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Tedeschi Trucks Band to perform at historic Dockery Farms

Tedeschi_Trucks_Band_Photo_Credit_Tedeschi_Trucks_Band_Duo_Exclusive_3The Dockery Farms Foundation has announced that the Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform this year’s outdoor show at the historic location on April 24. It follows their first annual show last year featuring Roseanne Cash.

Dockery Farms is considered one of the holy sites of the Delta Blues and draws visitors from all over the world. Located just east of Cleveland, Miss., it was the home of blues pioneer Charley Patton, who taught locals including Howlin’ Wolf and Pops Staples.

The non-profit Dockery Farms Foundation is focused on preserving the historic property and facilitating public interest in its musical and agricultural heritage.

TTB is touring on the heels of their new album Let Me Get By, which was released in January. The Dockery show provides a rare example to catch the band in an intimate and historical setting.

“This couldn’t come at a better time, soon after the release of the band’s latest album and at a time when they are playing to sold-out venues in Nashville, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.” said Carolyn Powers, co-chair of the Dockery Farms Foundation.

Bill Lester, executive director of the Dockery Farms Foundation, added, “The Tedeschi Trucks Band is just on fire right now, and we expect a high level of excitement that they will be coming here to play.”

One of the restored buildings on the grounds, the former cotton storage shed, will be the main stage for the concert, which is a fundraiser for the Foundation. The show will start at 7:00 p.m., with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. with a yet-to-be-named opening act.

More information and tickets are available on the Dockery Farms website.

Following a tour of Australia and Japan, Tedeschi Trucks Bands stateside  Spring Tour dates are as follows:


April 17      Charleston, SC             Southern Ground Music and Food Festival

April 20      Kansas City, MO        Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

April 21      Ames, IA                      Stephens Auditorium

April 23      Birmingham, AL           Legacy Arena at The BJCC

with Widespread Panic

April 24      Cleveland, MS              Dockery Farms

April 28      New Orleans, LA         New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 7         Buffalo, NY             University At Buffalo Center For The Arts

May 8         Buffalo, NY                  University At Buffalo Center For The Arts     with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

May 10       Syracuse, NY        Crouse Hinds Theater @ The Oncenter

with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

May 12       Hershey, PA                Hershey Theatre

with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

May 13       Newark, NJ                  New Jersey Performing Arts Center

May 14       Atlantic City, NJ         Boardwalk Hall Arena

May 26-29      Cumberland, MD        DelFest

Tedeschi Trucks Band, 4/2/15

To say Derek Trucks has come a long way is an understatement. For every child prodigy that has continued success in their field, there are dozens, maybe hundreds, that disappear from the public eye.

Well, Trucks made it.

That’s not news to anyone.

But, years removed from the Derek Trucks Band and months removed from the Allman Brothers’ final shows, the guitarist’s current outfit, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is his best “solo” act yet. The fully-formed Tedeschi Trucks Band is a powerful beast on all fronts, and provides a depth that Trucks never had with his self-named group. With two drummers the band has the percussive heft that the Allman Brothers had, but the horn section provides a different facet – a funk and soul dimension that propels the group to heights that weren’t really possible inside the Allman Brothers’ setting.

Simply put, this is one heavy group, and they proved it at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

Willie Watson opened the show, and set the table with his brand of bluegrass/folk. Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, delivered songs tinged with a wry wit and sense of humor that retrospectively provided a foil to the main act. Watson is a great story-teller, but unfortunately there’s only so much one man can do on stage on his own, and after several songs they all seemed to blend together. He shook things up by switching between banjo and guitar (with some harmonica thrown in), but it’s became hard (for this ignorant writer) to differentiate one tune from the other.

When the Tedeschi Trucks Band finally hit the stage, the room was pretty full. While not a sell-out, the crowd was rowdy and ready for anything. The band started off with “Made Up Mind,” the title track from their latest album, and never looked back.

ST_JMintz_1Watching Derek Trucks is simply a treat. There’s no flash or frills – just mind-blowing slide guitar and finger picking. Over the course of two hours, it was an absolute clinic on how to play guitar with ego set completely aside.

Vocalist Mike Mattison, who was lead for the Derek Trucks Band, took stage front for lead vocals on “Don’t Miss Me” and “Get What You Deserve,” tunes from the Derek Trucks Band days, and Susan’s vocals on the Derek & the Dominoes track “Keep On Growing” would have made Eric Clapton proud.

The band showed their versatility, toning it down a bit for “Shelter,” and paid homage to Bobby Bland with a take on his “I Pity the Fool.” The set-closing “Bound For Glory” was tremendous, and frankly Derek’s solo on the “The Storm” would have been worth the price of admission alone.

