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Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces Summer Tour

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 23, 2015

CINCINNATI, OH, (February 23, 2015) — Rolling across America on a sizzling summer run, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s “Wheels of Soul” tour brings the Grammy-winning,11-piece blues-rock dynamo together with soul sensation Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and acclaimed guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, for 20 not-be-missed appearances. Performing at some of the finest outdoor venues in the country, the first of the tour’s two legs kicks off June 5th in Paso Robles, California, and includes a stop in Cincinnati, OH at PNC Pavilion on Friday, June 26.

Tickets for the Cincinnati show $78*, $68*, $48* Reserved Pavilion and $150* Reserved 4-Pack, go on sale to the public beginning at 10:00am on Friday, March 6 at www.Ticketmaster.com, www.PNCPavilion.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000. *Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable fees. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

Perhaps not since the days of Joe Cocker’s supersized Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour of the early ’70s has this much talented rock and soul hit the road together, suggesting some potentially explosive onstage musical fireworks. Singer and guitarist Susan Tedeschi, who fronts TTB with her husband and guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, is excited about the possibilities. “Sharon is really soulful and sweet and we know a lot of the Dap-King guys through different projects,” said Tedeschi, also thrilled to share the stage with longtime friend and TTB collaborator Doyle Bramhall II. “There’s a lot to look forward to and who knows—maybe we’ll all get up and play together. The wheels of creativity are turning at all times; it should be fun and could be epic.”

Formed in 2010 with a spirit of adventure that saw Tedeschi and Trucks shelve their equally successful solo careers, Tedeschi Trucks Band has quickly become the vanguard of modern roots music. TTB has already earned a Grammy for its debut album,

Revelator, followed with a dynamic live double disc, Everybody’s Talkin,’ and most recently released Made Up Mind. Driven by Trucks, #16 of the top 100 Guitarists of All Time (Rolling Stone), and Tedeschi, blessed with a voice that passionately delivers a range of powerful R&B belters to gentle ballads, the group enlists two drummers, two vocalists, a three-piece horn section, bass, and a multi-instrumentalist keyboard player for what is a greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts collective.

Combining inspired Memphis soul with post-war electric blues and classic songcraft into an award-winning sound, TTB has captured the admiration of both concert audiences and critics worldwide – recently touted as “a deeply skilled groove machine” (

Los Angeles Times). With its legendary live performances featuring a growing repertoire of original material and an astounding range of songs by anyone from blues pioneers Blind Willie Johnson and Elmore James to present-day Ray LaMontagne and David Bowie, TTB thrives on shaking things up and challenging itself. They’ve recently introduced an intimate acoustic segment into their live set, and fans this summer can also expect to hear new originals that the band has been working on for their next album.

Having wrapped up his 15-year tenure with The Allman Brothers Band, Trucks is entering 2015 with full-time focus and a jam-packed itinerary of TTB concert dates. After launching the new year with their own annual Sunshine Music Festival in Florida, two nights at Nashville’s storied Ryman Auditorium, and a performance by Derek and Susan at February’s high-profile MusicCares concert honoring Bob Dylan, TTB will jump on the festival circuit again, with an inaugural mainstage appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April and a return to Lock’n in September. Additionally, the group has also lined up another trip to Europe this fall after two treks there in 2014.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been hailed as one of the leading forces in the revival of classic soul and funk. The band has traveled the world for more than a decade, blowing minds with their electrifying live performances and their raw, hand-crafted studio recordings. The Brooklyn based 11-piece group delivers sharp, danceable funk grooves, impassioned singing and sweet soul hooks that stay in your head for days on end. The group is touring behind it’s sixth album under the renowned independent Daptone label, 2014’s

Give the People What They Want, which was recently honored with a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. The prolific power-house and survivor that she is, Sharon Jones has fully recovered from a 2013 cancer diagnosis and bounced back with one of the biggest years of her career, filled with milestone accomplishments and a renewed energy for life.

Doyle Bramhall II is well-known for his extraordinary guitar work, but also as a distinctive vocalist, composer and producer. Just 18 when he was recruited by Jimmie Vaughan to play with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, two years later Doyle co-founded the Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section: Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. So impressed with Doyle too, Eric Clapton invited Bramhall to join Clapton’s group full-time and their association flourished. Collaborations with such as artists as Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Elton John, Gary Clark Jr., Erykah Badu, and Gregg Allman have kept Doyle highly in-demand. He is now completing his fourth solo album, launching the next chapter of his musical journey.

