An except from “the Inspiring Poetics of Tedeschi Trucks Band” article from Salon.com
Tedeschi Trucks Band
“a deeply skilled groove machine” – Los Angeles Times
Tedeschi Trucks Band is, and always has been, a group intent on moving forward. Their new album, Signs, offers an outstanding example of their ability to expand musical boundaries in ways that only a rare caliber of musician can achieve, while delivering heartfelt songwriting with credence and conviction. Slated for release in February 2019 on Fantasy Records, Signs showcases the band at their best – combining inventive musicality and provocative lyrics across eleven original tracks, running the gamut from uplifting soulful anthems, to bittersweet ballads and driving rock and roll. These are songs for these times, with a sound and message that taps tradition while also extending the edges of American music with a genre defying collection that is all their own.
Their fourth studio record since forming in 2010, Signs is a true band effort, with each of the supremely talented twelve members playing a major role. The bulk of the songwriting is shared among the band, with additional contributions from close friends and frequent collaborators Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood and Doyle Bramhall II. In an era of commercial-focused collaborations TTB’s steadfast family approach rings clear. While Derek’s stinging fretwork and Susan’s emotive, expressive vocals are naturally front and center, the tracks are propelled by superior keyboard work, ingenious brass parts, powerful harmony vocals, and a dynamite rhythm section underscoring it all.
As with prior albums, Signs was recorded in Derek and Susan’s home studio Swamp Raga, with Derek, Jim Scott and Bobby Tis taking charge of the production. All three sharing recording, mixing, and producer duties. To ensure that the album’s sound matched their uncompromising attention to audio quality, they departed from prior studio efforts and recorded Signs on two-inch analogue tape, using their original Neve console combined with a 70s’ Studer tape machine, giving it a warmth and richness that recalls the ambience of the best vintage recordings.
Signs also finds the band pushing their artistry lyrically and delivers a powerful message in the midst of some troubled and tempestuous times. Political polarization, intolerance and divisiveness, and threats to an environment increasingly under siege are dealt with openly and honestly. Derek and Susan, ardent environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts are closely connected and concerned regarding the latter. In “Shame,” the band doesn’t shy away from expressing emotional frustration about the current atmosphere and division in America:
“Shame, there’s poison in the well
Shame, you know we can’t unring the bell Though I tried
Oh to let it all fall away,
Oh but sometimes I, I hear exactly what you say”
“It gets really tricky,” Susan says. We have to get rid of this wrecking ball mentality and remember that we’re all in this together,” she adds. “We all come from different places, but our dreams and aspirations are mostly the same.”
As numerous tragedies hit home during the recording of Signs, a sense of loss unsurprisingly seeped into their work. The passing of friends and family members like Derek’s uncle and Allman Brothers alumnus Butch Trucks, the Allmans’ heroic helmsman Gregg Allman, and iconic collaborators and friends like Leon Russell, B.B. King, and Colonel Bruce Hampton had a profound impact on the group. That grief reveals itself repeatedly throughout the album, but never more than on its concluding song, “The Ending.”
It’s a tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton, who was as a mentor, bandleader and spiritual guide for many TTB members, that serves as Signs’ grand crescendo. Through a sparse arrangement and poignant vocals from Susan, the song details Hampton’s final moments spent onstage and in this world. While performing with Derek and Susan and a wealth of other musicians that loved him, he collapsed during the encore of his 70th birthday event, ending a storied life and oft unsung legacy. “The Ending” is TTB’s attempt to make sense of this painful event and to pay tribute to the enduring memories and gifts he left in his wake.
“Without Susan’s voice, it would be so hard to pull these songs together,” Derek reflects when discussing “The Ending” and album on the whole. “The emotion she conveys through these songs is so real. That’s something you just can’t fake.”
Still, Signs doesn’t dwell on darkness and despair, it beckons with the optimism and hope that has become a signature part of TTB’s message in the studio and on stage. In “I’m Gonna Be There,” a message of reassurance shines “through the thunder and the rain,” while “Strengthen What Remains” is a plea to remember all the beauty that life has to offer:
“Oh, what a beautiful season Oh, take a look in the sky Oh, I can give you a reason Oh, it’s a beautiful life”
“We are very lucky to do what we do, and we take responsibility for creating something positive to counter all the negativity,” asserts Susan. “We have to deal with tragic circumstances at times. As a musician, I feel it’s my job to go out and kick ass the best I can and offer inspiration with passion in my voice and a smile on my face. That’s the only way you can give people hope, through motivation and positivity.”
