Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have combined forces for a summer outing, touring together as one musical group; Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival. The guitar-slinging couple - married since 2001 - have recorded on each other’s albums and toured together with their respective bands on occasion, but this new musical adventure reveals the two side by side leading one amazing ensemble.
Fans can expect a mixture of material from both artists’ repertoire along with a batch of songs worked up especially for this tour, steeped in blues, roadhouse rock and American roots.
A 2007 concert review in the Deseret News, raved, “whether playing some of the all-time classics or their own compositions, the pair proved repeatedly why they are arguably two of the best young blues musicians in the world. Tedeschi, whose singing never ceases to amaze” mixed with “trucks jaw-dropping solos left everyone in the crowd--and on the stage--breathless.” The Dallas Morning News added, “the pair work so seamlessly together, that the songs performed – from Etta James, Junior Wells, King Curtis, the Rolling Stones, Blind Willie Johnson and others, took on an ultrasultriness that had men and women, young and old, single and coupled alike swaying sensually to the time… the Soul Stew Revival was served piping hot and with dollops of Southern spice.”
The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival consists of acclaimed slide guitarist Derek Trucks, soulful vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, horn players Kevin Hyde, Paul Garrett, Mace Hibbard and current members of The Derek Trucks Band; Todd Smallie (bass), Yonrico Scott (drums), Kofi Burbridge (keys & flute) Mike Mattison (vocals), Count M’Butu (percussion). The Soul Stew will also feature Derek’s younger brother, 19-year-old Duane Trucks on second drum kit.
Both Tedeschi and Trucks are known for their amazing live performances and along with the impressive individual talents of this band, it promises to deliver a high energy night filled with new and familiar grooves.
Four-time Grammy-nominated singer, guitarist and songwriter Susan Tedeschi maintained a busy schedule in 2007 in support of her latest critically lauded album Hope and Desire (Verve Forecast). She's won a large and loyal audience for her ability to craft elements of classic blues, rock, R&B, folk and gospel into a distinctly individual style that honors rootsy musical traditions without being subservient to them. Guitar Player declares that "Susan Tedeschi has got the whole package: a sultry and soulful voice, an engaging personality, a broad palette of stylistic influences, and an articulate pen that tells it like it is.”
For Trucks, already a veteran at 28 (29 on 6/8), the tour with Tedeschi caps one of the busiest years of his career which included sharing the stage with Eric Clapton as a featured soloist for the 2006/2007 world tour, a packed schedule of dates with The Derek Trucks Band including Europe and Japan in addition to U.S. dates with Carlos Santana and was featured on the cover of the Rolling Stone ‘New Guitar Gods’ issue. In 2006, The Derek Trucks Band’s best-selling album to date, Songlines, prompted USA Today to hail Trucks as “possibly this generation's greatest rock guitarist,” while the Wall Street Journal concurred that “he is the most awe-inspiring electric slide guitar player performing today.” The album also spawned Songlines Live, the group's first-ever DVD. Trucks currently divides his time between The Derek Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band (full time member since 1999) and now Soul Stew Revival.d
Live On Stage:
The Allman may have had to cancel their appearance, but sure to stop by for Derek and Susan's set. I had a chance to catch them at Farm Aid with this band and it was one of the highlights of the day. Let's go with a double doses, first up is Little By Little...
And here they are with the Derek & The Dominos - Anyday...
For more on Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi hit up their official websites.
Sunday, June 8, 2008