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BLUE RIDGE BOWL CELEBRATES OPENING WITH TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 2, 2015

VIRGINIA’S PREIMER MUSIC FESTIVAL, LOCKN’,
LAUNCHES NEW VENUE ON FESTIVAL SITE

BLUE RIDGE BOWL CELEBRATES OPENING WITH TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

LOCKN’ 2015 TICKET HOLDERS
TO RECEIVE FREE ENTRY FOR APRIL 18th SHOW

 

ARRINGTON, VA-   Tedeschi Trucks Band are among the signature acts to bring their fire and spirit to the Lockn’ Music Festival. After performing at Lockn’ in 2013 and 2014, they’ll be back in September for year three, which makes them the ideal artists to launch a new music venue in a natural amphitheater setting at the festival site.

 

On Saturday April 18th , Lockn’ will present a special performance by the group at the new Blue Ridge Bowl at Lockn’ Farm. To honor their association with the festival, this is a FREE event for all Lockn’ 2015 ticket holders.  Anyone who has already purchased, or purchases a Lockn’ 2015  ticket before April 18th, will receive a free General Admission ticket to the Blue Ridge Bowl show.  
“Peter Shapiro and I are thankful that so many people have already bought tickets for Lockn’ 2015,” says Lockn’ co-founder Dave Frey.  “We hope Lockn’ 2015 ticket holders will appreciate that this show will be free for them.  We’re also announcing more Lockn’ artists later in the week.”

 

Tickets are also available to the general public and go on-sale Tuesday, February 3rd at 10am. VIP, GA, Student and Military tickets are available at  www.blueridgebowl.com or by calling 800-594-TIXX (8499).    
The Blue Ridge Bowl is Virginia’s newest outdoor amphitheater located on Lockn’ Farm adjacent to the historic Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. Both Lockn’ Farm and Oak Ridge Farm are home to the annual Lockn’ Music Festival.

 

 

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COULD THIS BE ALLMAN BROS LAST WANEE PERFORMANCE!

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 10, 2014

The Allman Brothers at Wanee 2012

 

The Allman Brothers Band

Appearing At Wanee Music Festival

For Two Nights!

Festival Scheduled April 10 – 12

At Spirit of Suwannee Park – Live Oak, FL

Advance and VIP Tickets On Sale Now

Gregg Allman has announced that The Allman Brothers Band will stop touring after 2014, so this year’s 10th Anniversary Wanee Music Festival performances could be the last time to see the whole group together with their current lineup, which includes Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes (who will also be appearing with their own groups).  The band, which has headlined Wanee for ten years, is scheduled to perform Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12

 

According to a post in Relix Magazine, Gregg Allman said: “The Allman Brothers Band will stop touring at the end of 2014.”  When asked about The Allman Brothers Band’s future as part of an interview for Relix, Allman says, “This is it—this is the end of it.”  However, he leaves the door open to possible reunions down the road. “Who’s to say? We may all get together every five years and just do one play at a time,” he admits

Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes had already announced that they were leaving the band after this year.  According to a report in Rolling Stone: “For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with The Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands,” the two musicians wrote in a joint statement. “We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible fans.”

 

The Allman Brothers Band with Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes headline a great line-up of outstanding performers for what has become one of the most popular Festivals in the country.  The 2014 Wanee Music Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary Thursday April 10th through Saturday April 12th at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.

 

In addition to the The Allman Brothers Band playing both Friday and Saturday nights, the rest of the line-up includes: Trey Anastasio Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Ziggy Marley, Blues Traveler, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hot Tuna Electric, Moe., Rusted Root, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Music of Led Zeppelin), Soulive, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Walter Trout, Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation), Blind Boys of Alabama, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Melvin Seals & JGB, Futurebirds, Berry Oakley’s Skylab, Matt Schofield, Break Science, Pink Talking Fish, Sean Chambers, The Yeti Trio and The Hip Abduction.

 

          But the end of touring for The Allman Brothers Band does not mean the end of the Wanee Music Festival, as new and exciting elements are being planner for Wanee 2015.

 

Tickets for the 2014 Wanee Music Festival are on sale now at: http://www.waneefestival.tickets.musictoday.com/WaneeFestival/calendar.aspx.  The Festival will be held Thursday April 10th through Saturday April 12th at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. 