With commanding performances and emotional honesty throughout, Signs makes a definitive statement from one of the industry’s most respected bands.
“This is the first record I’ve made where, when I listen to it, it puts me in a specific place,” Derek reflects. “It puts me in a zone and hits some raw nerves. People may not necessarily know about chord changes and how to articulate an arrangement, but they do know what matters and when you mean it.”
Tedeschi Trucks Band commitment to their craft is exemplified by the group’s relentless road schedule. 2018 opened with a series of growing multi-night residencies that brought them to prestigious settings such as The Chicago Theater, the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as well as two-night stands in L.A., San Francisco and Seattle.
Even with the time it’s taken to prepare their upcoming album, on top of their packed tour schedule, Derek and Susan have become in-demand studio players, lending their talents to others via appearances on any number of highly anticipated albums.
Derek plied his guitar skills on recent efforts by Eric Clapton and Wynona Judd while Susan lent her vocal abilities to John Prine’s highly regarded album For Better, Or Worse as well as a duet for Eric Church’s acclaimed Mr. Misunderstand.
During the summer TTB launched their fourth installment of their annual Wheels of Soultour, a traveling festival curated and headlined by TTB with a different lineup each year, featuring in 2018 the Drive by Truckers and rising soulful rockers, the Marcus King Band. TTB’s Wheels of Soul has established a yearly must-see tour based on the unique selection of likeminded artists who play individual sets while collaborating nightly in each other’s performances to create performances that provide spontaneous moments and song selections providing a feeling of one big musical family sharing the fun they’re having onstage each night with the fans.
TTB finished 2018 strong playing multiple dates with Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival, six sold out shows at New York’s Beacon Theater, and three shows in Susan’s hometown of Boston at the Orpheum to end the year.
“This band is really good at reinvented themselves every night,” Derek insists. “That’s how you keep things fresh. You don’t want to abandon the sentiment of a song, but you do want to be able to expand on it in new and exciting ways.”
“Derek is such a great leader,” Susan says of her husband. “He’s an old soul who is very passionate and gifted, one of the best guitarists in the world. He’s a big reason why this thing works. He gives people the confidence that they can succeed.”
Like each of their highly acclaimed earlier albums – GRAMMY-winning Revelator (2010), the live Everybody’s Talkin’ (2012), Made Up My Mind (2013), Let Me Get By (2016), and their combination concert film and CD Live From The Fox Oakland (2017) – TTB has always been adept at translating their remarkable skills and exceptional musical chemistry from stage to the studio, no easy task for any band that travels such wide and varied musical terrain.
“This is a special group of musicians,” Susan says in summary. “All of these people we play with are extremely talented, and each of them could easily be fronting their own outfit. Everybody is so gifted, and we all realize how special this band is. We’re not going to mess it up. We’re going to keep working hard at it and move it forward.”
About Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
From their steady rise as solo artists to now being hailed as “two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation,” (NPR), Trucks and Tedeschi both began their careers in music at a young age. Born in Jacksonville, Florida and named after a much-loved Derek and the Dominoes album, Derek Trucks picked up his first guitar at age 8 when his dad bought it for him at a garage sale. His hands were too small to play it the way he wanted, so he took up playing with a slide and his prodigious skill was quickly evident. He was touring as a headliner with his own band by age 11, and opening for The Allman Brothers Band (Butch Trucks was his uncle) at 13.
By his late teens, Trucks was touring relentlessly, sometimes playing over 200 shows a year and completing school work on the road. It wasn’t long before his services were called on to tour with Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and at age 19 by The Allman Brothers, for whom he would fill the late Duane Allman’s shoes until their last shows in 2014. Trucks toured throughout with his own Grammy Award-winning Derek Trucks Band, sometimes splitting time between three bands in a single year.
Still in his 30s, Trucks has already earned two Grammy awards in addition to a lifetime achievement Grammy and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction for his tenure with the Allmans. He is the youngest person on Rolling Stone’s top 100 Rock Guitarists of all-time list – voted #16 by his peers and industry leaders. He’s had the fortunate opportunity of sharing the stage at one point with just about all of his musical influences and has amassed a who’s who of album credits on records by titans such as JJ Cale/Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Dr. John, McCoy Tyner and Roseanne Cash. With the torch of blues and rock legends now being passed to a new generation, Trucks has also been asked to pay tribute on stage to likes of Freddie King and Hubert Sumlin and, most personally, for Gregg Allman when he passed away in 2017.