Derek and Susan have clear chemistry on stage, a good thing considering their husband-and-wife relationship. But, the bond is more than just familial – it’s musical, which is in its own right a powerful thing. It’s going to be really interesting to watch the band continue to evolve, because there are so many directions that Derek and Susan are capable of steering the ship.

Set: Made Up Mind, Do I Look Worried, The Sky Is Crying, Don’t Miss Me, Comin’ Home, Shelter, Keep on Growing, Get What You Deserve, I’ve Got a Feeling, Idle Wind, I Pity the Fool, Bound for Glory
Encore: The Storm

Trampled Under Foot: Badlands

TUF_Badlands-CoverIf you know the names Susan Tedeschi or Brittany Howard, do yourselves a favor and make sure to know the name Danielle Schnebelen of the amazing Kansas City blues band, Trampled Under Foot. Danielle, along with Tedeschi and Howard, is one of the three High Priestesses of the Blues performing and recording today. In other words, Trampled Under Foot is a motherfrakker of a band and their new record, Badlands will show you why.

Danielle (bass/vocals) and her two brothers, Nick (guitars/vocals) and Kris (drums), make up this terrific trio. Not only has Nick won the Albert Lee Blues Guitar award but the whole band won the 2008 International Blues Challenge. So, it is no wonder that Badlands is one of the best blues albums of 2013. There isn’t a bad track on this record. From the first cut, “Bad, Bad Feeling” to the final cut, an incredible version of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s Man’s World”, TUF show that they are definitely an up and coming band on the scene who need and deserve to be seen and taken seriously.

Both siblings who sing have voices that pour through the songs like smokey honey. Nick’s guitar work is so stellar that it’s amazing that more people don’t know his name. If you can listen to songs like “Don’t Want No Woman” or “Down To The River” without tapping your foot along, you suck at music.

Tedeschi Trucks Band : Made Up Mind

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Following their 2011 Grammy-winning debut album, Revelator, and 2012’s rollicking live record, Everybody’s Talkin’, the Tedeschi Trucks Band have done it again with their newest endeavor. Made Up Mind is a highly-anticipated collection of songs that melds the considerable talents of this sprawling 11-piece outfit in a way that will satisfy fans and critics alike.

The instrumental, vocal and songwriting expertise of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks fuses with their bandmates in a way that shows creativity and confirms that they’ve hit their stride as a group. That musical understanding of one another results in a sound reminiscent of both Stax Records and Muscle Shoals Sound with elements of jam and funk thrown into their signature blues/soul mix.

Known for their extraordinary assemblage of musicians, the Tedeschi Trucks Band truly shows no signs of weakness on Made Up Mind. The album’s stellar lineup includes Kofi Burbridge (keyboards, flute), Tyler Greenwell (drums, percussion), J.J. Johnson (drums, percussion), Kebbi Williams (saxophone), Maurice Brown (trumpet), Saunders Sermons (trombone and vocals), Mike Mattison (harmony vocals) and Mark Rivers (harmony vocals). Along with the instrumentation, further collaboration adds to the album’s success with co-writers Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Krasno, Gary Louris, John Leventhal and co-producer Jim Scott.

The album showcases Trucks as the guitar virtuoso to which we’ve become accustom and adds in Tedeschi’s signature raspy vocals in a way that is both gritty and sensual.  In a mature leap forward, Made Up Mind shows a more polished and intentional instrumentation than the group has previously delivered. Each track beams with layers and textures of their southern soul groove, leaving the listener with great hooks, catchy tunes and exquisite guitar.

When speaking of the current state of the band, Trucks says, “It makes a statement that this band knows what it wants to do and is here to stay. Take it or leave it, this is what it is.”

We’ll take it.

Made Up Mind is out now on Sony Masterworks.

VIDEO: Tedeschi Trucks unveil new “Darling Be Home Soon” video

Today, Tedeschi Trucks Band unveiled their new video for “Darling Be Home Soon” (Below).   The tune is on the band’s  recently released live album, Everybody’s Talkin’.

Written by John Sebastian of the Lovin Spoonful (one of Derek’s dad’s favorite bands), the track was famously covered by Joe Cocker’s group Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a group that remains a major inspiration for the 11-piece traveling musical circus that is TTB.

Tedeschi Trucks Band’s version of “Darling Be Home Soon” is a wonderful showcase of Susan’s vocals soaring above the gentle swell of the band’s groove.