 

THREE DAY GENERAL ADMISSION FESTIVAL TICKETS:

$195 + Applicable Fees ( Now – February 16th 10PM EST – (Price will increase after this) Includes: 3 nights of Primitive Camping (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.).  Music from 12:30PM on Thursday (April 10). Full days of Music on Friday & Saturday (April 11 & 12)

 

VIP TICKETS:
$475+Applicable Fees: Includes: (1) VIP 3-Day pass to the festival with music starting at 12:30PM on Thursday, Special concert viewing area at Peach and Mushroom stages, 3 nights of primitive camping (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.), Wanee 2014 VIP T Shirt, Commemorative Wanee 2014 Laminate, Private Restrooms, Commemorative Wanee 2014 Poster, Catered Lunch and dinner on Friday & Saturday, Complimentary snacks and soft drinks, Discounted beer, Access to Wanee 2014 VIP only Pre Party

Last year the Festival brought great music and great times to the many thousands of fans attending.  It was the best year to date. This year with The Allman’s final Wanee appearance it is sure to sell out so get your tickets early!

 

Look for more upcoming announcements at: www.waneefestival.com

 

2014 10th Anniversary Wanee Music Festival Line up Announced

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 20, 2014
Wanee Festival 2010

Wanee Festival 2010

2014 10th Anniversary 

Wanee Music Festival 

Featuring

The Allman Brothers Band

Trey Anastasio Band *  Lynyrd Skynyrd *

Tedeschi Trucks Band * Gov’t Mule* 

Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band * 

Umphrey’s McGee * Ziggy Marley * 

Blues Traveler * 

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood * 

Hot Tuna Electric * Moe. * Rusted Root *

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Music of Led Zeppelin) * Soulive * Royal Southern Brotherhood * Walter Trout * Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation) * 

Blind Boys of Alabama * Bobby Lee Rodgers *

Melvin Seals & JGB * Futurebirds * Matt Schofield *

Break Science * Sean Chambers * The Yeti Trio *

Advance and VIP Tickets On Sale Now

The Allman Brothers Band headline a great line-up of outstanding performers for what is fast becoming one of the most popular Festivals in the country.  The 2014 Wanee Music Festival

celebrates its 10th Anniversary Thursday April 10th through Saturday April 12th at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. Tickets for the Festival are on sale now through Music Today at: http://www.waneefestival.tickets.musictoday.com/WaneeFestival/calendar.aspx.

In addition to the The Allman Brothers Band playing both Friday and Saturday nights, the rest of the line-up includes: Trey Anastasio Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Ziggy Marley, Blues Traveler, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hot Tuna Electric, Moe., Rusted Root, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (Music of Led Zeppelin), Soulive, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Walter Trout, Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation), Blind Boys of Alabama, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Melvin Seals & JGB, Futurebirds, Matt Schofield, Break Science, Sean Chambers, The Yeti Trio.

THREE DAY GENERAL ADMISSION FESTIVAL TICKETS:

$195 + Applicable Fees ( Now – February 16th 10PM EST – (Price will increase after this) Includes: 3 nights of Primitive Camping (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.).  Music from 12:30PM on Thursday (April 10). Full days of Music on Friday & Saturday (April 11 & 12)

VIP TICKETS:

$475+Applicable Fees: Includes: (1) VIP 3-Day pass to the festival with music starting at 12:30PM on Thursday, Special concert viewing area at Peach and Mushroom stages, 3 nights of primitive camping (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.), Wanee 2014 VIP T Shirt, Commemorative Wanee 2014 Laminate, Private Restrooms, Commemorative Wanee 2014 Poster, Catered Lunch and dinner on Friday & Saturday, Complimentary snacks and soft drinks, Discounted beer, Access to Wanee 2014 VIP only Pre Party

Tickets for the 2014 Wanee Music Festival are on sale now at: http://www.waneefestival.tickets.musictoday.com/WaneeFestival/calendar.aspx.  The Festival will be held Thursday April 10th through Saturday April 12th at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.

Last year the Festival brought great music and great times to the many thousands of fans attending.  It was the best year to date. This year is sure to sell out so get your tickets early!