Trucks’ tone on his guitar is instantly recognizable, and his mastery of the instrument is a product of years of musical curiosity and avid listening to a wide range of music – from early blues, to classic rock, jazz and Indian classical music. He approaches the guitar with a melodic perspective, drawing influence from singers as much as from guitarists. Less is more with Trucks, who uses no picks or sound-warping pedals, and often eschews showy playing when a single, well-played note will do. His is a pure form of musicianship not found frequently today.
No stranger herself to the spotlight or life on the road, Susan Tedeschi was born in Boston into a musical family. Her talents were evident as a young child; at age 6 she was already on stage in musicals. With help from her great Aunt, an opera singer who showed her proper breathing techniques, Tedeschi developed her vocal power. She would be auditioning for Broadway before her teens. But it was her love of American roots music – especially blues, soul and gospel – that would call her to a life as a musician.
Tedeschi first began singing with local bands at 13, developing her dynamic stage presence. After high school, she studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Drawn to the upbeat rhythms of local gospel churches, she joined a gospel choir while at Berklee, which had a profound influence on her singing and musical direction. Tedeschi’s focus on her guitar playing also increased, inspired by electric blues legends like Otis Rush and Magic Sam. With a determination to match her vocal prowess, Tedeschi continued to take local gigs and immerse herself in Boston’s fertile blues scene until starting her own band in 1992.
Success didn’t take long. Within a year, Tedeschi’s band was playing at major festivals across the country. Her professional debut album Just Won’t Burn (1999) achieved gold status, thrusting her into the national spotlight and earning her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2000. Throughout the 2000s she toured with a string of musical icons including members of the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, and personal heroes like B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal. In the studio, Tedeschi continued to demonstrate her ability to handle an expanded canvas of rich R&B flavors and soul material, with all of her follow up albums earning Grammy nominations for Best Blues Album, plus a fifth nod for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Few singers today can match Tedeschi’s power. Whether singing with fierceness and a spirit of defiance, or wrapping her voice around a gentle ballad, her vocal command can be awe-inspiring. And, like her husband, Tedeschi relies only on her natural talent; there are no computers in the wings correcting her pitch. Her six-string talents, steeped in the blues, can be equally incendiary at times, often rousing the audience into the loudest applause of the evening.
Also like Trucks, Tedeschi’s talents are in demand with an impressive list of guest album appearances to her credit, including Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and duets on the latest releases from John Prine and Eric Church. As a duo, the couple have been invited to play at The White House, United Nations, and requested personally for tributes to B.B. King and Bob Dylan, among others – reflecting the respect they have earned from their heroes and peers in the industry.
The Inspiring Poetics of Tedeschi Trucks Band – Salon Media Group, Inc.
From the Tedeschi Trucks Band camp, a LiveStream of the Red Rocks shows this weekend will be available!! “Wheels Of Soul Tour’s annual stop at Red Rocks is a highlight every year and we’re excited to welcome fans around the world into the magic with a webcast of both shows […]
Th Tedeschi Trucks Band wrapped up their European tour at the Palladium in London, England on Saturday night. It was a wonderful and exciting trip through Europe. If you didn’t get a chance to see them this time around, they kick off their Wheels of Soul, US tour in May […]
TTB is excited to announce their debut performance at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London in 2020 for one night only.
