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Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Fox Theatre
Tucson, AZ
December 3, 2013
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Review and photos by Mary Andrews

I've been a fan of Susan Tedeschi since I first heard her album Just Won't Burn. In fact, I completely wore the CD out! The first time I saw her perform was in 2000 at the Beale Street Music Festival. It was apparent that Susan was going to be a driving force in Blues music for many years to come. The first time I saw Derek Trucks play guitar was as a member of Willie Nelson's All-Star Blues Band at the 2000 4th of July picnic. Susan was there too. Derek appeared to be about 15 years old. But his looks were deceiving. He was 20 years old and had been playing guitar professionally since he was 11 years old. Derek Trucks' uncle Butch was the founding member of The Allman Brothers Band and Derek has a permanent place in the iconic band as well. Susan Tedeschi does not have the musical heritage that Derek has. Instead, she was always musically inclined and sang for the family from the time she was six years old. Even though she was Catholic, she gravitated to the African American Baptist Church near her home to listen to the choir and learned to sing from the heart.

Susan and Derek have collaborated in marriage and music since 2001. Each had their own band over the years until 2010 when they formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Tuesday night, the band was 11 members big and each member had a chance to show off their skills!

The band members are Derek Trucks (guitar), Susan Tedeschi (guitar, vocals), Kofi Burbridge (keys, flute, vocals),Tyler Greenwell (drums), JJ Johnson (drums), Mike Mattison (backing vocals, lead vocals), Mark Rivers (backing vocals), Maurice Brown (trumpet, vocals), Kebbi Williams (Saxophone), Saunders Sermons (trombone), and Tim Lefebvre (bass). Each is an accomplished master of his instrument!

The Fox Theater was packed with a predominantly middle aged crowd who were ready for the rousing two hour set. I can safely say gauging by the number of standing ovations during the two-hour set that no one was disappointed. The set started with ?Made Up Mind" got the set off rocking. Susan's vocals have gotten more gritty and gutsy over time. I was amazed to see how she has gained so much more guitar finesse since I saw her just three years ago. Derek's slide guitar appears effortless without being flashy. Yet it is searing and soulful. The band jammed on "I Know," "Bound For Glory" and "Angel From Montgomery/Sugaree," Mike Mattison, former lead singer of Trucks Band, sang lead on two songs and Maurice Brown got to show his vocal skills as well! Kofi Burbridge doubled down from the keyboards to the flute. The two drummers kept the beat humming with their own solos. The bottom line is that the show is a must GO for a fist pumping, foot stompin, church goin', GREAT Time!
Made Up Mind
Do I Look Worried
Midnight In Harlem
I Know
Part Of Me
Intro/Love Has Something
Sky Is Crying
It's So Heavy
Don't Drift Away
More & More
Angel From Montgomery/Sugaree
Bound For Glory
The Storm


Old Time Lovin/All That I Need
Get What You Deserve

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Susan Tedeschi - Concert review - Milwaukee, WI July 2006
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