Look for more upcoming announcements at: www.waneefestival.com

Wanee Music Festival

Wanee Music Festival

 

 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND HEADLINES THE INAUGURAL SUNSHINE BLUES FESTIVAL 3 DATES IN FLORIDA FOR 2013

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on October 1, 2012

 

Derek and Susan in Little Rock

2012 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS WINNER

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

HEADLINES THE INAUGURAL

SUNSHINE BLUES FESTIVAL

3 DATES IN FLORIDA FOR 2013

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 – FT. MYERS

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 – BOCA RATON

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 – ST. PETERSBURG

ALL TICKETS JUST $49.50

ON SALE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 / 10AM

 

Winner of four Blues Music Awards and a Grammy Award for “Best Blues Album” the Tedeschi Trucks Band will headline the inaugural Sunshine Blues Festivalin Florida, playing three dates in the state.  Featuring two stages of live bands, the Festival will make its debut at Centennial Park in Fort Myers, Friday, January 18, 2013, with music starting at 12:30PM.  Then, Saturday, January 19, 2013, with music starting at 11AM, it comes to Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton in South Florida and finally Sunday, January 20, 2013, with music starting at 10:45AM, at Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay Area.

Tickets for what is destined to become a major annual event for the Sunshine State, the Sunshine Blues Festival, will go on sale Saturday, October 6th at 10AM at www.livenation.com, all TicketMaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.  .

All tickets are best seat in the house General Admission and are just $49.50.

All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, parking and service and handling charges

“The Blues is where it all began for Modern Music in America,” says Neil Jacobsen, President – Live Nation Florida.  “Putting this show together has been a labor of love and we are very excited to bring a world class Blues Festival to Florida as an annual event.”

It has been an amazing year for the Tedeschi Trucks Band or TTB as their loyal fans prefer to call them.  In February their album Revelator won the Grammy Award for “Best Blues Album.”  Then in July they dominated the Blues Music Awards (formerly the WC Handy Awards) where they won not only Album of the Year, but also took home trophies for Band of the Year, Gibson Guitar Award (Derek Trucks) and Contemporary Blues Female Artist (Susan Tedeschi).  True to Truck’s promise, the album delivered a collection of blues-dipped rockers and heart stirring ballads in which the echoes of so many great traditions flowed together naturally, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility. Critically acclaimed as a 4 Star “masterpiece” by Rolling Stone magazine and simply “Outstanding” by USA TodayRevelator broke into the Billboard Top 200 chart at #12, bringing both artists to their highest first week sales and charting of their careers. Their second album, Everybody’s Talkin’ is a double live disc recorded on the band’s fall tour last year.   Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11-member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity.  In addition to Susan Tedeschi (a six time grammy nominee) and Derek Trucks (who is currently #16 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time) the band includes harmony singers Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers, brothers Oteil Burbridge (long time bassist for the Allman Brothers Band) and Kofi Burbridge (longtime keyboardist/flutist with The Derek Trucks Band), a pair of drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, as well as trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and trombonist Saunders Sermons.

“We are thrilled to be a part of these inaugural festivals in our home state of Florida, and share the stage with some great musicians and friends.”-Derek Truck and Susan Tedeschi

Also highlighting the inaugural bill for the Festival are: contemporary guitar legend Walter Trout formerly with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers; Louisiana slide wizard Sonny Landreth; Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band; The Wood Brothers, featuring Chris from Modeski, Martin & Wood and his well-known singer/songwriter brother Oliver; award-winning British blues guitarist Matt Schofield; the driving force of urban funk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation; Florida guitar favorite Bobby Lee Rodgers; multiple Grammy and Blues Music Award-winner Joe Louis Walker; the no-frills blend of Chicago, Texas, and Delta blues of guitarist Sean Chambers; and the one and only New Orleans Blues Legend Dr. John (St. Petersburg and Boca Raton only).  At last a real Blues Festival that will become an annual event for the Sunshine State!

The inaugural Sunshine Blues Festival headlined by the Tedeschi Trucks Band comes to Florida for three dates in 2013, Friday, January 18 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers; Saturday, January 19 at Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton in South Florida; and Sunday, January 20 at Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg in the Tampa Bay Area.  Tickets for the all day event go on sale Saturday, October 6th at 10AM at www.livenation.com, all TicketMaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

For more information go to www.livenation.com.

About Live Nation Entertainment:

Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network.  Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with almost 27 million monthly unique visitors.  Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally.  Front Line is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists.  These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

Tedeschi Trucks Band releases “DARLING BE HOME SOON” VIDEO DEBUT

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 7, 2012
Tedeschi Trucks Band
“DARLING BE HOME SOON” VIDEO DEBUT
We’re pleased to bring you the world premiere of our new video, for “Darling Be Home Soon” off Tedeschi Trucks Band’s recent live album Everybody’s Talkin’. Written by John Sebastian of the Lovin Spoonful (one of Derek’s dad’s favorite bands), the track was famously covered by Joe Cocker’s group Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a group that remains a major inspiration for the 11-piece traveling musical circus that is TTB.