Featuring a trumpet solo by Maurice Brown and a slow-building extended solo by Derek as the band brings it down to a whisper behind him, “Darling Be Home Soon” is easily one of the highlights of an album with no shortage of beautiful vocals and show-stopping solos.


Tedeschi Trucks Band: “Darling Be Home Soon



Tedeschi Trucks win Grammy, to perform at White House; Derek wins Lifetime Achievement award


It is always nice when one of “our own” experiences the kind of success and critical acclaim that we all know that they deserve. Today, Sony Masterworks put out a release regarding Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Grammy award for Revelator, an album that was given much acclaim in Honest Tune‘s Top 11 of 2011 and much praise through substantial concert coverage (here, here, here, here), a contest and interview (see below) in 2011.



Sony Masterworks proudly announces that the Tedeschi Trucks Band has won a Grammy Award for their album, Revelator, in the Best Blues Album category. Led by the husband-wife team of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks, Revelator is the debut album from the couple’s new 11-piece ensemble, Tedeschi Trucks Band. This year, Derek Trucks also had the honor of receiving the Lifetime Achievement award as a member of the Allman Brothers Band. At 32 years old, Trucks is one of the youngest recipients of this acclaimed award. Susan Tedeschi has been nominated five times previously and won her first Grammy last night with Revelator.


This month, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks will celebrate Blues music at the White House. Tedeschi and Trucks will perform in the East Room as part of the taped PBS special, “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.” President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert event on Tuesday, February 21 in recognition of Black History Month. The all-star concert also features Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy among others, and celebrates the great figures of the Blues genre and the songs they made famous. “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” premieres on Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). The event will also be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live , www.pbs.org/whitehouse and www.blackpublicmedia.org.


Tedeschi Trucks Band continues to tour the U.S. performing music from Revelator as well as fan favorites. Everybody’s Talkin, a live album, is in the works for later this year. For more information and tour dates visit TedeschiTrucksBand.com.


March 28 – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN
March 29 – The Palace – Columbus, OH
March 30 – Clay Center: Maier Foundation Performance Hall – Charleston, WV
April 20 – Wanee Music Festival: Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – Live Oak, FL
April 25 – nTelos Pavilion – Charlottesville, VA
April 26 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
April 28 – Merlefest: Doc & Merle Watson Main Stage, Wilkes Comm College – Wilkesboro, NC
April 29 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
May 27 – Summer Camp: Sunshine Main Stage, Three Sisters Park – Chillicothe, IL
June 29 – TD Toronto Jazz Festival: Main Stage Marquee, Nathan Philips Square – Toronto, OH
July 7 – Thunder Bay Blues Festival – Thunder Bay, ON
July 18 – Ravinia Festival – Highland Park, IL
August 5 – Newport Jazz Festival: Main Stage, Fort Adams State Park – Newport, RI
September 5 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
October 27 – Legendary Rhythms & Blues Cruise – San Juan, PR


 Reveling with Derek Trucks : an Honest Tune Interview

Tedeschi Trucks seal the deal on 2011 at The Warfield

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks in San Francisco at The Warfield on New Year's Eve, 12/31/11 (Photo: Susan Weiand)Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Warfield Theater
San Francisco, CA
December 31, 2011


The Tedeschi Trucks Band performed New Years Eve 2011 in San Francisco at the historic Warfield Theater to an enthusiastic crowd of over 2000 revelers. This was the second time TTB headlined the Warfield in 2011 so many in the New Year’s Eve crowd knew what they were in for: arrangements that span the gamut from blues, R&B and bit of jazz combined with mind-bending doses of southern rock licks. This said, from the ticket sales (the occasion was sold-out well in advance), people enjoyed the first trip enough for a second dose to close out 2011.


Warming up for TBB was the British funk invasion kings, the New Mastersounds. The NMS consists of, Eddie Roberts (guitar), Simon Allen (drums), Pete Shand (bass) and Joe Tatton (keys). They began touring internationally in 2006 and have been spreading their brand of high-energy funkiness ever since.


San Francisco is no stranger to NMS. The band is currently in the recording process at Frisco’s Faultline Studios, and shortly after nine, the Mastersounds kicked off a 75 minute set with “Run the Gauntlet,” a great cut from 2011’s Breaks from the Border. The tune found Simon and Pete playing in the pocket while Eddie and Joe kept the melodies intense yet playful through riff-interplay. Building anticipation, the bloke funksters played an unnamed tune from the aforementioned forthcoming album and the energetic set was well received by the audience and was most likely a source of attraction for a lot of new followers.