On Friday, February 15th, we received the sad news that long time ETA friend and brother, Kofi Burbridge had passed away after almost two years with heart related issues. It has been our privilege to work with Kofi over the last 20 years as the flutist, pianist, keyboardist, and composer for the Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band. He will be truly missed by so many.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band had multiple reasons to celebrate this year’s Beacon run. TTB played six shows, 10 sets, 84 individual songs, 115 total songs, 16,000+ fans! They had a plethora of friends sit-in, played their 30th show, and announced an annual residency in NYC and Chicago through 2022!! Clear […]
The Tedeschi Trucks Band joined Willie Nelson for a sweet stop on his Outlaw Music Festival this past weekend in Hershey Park, PA, along with Lukas Nelson + Promise of The Real, Sturgill Simpson, Van Morrison. They played some old, some new and even a tribute to BB King with […]
We may be a little biased, but LOCKN’ Festival definitely rocked this year. The line up included a long list of talented bands (Umphrey’s McGee, Matisyahu, Blue Traveler, Widespread Panic, Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Dead & Company to name a few), as well as all the special guests […]
The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul 2018 Tour with Drive-By Truckers and the Marcus King Band has officially kicked off! So far we are 4 shows in and both the fans and the bands are loving it. The tour started in Derek and Susan’s hometown of Jacksonville, FL, then […]
A huge Congratulations to Derek Trucks on another nomination! This time the nod comes for his live tv performance of “Midnight Rider” alongside Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and Jason Aldean. The category is CMT Performance Of The Year! Help Derek get his first-ever CMT Music Award by voting here: http://www.cmt.com/cmt-music-awards/vote#2018-cmt-performance-of-the-year
After taking the summer off due to heart surgery, Kofi Burbridge made his return to the Tedeschi Trucks Band during their 6 night stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Not only did the run mark Kofi’s return, but also TTB’s 25th show at the Beacon. Fittingly the […]
The multi talented Kofi Burbridge will be re-joining the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon Theatre run of dates starting Thursday October 6th. After suffering a surprising heart attack and subsequent heart surgery earlier this year, the band and fans alike, can not wait for Kofi’s return to keyboards, organ, […]
Here a few of the ETA crew are flying the TTB victory flag after 2 sellout nights at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre…. and getting some cycling in on that beautiful terrain of course.
TTB’s “Wheels of Soul” Summer 2017 tour is on a roll – 3 amazing single show sell outs in a row so far! First with the band’s largest non-festival (non Red Rocks) crowd at the Simsbury Meadows PAC in CT, then a sell-out at Red Hat Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC […]
Early Wednesday morning on June 21st, the Tedeschi Trucks Band released the following statement: “After undergoing emergency heart surgery yesterday in Atlanta, our brother Kofi Burbridge is now resting in the hospital and beginning the earliest stages of his recovery while surrounded by family, bandmates, and friends. Our thoughts are with Kofi and we […]
Tonight’s CMT Music Awards opened with a tribute to the late great Gregg Allman, who passed away in May at age 69. Derek Trucks joined Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, and Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum) to perform the 1971 hit “Midnight Rider” … because if you need a slide guitarist […]
Last night at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TTB walked away with the awards for Best Band and Best Rock Blues Album. Susan Tedeschi was also named Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist! What a fulfilling night! Today the TTB family used their FaceBook page to “offer massive thanks to The Blues […]
For the two weeks the Tedeschi Trucks Band has been performing their way across Europe. So far they have hit Zurich, Milan, Berlin, and Brussels. Next up are a few more stops in Germany and a smatter across Denmark, before heading back to the States to rest up before festival […]
Beginning at 4 PM ET today (Friday, March 10th), Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will be taking over SiriusXM’s Jam_ON (ch.29) for a special “Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s Live Album Jam Weekend”. Listeners will get an exclusive preview of the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s upcoming live album, Live From the […]
The new Chickenfoot album BEST+LIVE goes on sale this FRIDAY for a killer deal of $9.99! You can pick yours up at your local Best Buy, or pre-order online!
Rita Coolidge joined the Tedeschi Trucks Band on-stage for their 1st of 3 sold out nights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Here Rita, Susan Tedeschi and Alecia Chakour are all smiles backstage before the show!
It is with heavy hearts that the ETA received news of the passing of Allman Brothers Band drummer, and Derek Truck’s uncle Butch Trucks on January 24th. In the years ETA has worked with Derek and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, we have come to see everyone as family of our […]
“Another ‘good one’ is gone this year. Sharon was a vibrant and talented ball of energy. On our Tedeschi Trucks Band inaugural ‘Wheels of Soul Tour’ in 2015, during her remission, she told the audience each night that the big ‘C’ would not keep her down, then went into an […]
Today we are honoring all the fond memories of one of the GREATS. Leon Russell, passed away last night at age 74. Last year’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tribute at Lockn’ Festival was an epic tribute to Joe Cocker that Derek and Susan helped develop and execute. We will always […]
Wishing the Happiest of Birthdays to one of the loveliest ladies we know, Susan Tedeschi! We don’t know where we would be without the beautiful and talented matriarch of the Tedeschi Trucks family!
Nights 1 and 2 of the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 6 night run at the Beacon Theatre are done and we have 4 more to go. Things can only get better from here!