TTB’s version of “Darling Be Home Soon” is a wonderful showcase of Susan’s vocals soaring above the gentle swell of the band’s groove. Featuring a trumpet solo by Maurice Brown and a slow-building extended solo by Derek as the band brings it down to a whisper behind him, “Darling Be Home Soon” is easily one of the highlights of an album with no shortage of beautiful vocals and show-stopping solos.

We’re sharing the video with fans first, and we hope you’ll do us a favor and pass it along to a friend or two of your own. Thanks to all for their ongoing support of TTB and all their love forEverybody’s Talkin’.

Indaba Remix Contest – Voting Starts Tomorrow

Phase one of our contest on Indaba Music to remix “Everybody’s Talkin'” is winding down as submissions are due today. But Derek and Susan need your help in choosing a winner. Visit the contest page, check out some of the submissions and vote for your favorite effort to make sure that the grand prize (a ’61 Gibson SG reissue, a PRS amp and a Shure vocal mic) goes to the most deserving effort. (Indaba Media is the sponsor of this contest. For Official Rules, clickhere. Sony Music Entertainment is not a sponsor of this contest.)

TTB Tour Rolls On

After a few weeks on the road, TTB is operating at full force and heading to a town near you soon, particularly if you live in Canada or across the Midwest. Here’s a full list of remaining dates in July – tickets are available but going fast for many of these shows, so don’t wait too long to get yours. Visit www.TedeschiTrucksBand.com/Events to see the full list of TTB concerts and get tickets to one in your area.

June 29 – Toronto, ON – Toronto Jazz Festival
July 6 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 7 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Blues Festival
July 10 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
July 11 – Quebec City, QC – Quebec City Int’l Summer Festival
July 13 – Ann Arbor, MI – Hill Auditorium
July 14 – St. Louis, MO – Touhill PAC
July 15 – Little Rock, AR – Robinson Center Music Hall
July 17 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
July 18 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
July 19 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater

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Wanee Music Festival 2012 featured a Hall of Fame Lineup

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on April 28, 2012

Wanee 2012

The Wanee Music Festival has grown in it’s eight years to become one of the nation’s best. The beautiful setting of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak Florida provides a perfect venue for the music and camping. The two main stages, The Peach Stage  set in a perfect bowl, with plenty of viewing area and great sound was the setting for the larger acts, while the small Mushroom Stage is probably the best festival stage in the country . Surrounded a natural ampitheater by trees, this stage gives you the most intimate relationship you can have with a band.

Two new stages were added in 2012 The Engine Barn Stage  for Wednesday and Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch provided additional entertainment in the Music Hall.

An estimated 30,000 people  enjoyed the show which officially began on Thursday at the Mushroom Stage. This festival draws an older more knowledgable audience than most due to it’s lineup. This festival was filled with Hall of Fame acts who provided legendary performances with most dedicating their showor at least a song to honor the memory of The Band’s , Levon Helm who passed away the day the festival began. Helm had played Wanee in 2009.

Highlights from Wanee 2012

Wednesday

Although is billed as a pre festival event, several bands showed they will soon be well known on the music circuit. Flannel Church which included Duane Trucks on drums, (brother of guitar legend Derek and nephew of Allman drummer Butch Trucks), played a powerful set that combined funk with R&B. This band is filled with talent andtheir cover of Cream’s “ I’m So Glad” was a highlight of the festival.

Local band, Cope finished the evening and was a crowd favorite mixing Pink Floyd’s “ Comfortably Numb” in their set.

Thursday

Former  Doors member, Ray Manzarek joined with Delta Rhythm Kings, Roy Rogers for a talented set. Manzarek”s voice and keyboards reminded you of why the music behind Jim Morrison made the Doors such a great band. Rogers guitar was brilliant.

Hot Tuna played an excellent electric set that kept fans out in the rain.

Conspirator featuring members of the Disco Biscuits finished the night with a jamtronica  filled show that had heads bobbing and fans dancing till the wee hours of the morning.

Friday

 Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers began a beautiful day of music with an outstanding set of jazz, folk, blues and rock. That included covers and hits he has played a part in for many years.

