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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,, 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.


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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