Check out this sweet EXL-1 model guitar from D’Angelico Guitars signed by Phil Lesh, Phish, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, My Morning Jacket, Ween, and more! It’s being auctioned to support all the #ParticipationRow charities hosted at LOCKN’ this year. For your chance to bid and win this baby click here!
Derek was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter with host Neil Everett on Thursday night. The two talked on the new TTB album Let Me Get By, the ‘Noles, the Jaguars and Derek’s uncle and legendary MLB pitcher Virgil Trucks. It was a very cool and crossover experience!
The Tedeschi Trucks Band brought the farm down Saturday night at Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia! First Derek and Susan sat in with Phil Lesh & Friends, then TTB’s 2 hour set left the fans wanting even more! The 4 day festival takes place on beautiful Oak Ridge Farm at the […]
Derek Trucks will be featured on Eric Clapton’s forthcoming Live in San Diego double album. The rendition of “Anyway the Wind Blows” features Clapton playing with Trucks, JJ Cale and Doyle Bramhall II. If you want to watch the video, check it out here.
Aren’t you jealous that the Tedeschi Trucks Band and their Wheels of Soul 2016 tour spent so much needed time in the West? It doesn’t get more beautiful than the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado! Here’s the whole tour crew – TTB, Los Lobos and the North Mississippi Allstars; […]
Check out the newest jersey in the TTB athletic apparel line, featuring the Let Me Get By album artwork! OK, so maybe there isn’t an athletic line, but TTB artwork makes pretty rockin’ cycling jersey designs! Visit the TTB store to buy yours.
Last night was the kickoff of the Wheels of Soul Tour 2016 at the Highland Bowl in Rochester, NY with Los Lobos and the North Mississippi Allstars joining the Tedeschi Trucks Band. It’s going to be a hell of a summer; 3 bands, 4 buses, 2 trucks, 19 shows, and over […]
The beautiful and talent Bonnie Raitt and her band made a special appearance at the Tedeschi Trucks Band show in Grolloo, Holland, this past weekend. For all those not lucky enough to catch the show, check out the video here!
TTB will be headlining the main stage at New Orleans Jazzfest tonight and they are being some pretty big heavy hitters with them. The “Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends” show will include the usual 12 suspects with guitarists Jimmie Vaughan and Billy Gibbons.
The weather has finally broken and that means it’s cycling season! So why not take TTB on a ride with you? If you haven’t already, check-out the official Tedeschi Trucks Band jerseys, while they last. There should be a few still available at the TTB merchandise store and, if not, […]
For an unprecedented 2nd year in a row, the Tedeschi Trucks Band have been booked to perform on the Main stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, this time headlining and, they’re bringing friends along! TTB will add a little “Texas guitar slinging” to their musical stew when […]
If you think all the Tedeschi Trucks Band thinks about is music, then you are sorely mistakenly; they love sports too! Derek and Susan are die hard Jacksonville Jaguars fans, Tim Lefebvre is an avid cyclist, and they all follow the NCAA March Madness of course (especially ETA’s President Wayne)! […]
Missed the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s show in your area? Can’t get enough of their songs? Well we’ve got you covered. The TTB’s Austin City Limits performance will be streaming for a month! Check it out here. (The link expires on 3/12/16)
The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s newest studio album Let Me Get By has been released on all music platforms and the reviews are in! The Associated Press has said, “It’s barely 2016, but the Tedeschi Trucks Band has already released one of the great records of the year.” Have you bought […]
Incredible week in the TTB world leading into new album release; two sold out shows in Chicago, a packed house for WXRT’s Studio X performance, a sold out, star-studded, special Apollo Theatre album release show that raised $15,000 for the Mr. Holland Opus Foundation. PLUS the album is ‘most added’ and going […]
The Tedeschi Trucks Band is on fire in frigid Chicago! 2 sold-out to the rafters nights at the Chicago Theatre, even on these cold and icy January nights!
TTB will make their debut at the world famous Apollo Theater on January 26, to celebrate the release of “Let Me Get By.” Tickets are available starting today (Tuesday, December 15) at 12 Noon ET. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, and frequent collaborator Doyle […]
It’s been a busy week! ETA has three acts touring Europe simultaneously; Joe Satriani, Matt Schofield and the Tedeschi Trucks Band! But no rest for the weary, because the touring never ends… Check out the band pages for the details of their schedules!