British Blues guitarist, Matt Schofield showed why he has been chosen best British guitarist the past two years with a blistering set that made everyone a believer in his playing ability. I look forward to seeing his show again.

When it comes to guitar , Hall of Famer, Buddy Guy is at the top. The man has lived and played with the best guitarist of our time. At 75, he still has the talent ,energy and the passion to take his fans on a walk through the years paying tribute to the guitar gods by mixing Clapton, Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn into his set. His sound is unique and showmanship is unparalleled.

 The Tedeschi Trucks Band had formed just before the the 2011 Wanee and stole last years show even in the rain. This time around the sun was bright and constant touring has made this band a well oiled machine. With Susan Tedeschi’s beautiful vocals and Derek Trucks heavenly guitar you almost forget to notice the outstanding music coming from Otiel and Kofi Burbridge and the rest of the band.

The Mickey Hart Band was one of the best performances of the weekend. With a solid band that featured Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) on bass, Hart displayed his Hall of Fame talent on an elaborate drum set. Beginning with a powerful “Not Fade Away” the bands space rhythms  carried the audience throughout the set.

Those lucky enough to purchase the extra tickets to Fur Peace Ranch were treated to three shows featuring Jorma Kaukonen visiting with Jack Cassidy, Warren Haynes and Mickey Hart.

The lawn of the Peach stage was completely full of dancing dead fans as Further took the stage at 5:30 for a nearly three hour jam.  Grateful Dead  members, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh along with the vocals and guitar John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra) honored Levon Helm with “Don’t Do It” and scatter many classic Dead songs through the set. Phil Lesh looked healthy and seemed to enjoy the crowd and ended the show reminding the fans to consider donating organs as a liver transplant saved his life.

The Allman Brothers Band took the stage nearly an hour late. No reason was given but it appeared Warren Haynes changed the set list just before the show began. There was an oxygen tank next to the organ and a frail Gregg Allman sang in only six songs in the evening. His voice was spectacular on “Ain’t My Cross to Bear” and his duo with “Blind Willie McTell. It was clear Gregg is dedicated to his music and this festival as he fought through his health problems to perform.

Warren Haynes clearly led the band flanked by Derek Trucks. Several surprise songs included a beautiful and somewhat rare version of “Blue Sky”.The show was filled with amazing guitar solos. Guest stars included Bob Weir, and Susan Tedeschi who sang a terrific “Standback” and joined in on “The Weight” dedicated to Helm.

The bands encore was a long“ No One To Run With”.

Saturday

Rain was intermittent throughout the day but didn’t dampen the Wanee spirit.  The  highlights included Trigger Hippy, a recently formed group of veterans including , Joan Osborne, Jackie Green and  Black Crows drummer Steve Gorman. Osborne was spectacular on vocals and Greene brilliantly played keys and guitar. This is one band you must see.

The highly anticipated return of Gov’t Mule was marred by a rain shorten set. However the band scorched through six songs before a drenched Warren Haynes called the show. The Mule left no doubt they are in full form after a 2011 with very few performances. Their version of “The Shape I Am In” was a festival must see.

Leftover Salmon, Charles Bradley kept the Mushroom stage rocking and Big Sam’s Funky Nation took it over the top with the cover of Adele’s “We Could Have Had It All” !

As the rain’s cleared for the sets from Further and the Allmans crowds filled the Peach Stage to enjoy the final evening of the festival.

After a long Further set that included a few more popular Dead songs the Allman Brothers Band took the stage.

The show started with “Jessica” and featured many guests such as Luther Dickinson on “I Walk On Gilded Splinters” and Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie) on harp and vocals for several songs including “Statesboro Blues”. I was evident Greg Allman was not in good health as he sang and played only a few songs. Just this week Allman postponed his book tour and it was announced he has under gone heart tests.

Allman was involved in the festivals largest highlight when he opened the encore singing a painfully beautiful version of Neil Young’s “Needle and The Damage Done”.

The show ended with a “Southbound” featuring a stage full of guest stars including the first appearance at the festival of pedal steel wizard, Roosevelt Collier.

North Mississippi Allstars closed Wanee with a rocking set dedicating it to former Allmans, Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, and Berry Oakley along with The Band’s Levon Helm the Mushroom Stage.

The Wanee Festival has grown in it’s short eight years to become one of the most popular festivals east of the Mississippi. The crowd was near park capacity. VIP sold out in just two short weeks. Many VIPs are regulars who return year after year.

