) Warren Haynes, on his Man In Motion (Stax, 2011), has basically done the same thing with less memorable results. All walk the path of The Butterfield Blues Band, Electric Flag, ...read more
A natural extension of Already Free (Victor, 2009), the most recent (but hopefully not the last) studio recording by The Derek Trucks Band, the debut album by the Tedeschi Trucks Band broadens the scope of this blues-rooted music with a bigger and proportionately versatile eleven-piece band. The entire unit kicks in on the catchy opener, Come See About Me," as double drummers match each other's syncopation in front of a hard-pumping horn section. Kofi Burbridge spins out white-hot clavinet licks before guitarist Derek Trucks slices in with his slide and, upon Susan Tedeschi's reentry on lead vocal, additional ...read more
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