Wishing a wonderful day to the beautiful and talented Susan Tedeschi! Mother, wife, daughter, singer, friend… How does she do it all?! Here’s a pic, complimentary of the Tedeschi Trucks Band official Facebook page, of everyone celebrating Susan in Copenhagen.
Calling all cycling enthusiasts and TTB fans! The Tedeschi Trucks Band cycling jerseys are on sale NOW at the TTB website! These custom made jerseys, were previously only available to the band members and management, but now you can own one yourself! But you better hurry, only 50 available!
Did you miss the Tedeschi Trucks Band and friends tribute to Joe Cocker “Mad dogs and Englishmen”, at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia this past weekend? Well, first off, we are sorry. That aside, good news! You can watch the entire thing here! You’re welcome! In attendance were original “Mad […]
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi joined Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Brittany Howard, Buddy Guy, Aloe Blacc Ben Folds, Kyle Resnick, and Mavis Staples and a number of other musical greats to kick off Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show. It was a thumping, jamming, partying good time that ran 6 minutes over! […]
The Tedeschi Trucks Band has something REALLY special in store for the 2015 Lockn’ Festival! Here’s a taste: “The Letter” performed live at Gathering of the Vibes. So run out and get your Lockn’ weekend tickets and make sure to join us September 11th for an amazing night! For more […]
Looking for your new favorite festival?! Look no further than the American Roots Music & Arts Festival in Raleigh on October 17 and 18! You can catch TTB at the inaugural event, along with Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Warren Haynes and many more!
In 2011, The Tedeschi Trucks Band began coordinating with Joe Cocker for a collaboration with themselves and some of the original Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Sadly, Joe Cocker passed away before that concept could come to form… At Lockn’ Festival 2015, a once in a lifetime celebration of Joe Cocker […]
Famed Division III Coach Nichter had a blast at the Bike Virginia series, while sporting his TTB jersey!
For the Tedeschi Truck Band, family and community is important, in case you hadn’t noticed. Nothing shows that like the Dallas press release yesterday which announced that TTB is teaming up with The American Red Cross to provide aid and relief for Texas flood victims. How? Well a portion of […]
Check out the recap of TTB’s free concert in Central Park to kick off the SummerStage season!
Derek Trucks served as a surprise guest in Eric Clapton’s 70th Birthday bash at Madison Square Garden in New York City this weekend. The lineup up of guest players was out of this world, ranging from John Mayer to Doyle Bramhall III.
Introducing the first ever TTB cycling jersey, unveiled at the New Orleans Jazzfest this past Friday! Designed by Alex Campbell-Forte, this jersey has tons of unique TTB logo features. The band, ETA cycling team and friends can’t wait to get out on the road in them!
Just announced today! The Tedeschi Trucks Band will lead a group tribute performance to the legendary Joe Cocker, re-creating the “Mad Dogs & Englishmen”, at this year’s LOCKN’ Festival! The all-star line up will include Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Chris Robinson, Doyle Bramhall II and more!
Check it out – 3 songs from TTB’s Madison, Wisconsin performance last weekend are streaming live on Yahoo Live! Follow this link to listen and watch https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/tedeschi-trucks-band
Check out what people are saying about the Tedeschi Trucks Band ft. Sharon Jones & The DapKings 2015 summer “Wheels of Soul” Tour! USA Today is calling it the “Rock n’Soul Tour for the Summer”! and Pollstar.com says “it should be fun and could be epic“!
TTB played two rockin’ sold out shows at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. this past weekend. The weather outside was frightful on Saturday night (with anywhere from 6-11 inches in the metro DC area), but TTB fans would not be held down. There was music busting out the doors […]
Derek and Susan had the honor of performing at the MusiCares tribute to Bob Dylan last night. And what a beautiful couple they made on and off the stage, of course! (Click on the picture to see a better angle.)
On their second night of their 2015 tour TTB is tearin’ it up for over 8000 people at the Sunshine Blues Fest in St. Petersburg, Florida. Not a bad way to start off the year!
