Tedeschi Trucks Band
In the midst of a rare October snowstorm, the Tedeschi Trucks Band was on tap to headline a sold out show at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, Connecticut. On tour in support of their Grammy nominated debut album Revelator, this was not a show to be missed. After a set by Mike Mattison’s side project Scrapomatic (Mattison also sings backup in TTB and was the lead singer for the Derek Trucks Band), the evening’s headliner took the stage. Susan’s first comments to the crowd were of her gratitude to our dedication despite the elements. The loyalty shown by the fans this evening would be greatly rewarded.
Derek and his wife Susan are at the helm of this 11 piece outfit, which also includes a full horn section, two harmony singers, two drummers a keyboardist and bassist Oteil Burbridge, who also shares the stage with Trucks in the Allman Brothers Band. With such instrumental range, the band seizes the opportunities they have to take their music to all sorts of directions. Voted number 16 all time in Rolling Stone magazine’s “Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” the masterful slide guitar displayed by Derek exhibits a beautiful flow that defines the analogy, “making the guitar sing.” This however, does not take away from his wife’s sharp, bluesy licks in any way. They play together with excellent rhythm, and compliment each other with every note. Watching the two trade solos with one another throughout the show was a witness to their expression of love for one another through their music. This was especially evident during the segue from “Soul Serenade” (a longtime Derek Trucks Band staple and the title track of their fourth album) into my favorite track of the new album, the bluesy anthem “Bound for Glory.” Another notable delight of this band is the dominant vocals of Susan Tedeschi, who belts out the blues like Janis Joplin with the soul of Aretha Franklin.
There was not a dull moment in the band’s 16 song set, which was comprised of most of their new album and some classic soul, blues and jazz covers. The crowd was on their feet and in awe at the musical endowment that was treating their ears and their souls this stormy night. As the band took the stage for their three song encore, Susan again thanked us for our devotion and wished us all a safe journey home. The band then played the Afro-American traditional “Wade in the Water” as a prayer for our well being. The band then proceeded to blow the doors of the venue with a stretch from “Sing a Simple Song” into a rousing rendition of Sly & the Family Stone’s “I Wanna Take You Higher.” The latter of which exerted phenomenal energy from the band and utilized the horn section to its full potential on this funk-soul classic. The audience exited the venue, undoubtedly glad to have braved the storm.
1. Don’t Let Me Slide
2. Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me
3. Midnight In Harlem
4. Learn How to Love
5. Simple Things
6. Soul Serenade(Instrumental, King Curtis)
7. Bound For Glory
8. Stand Back(Allman Brothers Band)
9. Darling Be Home Soon (Lovin Spoonful)
10. That Did It (Bobby “Blue” Band)
11. Uptight (Stevie Wonder)
12. Love Has Something Else to Say
13. Shrimp & Grits
14. Wade in the Water(Traditional)
15. Sing A Simple Song>
16. I Wanna Take You Higher(Sly & the Family Stone)