Music : rock, southern rock
Black Crowes & Tedeschi Trucks Band
4225 Whites Creek Pike
Nashville TN 37189
Friday, July 19, 2013
Tedeschi Trucks Band
• Derek Trucks – Guitar
• Susan Tedeschi - Guitar & Vocals
• Oteil Burbridge - Bass Guitar
• Kofi Burbridge - Keyboards & Flute
• Tyler Greenwell - Drums & Percussion
• J.J. Johnson - Drums & Percussion
• Mike Mattison - Harmony Vocals
• Mark Rivers - Harmony Vocals
• Kebbi Williams – Saxophone
• Maurice Brown – Trumpet
• Saunders Sermons – Trombone
What a difference 365 days can make. Only one year ago Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 11-piece group led by the husband-wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, debuted with the album Revelator. TTB -- as their fans have come to know them -- and their set list were new, itching to be road-tested. Within a few months, the group had proven themselves one of the hottest, most uplifting acts on the road today - playing concerts that drew tens of thousands of fans and, through radio, TV, and internet-play, reached hundreds of thousands more. In just the past few months, they reached pinnacles of accomplishment that most bands spend a career trying to reach.
In February, Revelator won a Grammy for Best Blues Album of the Year, while Trucks himself, along with TTB bandmate Oteil Burbridge, were honored with lifetime Grammys for their membership in The Allman Brothers Band. In March, Tedeschi and Trucks were invited to perform at the White House with Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and yes, President Barack Obama himself (who sang a verse of “Sweet Home Chicago”). A week later, they appeared at the Apollo Theater, joining Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and a host of guitar heavyweights in an all-star tribute to bluesman Hubert Sumlin.
“It's been an amazing year. I really never imagined it would have turned out quite like this, especially the last few months. The momentum picked up and it just really started rolling - everything kind of happened at once,” says Trucks, who maintains that his focus, and that of TTB have remained steadfast on the music itself. “As over the top as a lot of that stuff is, the one thing I notice is, it doesn’t really feel any different than being on the road and having successful shows, like on our European tour and in Japan, and seeing the crowds grow. The way the band took shape musically around the time that we decided to record a live record was pretty exciting.”
Everybody’s Talkin’ is both, a catalog of a triumphant year of growth and a great listening experience. Tracks flow one into the next with the collective spirit and lift of a typical TTB concert - raising the roof with a Saturday night sense of abandon, and gently concluding with a Sunday morning spiritual. Featured are versions of tunes from Revelator that are already crowd favorites - “Bound For Glory,” “Love Has Something Else To Say” - some with added details, like the fresh horn part that pushes “Learn How To Love” a notch higher than the studio original, or the tasteful, quotes of “Swamp Raga” and “Little Martha” on slide-guitar that set the stage for “Midnight in Harlem.” Other songs portray the group’s abiding affection for a truly wide range of soulful and gritty forebears, including Stevie Wonder (“Uptight”), Elmore James (“Rollin’ And Tumblin’”), Bill Withers (“Kissing My Love”), John Sebastian (“Darling Be Home Soon”), Bobby Bland (“That Did It”), Harry Nilsson (“Everybody’s Talkin’”) and the Staple Singers (“Wade In The Water”).
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