Saturday September 23, 2017
Tedeschi Trucks Band with Hard Working Americans
Now in their eighth year, Grammy-winning TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND has earned their reputation as one of the premier live acts touring today. The 12-piece ensemble, led by the husband-and-wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and guitarist-singer Susan Tedeschi, is a true collective; a rarity in rock-and-roll with every musician featured nightly while serving the band’s unified vision, pushing the boundaries of group dynamics and improvisation to inspiring new heights. Praised by reviewers for their “joy-filled blast of blues, soul and rock” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and “stellar musicianship” (Denver Post), TTB is a touring juggernaut, on the road over 200 days a year and never playing the same set list twice.
Their latest release, Live From the Fox Oakland, (2017) – a CD and film – was recorded in a single night at a show that fans and band members all regard as one of their finest performances to date. For Trucks and Tedeschi, the fall night in Oakland represented a perfect opportunity to document the progress the band has made since its inception in 2010. “It really feels like we are hitting our stride and firing on all cylinders,” says Trucks. The double disc live recording showcases the band’s ability to move seamlessly from blistering rock and blues to soulful ballads and includes their take on classics from Derek and the Dominos, Leonard Cohen, and even Miles Davis among TTB’s original songs. The film also gives a behind the scenes look at the band on the road, and includes footage from recent interviews with WFT! Podcast host Marc Maron and Rolling Stone critic David Fricke.
Live From the Fox Oakland, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues and #6 on the Rock Albums chart, follows four critically-hailed and commercially successful TTB albums, including their Grammy-winning inaugural studio effort Revelator (2011), and 2016’s Let Me Get By, the first to be solely produced by Trucks and written in house in the TTB family and called by the Associated Press “one of the great records of the year”.
Following their steady rise as solo artists, now to one of music’s most prominent partnerships, Tedeschi and Trucks have climbed to new peaks, both together and individually. From appearances at the White House and musical tributes to Hubert Sumlin, Bob Dylan and B.B. King to guesting on albums by John Prine or Rosanne Cash, the duo are constantly in-demand. As well, they've frequented late-night television, on shows hosted by Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, and the premiere of Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show; and hosted special all-star musical salutes themselves, including Bonnaroo’s Superjam in 2014 (with Chaka Khan, Ben Harper, Taj Mahal, and others), and leading an extraordinary assembly of musicians for a reunited Tribute to Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen set at the 2015 Lockn Festival (with Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and many other original members.)
Following their most successful touring year to-date, the group eagerly returned to the road in 2017. Highlights already have included another edition of the band’s Florida-based Sunshine Music Festival, sold-out multiple nights in Nashville, Chicago, and Washington DC, and an extended European run. Additionally, this summer, TTB will anchor a third installment of a 22-date, cross-country “Wheels of Soul” amphitheater tour, once again as headliners of a bill curated by Trucks that adds The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna to their list of “rock ‘n soul” collaborators.
HARD WORKING AMERICANS is Todd Snider, bassist Dave Schools from Widespread Panic, Jesse Aycock, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards, Duane Trucks, also from Widespread Panic, younger brother to Derek Trucks, on drums, and Daniel Sproul from Rose Hill Drive and Ryan Bingham’s band on guitar.