At all music festivals, you have to make choices between musical acts you want to see. I missed several shows that I heard great things about. The lineups get stronger each year.

One has to wonder how long The Allman Brothers Band can continue to headline this great event. It’s been an joy to watch this event grow. 2013 dates have already been announced  for April 18-20.

The Wanee Music Festival will go on. Hopefully with The Allmans and their extended family.  A festival that started as a Butch Trucks dream is here to stay. There have been wonderful memories and friendships have been made at this festival. This legacy will continue for years to come. I for one will be there.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Ray Manzerick

Gregg Allman

Wanee 2012

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Album ‘Revelator’ Receives GRAMMY Nomination

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 21, 2011
Tedeschi Trucks Band
 

 

 

‘Revelator’ Receives GRAMMY Nomination

Two years ago, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi found themselves in an unusual position: both of their solo albums received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Blues Album.” Now, they are both nominated in that category again, but this time, it’s for their joint effort, Revelator, the debut album from Tedeschi Trucks Band. Huge congratulations to the members of TTB on the nomination: Derek, Susan, Oteil, Kofi, Tyler, JJ, Mike, Mark, Saunders, Maurice, and Kebbi, as well as album collaborators and friends David Ryan Harris, Ryan Shaw, Oliver Wood, John Leventhal, Gary Louris, Alam Khan, Salar Nader, and engineers Bobby Tis, Marty Wall, and producer Jim Scott. Thanks to all on the GRAMMY nomination committee for the consideration. Last but not least, thanks to the fans around the world for the limitless support that made Revelator a success.

Derek Trucks Voted #16 Greatest Guitarist By Rolling Stone

This month’s issue of Rolling Stone features a list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, as voted by a panel of top guitarists and music writers. Derek Trucks made the list, this time landing at #16, just one slot behind the great Freddy King. Many thanks to all the writers and musicians who chose to include Derek, who once again is the youngest guitarist on the list by a wide margin.

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band play Rock Strong 4 Life

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 27, 2011

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

After a wet cold morning, The Rock Strong 4 Life Benefit on Saturday turned out to be a perfect evening at Popa John’s Stadium.  The sun came out just in time to warm up the 1000 plus audience and The Tedeschi Trucks Band took over from there to deliver a performance that may have been the best show to play Louisville this year.

As husband-wife couples go in the world of music, it is a challenge to find a duo as well-fitted and naturally prolific as that of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks. They are both heavily steeped in the blues tradition, yet open to far-ranging influences including rock, gospel, jazz and World music. Each has produced recordings that share a sensibility best described as a swampy mix of rootsy, rockin’ American music. The two have guested on each other’s albums, toured together intermittently, and last year they each received individual Grammy nominations in the category of “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for their 2009 albums, Tedeschi for Back To The River and Trucks for Already Free (which he won). As well, they often perform together with the Allman Brothers Band—with whom Trucks continues to play as co-lead guitarist.

From the opening number , “Don’t Let Me Slide” it was obvious the this would be a special night. The combination of Susan Tedeschi’s stunning vocals and Derek Trucks extraordinary guitar, lead a spectacular eleven-member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity. Harmony singers Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers  joined forces with brothers Oteil Burbridge (noted for his years as bassist with the Allman Brothers Band) and Kofi Burbridge (longtime keyboardist/flutist with The Derek Trucks Band),along with a pair of drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, The band  also included a brass section consisting of trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and trombonist Saunders Sermons.

The band’s set included many songs from their critically acclaimed “Revelator” album along with powerful versions of Delaney and Bonnie’s , “Coming Home”, “Uptight” and a moving version of Derek and the Domino’s, “ Anyday” that included two chilling guitar solos from Trucks.

Derek Trucks is unquestionably one of the top guitar players in the world. He was  selected by Eric Clapton to record on his albums, “The Road to Escondido” and “Clapton” touring with him in 2007. An amazing slide player who rivals Duane Allman, the man  who he now covers in The Allman Brother Band. Trucks handles his task with ease and on this night he consistently received standing ovations for his artistic solos. The 32 year old was rated 81st in the 2003 Rolling Stone Top 100 guitarist of all time at the age of 24, and was selected in 2007 as one of three New Guitar Gods by the magazine.

