Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon Theatre

Derek Trucks was playing guitar in the Allman Brothers Band in 1999 when he met the opening act, guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi; they married in 2001 and had two children. Although Tedeschi led the Susan Tedeschi Band since 1993 and Trucks had led the Derek Trucks Band since 1996, they combined their bands and music in 2007 to form Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi's Soul Stew Revival. This led in 2010 to the formation of the Tedeschi Trucks Band in Jacksonville, Florida. The Tedeschi Trucks Band's debut album in 2011 won a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album; the band's third and most recent studio album, Let Me Get By, was released on  January 29, 2016.

The 12-person Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the Beacon Theatre for its annual residency, with promises of guest artists and unique set lists over the six-night run. On the fourth night, reviewed here, guitarists Jr. Mack, Luther Dickinson and Jorma Kaukonen joined the Tedeschi Trucks Band onstage, but these were not the most riveting moments. The stars of the performance were Tedeschi's powerful vocals and Trucks' guitar picking, which complemented each another wondrously. The set explored traditional blues infused with southern soul and other American roots music. On this night, 10 of the 16 songs were cover songs, including the Box Tops' "The Letter," the Grateful Dead's "Sugaree," and the Beatles' "I've Got a Feeling." No matter the song, the band took ownership by injecting passionate vocals and fiery guitar to make the performance unique. The band's rendition of the Allman Brothers Band's "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" was perhaps closest to its origin, but remained a house burner. At the end of the evening, the only thing better was knowing that a return on another night would produce yet another stellar blues jam.

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