During the short intermission, DJ Harry Duncan kept the theater filled with music while the crew prepared for the headliners.


Tedeschi Trucks Band took the stage shortly before ten o’clock and opened with Marvin Gaye’s “Don’t Do It” and rolled straight into “Don’t Let Me Slide,” a track from TTB’s highly acclaimed 2011 release, Revelator. This began a trio of songs from the album that is now nominated for a Grammy — turning to the soulful “Midnight in Harlem” and following up with “Learn How to Love,” a tune that was collaboratively written by Derek and Susan along with Lettuce’s Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch and Adam Smirnoff. Throughout the number, Susan’s emotional vocals and guitar leads took center stage and were further heightened with Derek’s biting hooks that he played on his signature red Gibson SG. The raw guitar tones were reminiscent of Anders Osborne at times, and in combination with the tasteful fills provided by Kebbi Williams on tenor sax, Maurice Brown on trumpet and Saunders Sermons on trombone along with the harmony backing vocals of Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers, this  number was a highlight of the night.


After covering The Beatles’ “I’ve got a Feelin’” a return to Revelator was made in the form of album opener, a “Bound for Glory” that gave a moment to showcase Kofi Burbridge’s considerable skills on the ivories.


After introducing the band members, Susan dedicated the next song to the recently departed blues legend, Hubert Sumlin before leaping into Howlin’ Wolf’s “Three Hundred Pounds of Joy,” a song on which Sumlin’s playing had set the standard for modern blues guitar. Continuing with even more blues, Susan belted out Bobby Blue Bland’s “That Did It” that included a lyric change to mention San Francisco’s well known late night bar, The Boom Boom Room, originally owned by John Lee Hooker. Susan’s raw playing and gritty vocals brought everyone in the house to their feet. At the end of their next tune “Darlin’ Be Home Soon” by Lovin’ Spoonful, the countdown to 2012 began: 15, 14, 13, 12…


As the balloons dropped and Susan and Derek exchanged a kiss, the rest of the band played an interesting avant-garde arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne.” They then launched into a rocking rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)” which put the spotlight on Susan again with her smoothly refined vocals that gave more than a nod to Janis.


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, Susan recalled that the last time they played NYE in SF was with John Lee Hooker in 1999.


Next up was Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Going to Be Alright),” a tune that gave the band multiple opportunities to each showcase their talents and included some stellar trumpet work from Maurice and an extended drum solo that showcased the tight interplay between drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson.


Oteil Burbridge, who had been sitting much of the night, began his solo and then stepped up to the mic and played melodic bass lines while scatting the notes to accent his playing. Susan even threw in a few lines from “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” before the song ended.


For the encore, the band launched into “Nobody’s Free” which included extended improvisation from Trucks and the band, echoing shades of jazz greats like Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Sly Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song” followed and transitioned into “Take Me Higher” for a funk filled finale before Susan thanked the sound engineer, Marty Wall, (who has been with husband, Derek for over 16 years and was engineering his last Trucks gig on this night) and wished everyone a blessed 2012.


All night long, Derek Trucks dropped jaws with his slide playing while Susan’s emotional vocals and lead contributions pleased everyone. What really sets this band apart is how Susan and Derek have integrated their musical styles while letting the other band members shine. This cooperation and respect for each other’s talents are really what make the band much more than just the sum of its parts. It’s obvious that they really do enjoy playing together as judged by the energetic interaction, heartfelt emotion, and playful attitude on stage. Given the challenges of touring with eleven band member plus crew, much gratitude can be found in the fact that Tedeschi and Trucks are continuing to bring their brand of music to an ever-enthusiastic and always growing legion of fans.


Tedeschi Trucks Band Setlist

Don’t Do It, Don’t Let Me Slide, Midnight in Harlem, Learn How to Love, I’ve Got a Feelin’, Bound for Glory, 300 Pounds of Joy, That Did It, Darlin’ be Home Soon, Countdown Groove, Try (Just a Little Bit Harder), Uptight, Love Has Something Else to Say
Encore: Everybody’s Talkin’, Nobody’s Free, Sing a Simple Song > Take You Higher



Click the thumbnail to view more of Susan Weiand‘s photos from the show…




Southern Revival in the Rockies

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival
Aspen, Colorado
August 31 – September 3, 2007

Words and photos by Fred Adams

Labor Day in the Aspen mountains, with some of world’s best bands performing over the course of the four days.  The concept seemed enjoyable enough, yet, until one has personally experienced the beauty of the region surrounding the festival grounds, even the most wondrous of imaginations would still not conceive just how majestic the weekend would become.


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