During the course of the performance each member gets their time in the spotlight.  Kofi Burbridge played an jam filled keyboard and flute solo, while his brother bassist Oteil played and sang a jazzy solo showing his range of both vocals and instrument. There were solos by each drummer and brass member as well. Every member showing the high level of expertise on their instruments.

Although her husband’s guitar playing stands out Susan Tedeschi can play a mean guitar herself contributing with a solo that had Derek smiling with pride. They ended the show with their latest hit song, “Bound For Glory” and returned for an encore had everyone dancing to a musical medley of Sly Stone’s  Simple Song and I Want To Take You Higher”

The proceeds of the event were donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Organizer Dewayne Rudd and the event committee should be commended for this effort to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

The concert capped an entire day of awareness for the genetic disease that affects 30,000 people in the United States and over 70,000 people worldwide. Prior to the concert, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted the “Climb for Life Event” in the morning in whichUniversity of Louisville football players and Head Coach Charlie Strong  welcomed the CF supporters walking the steps at Cardinal Stadium to raise money for a cure.

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND ROLLING STRONG BEHIND CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED REVELATOR FALL CONCERT TOUR UNDERWAY

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on September 21, 2011

Susan Tedeschi

Derek Trucks

A dramatic leap forward for two of the music world’s most dynamic performers,  singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks, introduced their new 11-piece ensemble—Tedeschi Trucks Band to rave reviews earlier this spring in advance of their first full CD release together.   In June, Tedeschi Trucks Band debuted big with their inaugural album, Revelator, (Sony MASTERWORKS) breaking into the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #12, bringing both artists to their highest first week sales and charting of their careers. Recognized for their outstanding live performances and supported by an all-star lineup of musicians, the group is currently on tour across the U.S.

Tedeschi Trucks Band celebrated the release of Revelator with a soulful and anthemic performance of the album’s first single, “Learn How To Love” on both The Tonight Show and Conan followed by a flurry of positive reviews.  In a 4 Star review, Rolling Stone praised the album as a “masterpiece” while USA Today called the album simply “Outstanding.”  In recent concert reviews, Kansas City Star wrote “the stunning vocals of Tedeschi and the awe-inspiring guitar work of Trucks were showcased to perfection.”  Boston Globe declared the “show a triumph,” as Charleston City Paper described the concert as “staggering, uplifting, and damn near soul-saving.”

As husband-wife couples go in the world of music, it is a challenge to find a duo as well-fitted and naturally prolific as that of Tedeschi and Trucks. They are both heavily steeped in the blues tradition, yet open to far-ranging influences including rock, gospel, jazz and world music. Tedeschi and Trucks have each shared stages with legends including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Buddy Guy, and they often perform together with the Allman Brothers Band – which Trucks joined full time in 1999.  Last year they each received Grammy nominations in the category of “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for their 2009 albums, Tedeschi for Back To The River and Trucks for Already Free (which he won).  Now they have joined forces as a true musical family.

Revelator, co-produced by Trucks and Jim Scott (Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers), is filled with smoky, blues-dipped rockers and heart-stilling ballads that show off, respectively, the gutsier and softer side of Tedeschi’s vocal ability, plus a series of emotive, story-telling solos shaped by Trucks’s uncanny agility on slide-guitar. Revelator echoes of so many great traditions—Delta blues and Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk—organically flow together, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility.

Tedeschi Trucks Band has been headlining shows in the U.S., Australia and Europe this year behind the new album.  The group features harmony singers Mike Mattison (vocalist with Derek Trucks Band) and Mark Rivers, brothers Oteil Burbridge (noted for his years as bassist with the Allman Brothers Band) and Kofi Burbridge (longtime keyboardist/flutist with The Derek Trucks Band) with drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams and trombonist Saunders Sermons.

View video highlights here:

9/24 Louisville, KY Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium

10/14 Brookville, NY Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

10/15 Lynn, MA Lynn Memorial Auditorium

10/16 Buffalo, NY Sun Center for the Arts

10/18 Burlington, VT Flynn Theatre

10/19 Albany, NY Hart Theatre

10/21 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

10/22 Rochester, NY Auditorium Theatre

10/23 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center

10/25 Toronto, ONT Music Hall

10/26 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre

10/28 Washington DC Warner Theatre

10/29 Bridgeport, CT The Klein

11/13 San Paolo, Brazil SWU Music & Arts Festival

11/18 Denver, CO Fillmore

11/19 Phoenix, AZ JW Desert Ridge Blues Festival

12/31 San Francisco, CA Warfield

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