Married since 2001, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks had prolific, award-winning careers with their respective bands since the mid-'90s. In 2010, they joined forces as Tedeschi Trucks Band. Their first disc, Revelator, won the Grammy for best blues album 2011.
A live disc, Everybody’s Talkin’, was released in 2012, making the newest release, Made Up Mind, the third album from the blues band with deep world music roots. You can stream the new album in full until Aug. 20, in the player below.
The 10-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band has been an exercise in partnerships and teamwork from the start. The connection obviously begins with the marriage of the co-leaders of the band, but the philosophy continues with the Burbridge brothers.
Until mid-2012, the band included keyboardist Kofi Burbridge and his younger brother, bassist Oteil Burbridge. The inherent musical connection between the siblings had contributed to the easy-flowing jam-band sound of the Derek Trucks Band (Trucks also worked with Kofi in the Allman Brothers Band). Oteil, however, has since stepped away from Tedeschi Trucks Band, hoping to spend more time with family.
Another tip of the hat to the Allman Brothers, and further cementing the essence of teamwork within Tedeschi Trucks Band, is the use of two drummers. As Trucks says on the band’s website, “the two drummer thing can really be terrible if it’s the wrong situation.” Trucks says of drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson, “You never know until you try and it was magic from the beginning.” Even the players themselves have no answer for it. In a fun video on the website, Greenwell notes, “when we figure out how it works, we’ll let you know. We’re not exactly sure yet.”
Trucks is decidedly a guitar player, leaving much of the vocal work to Tedeschi. With the backing vocals in Tedeschi Trucks Band however, the teamwork continues with the deep soul connection of Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers. Together the two provide more gospel, soul and soaring blues than any band could ever ask for.
It takes a lot of talent and teamwork for a 10-piece band to come together as a cohesive unit. Tedeschi Trucks make it work.
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on Aug 11, 2013