Scene and Heard

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND DEBUTS AT #12 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 CHART

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on June 17, 2011

THIS MARKS A CAREER MILESTONE

FOR BOTH SUSAN TEDESCHI AND DEREK TRUCKS

WHO COLLECTIVELY CELEBRATE THEIR HIGHEST DEBUTS TO DATE

 Tedeschi Trucks Band debuts big with their inaugural album Revelator, breaking into the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #12 in their first week with 26k units sold.  The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Revelator, marks a career milestone for both husband and wife team Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, bringing both artists their highest first week sales and charting that either artist has had to date.

 

The album, available in stores and online now, has been met with tremendous excitement from the media and TTB’s fan base alike.  Praised as a “masterpiece” by Rolling Stone Magazine in a FOUR STAR REVIEW, the first single, “Learn How to Love,” has been embraced at radio consistently being one of the top most added song at AAA from week to week.

Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their release with a soulful and anthemic performance of the album’s first single, “Learn How To Love” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno followed by a flurry of positive reviews.  Rolling Stone hailed the album, “a deep soul laced with Indo-slide ecstasy.”  USA Today called the album simply “Outstanding.”  The Boston Herald honored Revelator as their “Album of the Week.”  Others like the Charleston City Paper in Charleston, NC where the band recently performed describe them as “staggering, uplifting, and damn near soul-saving.”

 

Revelator (Sony MASTERWORKS), the long-awaited, song-oriented debut album by the husband-wife team of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks, 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, and introduces the couple’s new, 11-piece ensemble—Tedeschi Trucks Band.

 

A dramatic leap forward for two of the music world’s most dynamic performers,  Revelator is a confident yet unforced triumph offering a cohesive vision: an idyllic, musical world in which the 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.

 

In addition to the combined weight of Tedeschi and Trucks’ equally renowned abilities, Revelator benefits from an impressive circle of talent that the two brought together. Trucks co-produced the album with multi-Grammy-winning engineer Jim Scott, whose genre-bending credits include popular albums by the Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Both Tedeschi and Trucks co-wrote the album’s twelve new songs with an impressive list of experienced songwriters, including Jeff Trott, John Leventhal, David Ryan Harris and Sonya Kitchell; Gary Louris and Oliver Wood—of the Jayhawks and the Wood Brothers, respectively; and old friends like guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Krasno (of Soulive), and band members Mike Mattison, Kofi Burbridge and Oteil Burbridge.

 

Most notably, Revelator features the newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band, an eleven-member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity. 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) have joined forces with a pair of drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, trombonist Saunders Sermons, and harmony singers Mark Rivers and Mike Mattison. (Additionally, Ryan Shaw and David Ryan Harris supplied harmony vocals to various tracks on the album, and Alam Khan adds his masterful sarod playing to “These Walls”.) The fact that this aggregation includes so many musicians related by experience—and blood—clearly adds to the notion of Revelator as a true group album, the product of a musical family.

 

The band will perform “Learn How To Love” on Conan on July 19.

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band is currently on tour, performing the music from the album as well as old favorites. For a list of tour dates and more information please visit www.TedeschiTrucksBand.com.

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