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 […]
Tedeschi Trucks Band
“a deeply skilled groove machine” – Los Angeles Times
“Freedom is another word,” so the song went back in an easier and less costly time, “for nothing left to lose.” Freedom—the kind that Tedeschi Trucks Band has created for themselves since their inception in 2010—has come at a much higher price and required a deeper sense of dedication. It’s the kind of freedom that has allowed them to keep a band that has grown to more than a dozen musicians and crew on the road for five years, garnering an ever-increasing international audience, while developing a musical identity that has yielded original, award-winning recordings.
Let Me Get By is the third and latest studio album by the TTB, featuring ten new, original songs that together stand as a testament to the hard work, independent spirit, and now full-on commitment of the husband-and-wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, plus the musicians and music professionals who are part of the band’s ongoing journey. The album’s artwork—a Mongolian golden eagle caught moments after flying from its master’s glove—and even the album title, reflect the sense of total dedication that serves as the driving wheel of TTB.
“’Let Me Get By’ actually refers to a lot of things,” says Trucks, “like the band becoming more self-reliant than ever before—writing our own songs and producing our own music in our own studio. It’s about moving on to a new recording label with a deal that gives us more freedom, and personally, I found myself with more time to focus on TTB after the Allman Brothers played their final shows this past year.
“It definitely took time for us to get here. I think the connections we have in this band and among the crew and extended family is the real reason why. I look around the stage every night and am just in awe of the situation—the music’s amazing and road-tested and we all really like each other. That’s what I hear in the music on this new album—this feeling that we’re now putting 100% of what we have into this band, not going back to anything else, not having anywhere else to go.”
The TTB journey began on April 1, 2010 with their first gig at the Savannah Music Festival, and led to the recording and release of their Grammy-winning debut album Revelator in 2011, and Made Up Mind two years later. During their five-year rise, the group toured incessantly, raising their profile and being handpicked to play with the likes of Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Santana; to appear on television shows hosted by Jay Leno, Conan, and on the premiere of Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show; and hosting special all-star musical salutes themselves, including Bonnaroo’s Superjam in 2014 (with Chaka Khan, Anthony Hamilton, Taj Mahal, and others), and Lock’n Festival’s Tribute to Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen in 2015 (with Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and many other original members.)
What began as an eight-piece group has now expanded to an onstage lineup of twelve musicians—a lineup that has remained unusually consistent. In 2015, for the fifth straight year, they were on the road for more than 200 days, and sold more tickets than ever before. Swamp Raga, the recording studio that Trucks and Tedeschi built from scratch next to their house, has been expanded and updated to the point that no other facilities are required. Bobby Tis, the band’s longtime, on-the-road monitor engineer has become their full-time studio engineer; Trucks himself now serves as sole producer. All tracks on Let Me Get By, released on January 29, 2016, are credited to Trucks, with three songs co-produced by guitarist and longtime collaborator Doyle Bramhall II.
“Derek hears everything from a big picture stance,” says his wife and band co-leader, singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi. “Not just track by track but the album as a whole. What needs to be added, when a song is done, and he really knows how to get the best out of each player. On this album I feel like I was personally produced with more direction than I ever have. He instinctively knew when I could sing a better take, and would have a suggestion or two, and that really brought the best out of me.”
Let Me Get By is the culmination of an exceptionally busy year for TTB. The music on the album in fact, as guitarist and bandleader Trucks remembers, was born during tour rehearsals in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida in January with an impromptu idea played by the band’s keyboardist. “The song ‘Let Me Get By” started at sound check one day, Kofi [Burbridge] playing that riff and then we took it into the studio and [singer] Mike Mattison and Sue went upstairs and the lyrics just poured out. It’s a bunch of different true stories meshed into one.”
Like the group’s other recordings, Let Me Get By benefits from a number of musical elements that have become TTB trademarks: their deep sense of American roots music: rock, blues, soul, and especially gospel; Their balance of easy-flowing song structures and soaring, improvisational sections; Tedeschi’s spiritually charged vocals, and Trucks’ wide range of guitar tones, slide and picked, from back-alley, distorted rawness to Indian sitar-like sinuousness.
There are a number of characteristics that differentiate the music on this new album. One is a clearer, more mature musical identity that comes through a generous array of musical moods and feels. Tedeschi credits it to the inside familiarity among the group’s members: “the album didn’t come from any outside influence. This is the first time it’s all in-house, so I feel it’s really a good look at the actual band in action, how we communicate together.” Trucks agrees, adding that “the band is in a better place than it’s ever been that way. When everybody would be in the room anyone could just throw out ideas and everybody’d be willing to listen. You have to really trust each other and not be afraid of getting your feelings hurt. That’s more how it was at the beginning but now it’s a fun process, with everyone contributing.”
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 […]
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; […]
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!
Congratulations to the Tedeschi Trucks Band in their nomination for “Group of the Year” by the Americana Music Association! This is a great acknowledgement to the hard work that each and every one of the band members put in every day!
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 […]
Ever wonder what happens when you squeeze 12 performers, their instruments, and a camera into a small space? To find out, check out TTB’s Tiny Desk Concert from NPR Music, a new series that shouldn’t be missed!
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 […]
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!
Derek was serenaded by family, friends, and band mates last night in Santa Barbara, for a pre-show, pre-Birthday celebration! We want to wish Derek the happiest of Birthdays today!
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.
Check out Tim LeFebvre of the Tedeschi Trucks Band rockin’ the new TTB jersey on a spin around town!
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!
Check out this selfie taken by John Nichols of “New Day” Foundation of himself with Derek and Wayne backstage at the Greek Theatre in LA this past Saturday night. After the show, the LA Time printed that the Tedeschi Trucks Band is “a deeply skilled groove machine.”
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 […]
TTB brought the noise, the funk, the soul, the rock, AND the fun to Lockn’ Fest in Arrington, VA this afternoon. And the crowd was amazing too!
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!
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 […]
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.
The line-up for Outside Lands Music Festival on Aug 8-10th in San Fran was released this morning and tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10am (pacific time)! Better scoop them up fast so you can spend the weekend with everyone’s favorite 11 piece band!
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 […]