Tonight, October 28th, The Allman Brothers Band will play their final show. After 45 years of rocking sold out shows across the country, the southern rocker are playing their final farewell at the Beacon Theatre; where annual sell out runs have become customary. Don’t forget to tune into SiriusXM radio […]
“Trucks played the lightning to Tedeschi’s thunder, accenting her soulful voice and bluesy guitar with his furious six-string. It’s a partnership unparalleled in rock ‘n roll, and one that makes the Tedeschi Trucks Band a group that will go down in history as one of the great rock groups of this […]
TTB played two of their four (almost entirely sold out) shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City this past Friday and Saturday. So far the shows have done nothing less than impressed with lobby acts entertaining fans before the show, rockin’ open acts (Valerie June and The Hardworking […]
New Day Director John Nichols created a funky little commemorative charm for the TTB crew, office staff, etc. after yet another amazing performance for his foundation in Albuquerque a few weeks ago. We love it! Complete with the Made Up Mind buffalo and all!
TTB played at the New Day (a shelter and program for “at risk” children) annual benefit concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday evening. Everyone had a great time at the show and raising money for such a wonderful organization! Pictured are Derek Trucks, New Day Director John Nichols, program […]
Ian Noble, director of SummerStage and Arts and Cultural Programs for the NYC City Parks Foundations, named Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon Theatre as one of the top 10 NYC events of the summer. Check out the full article of summer events.
Just announced, Derek & Susan will perform a special set as an acoustic duo at LOCKN’ Festival on Friday, 9/5. In addition to TTB , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, Steve Winwood and many more will all be gracing the stage this year!
In Grand Rapids, Michigan the concert promoter simply said, “it was SMOKIN’!” Check out the full review here.
Great review out from the Sterling Heights show. It was “nothing less than a superior night from passionate engaged musicians.”.. Check out the full article here.
Friday night kicked off with Derek leading one of the legendary SuperJams from midnight ’til 2am. The Tenessean reported “the highlight was Trucks’ revered guitar work and his wife Susan Tedeschi’s equally revered blues-drenched vocals.” For the full article check out the Tenessean. Today they are jammin’ on the main stage!
the Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off the annual Starlight Summer Concert Series Tuesday night at the Sun Center in Chester Township, Delaware. The sold out audience members included TTB ‘newbies’, ‘repeat customers’, ‘ultra fans’ traveling from across state borders, and even the Township Council President. It was a great show […]
Wishing Derek Trucks a ‘Happy Birthday’ from the entire Entourage!
The Ben & Jerry’s hypothetical TTB ice cream flavor contest received over 500 delicious entries and they couldn’t just pick one to receive signed TTB tour posters! Congrats to Marley, Jeff and Burlington VT’s own Mike for their winnings submissions: Sweet Mintspiration, Midnight In Heath Bar-lemand Churn How To Love! Now when do we get […]
Three new TTB shows went on sale yesterday morning. 7/18 Britt Festival in Oregon, 7/23 in Flagstaff, AZ, and 8/9 in Vina Robles, CA. – Have you got your tickets yet? Check out Music Today for ticket info.
They guys of TTB took a much needed break yesterday to wonder the sights of Paris and (of course) fit some shopping in. They are all looking quite Parisian and tres chic if I do say so myself. Wish Susan had been in the shot, but someone needs to capture the good […]
Okay, so maybe TTB isn’t actually taking a vacation but the beautiful sites and adoring fans don’t make their European trip feel like work either! Today they toured the amazing city of Cologne. Check out their twitter or facebook feeds to keep up with their worldwind lives, (if you can).
TTB’s own talented saxophone player and all around amazing guy, Kebbi Williams, along with many other musicians of all ages presented Music In The Park ATL this past Sunday in Atlanta. In it’s 4th consecutive year,Music In The Park ATL works to bring beautiful orchestrated musical performances to the Historic West End, where […]
Are these not the most amazing signs, fat heads, what-have-you?! From the Wanee Festival in Florida this past weekend.
Tickets for the Chastain Park show on September 12th in Atlanta are hot hot hot! Good new though, additional presale tickets have been added. Check out the TTB ticket page (no codes/passwords needed).
As posted by the Beacon Theatre and released directly from the band: On Monday (March 24th) afternoon, The Allman Brothers Band announced the postponement of their four remaining Beacon Theatre performances originally scheduled for tonight, tomorrow the 26th, March 28th and March 29th as Gregg Allman recovers from bronchitis. As […]
While Derek has been rocking the Beacon Theatre stage for the Allman Brothers Band run, Susan hasn’t just been sitting still. Last night she was invited as a special guest of Soulive at the Brooklyn Bowl. Here’s a great pic of her leading the band through “Butterfly”, courtesy of the […]