Tedeschi Trucks Band | 01.25.17

I’m not sure how Susan Tedeschi holds such a gigantic voice in that tiny little body, but her big, brassy voice was riveting.

Peabody Opera House, St. Louis

Onstage at the Tedeschi Trucks Band concert were two drummers, three backup singers, three horn players, a pianist, a bassist, and three guitar players. Instead of being overwhelming (like a country music ska band), the music they made was orchestral. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are both master musicians, and watching them play together was, quite frankly, completely mesmerizing.

They’re married to each other, and clearly love each other. They were playing to each other and smiling encouragingly at one another. It was wonderful to watch and amazing to hear. I’m not sure how Tedeschi holds such a gigantic voice in that tiny little body, but her big, brassy voice was riveting.

They covered Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” and I saw the man in front of me openly weeping. That’s something else that was notable: the fans. I think they all knew each other. I watched two rows of men file into the Peabody, take their seats, and promptly strike up conversations with those around them. They were so engaged and excited. They were expressing concern for Trucks, who’d lost his uncle, Butch Trucks, earlier in the week. They spoke of Tedeschi and Trucks as if they were family.

When the concert started, though, all conversation stopped. The band was in sync and enjoying the show as much as we were. At one point, a fella in the audience held up an actual lighter and just made my night.

Although they played plenty of originals, the cover of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “The Sky Is Crying” was as noteworthy as it was beautiful. Trucks is as still and calm as a hot summer day; Tedeschi is kinetic, rocking back and forth. They balance each other beautifully. At one point, the bass player played Martin Luther King’s “Mountaintop” speech through the pickup of his bass. I don’t know how he did it, but I know I got goosebumps.

Each of the musicians had a solo moment, including the trumpeter, who came out with a mute and some serious attitude. It was a mini concert inside of the larger show. What a treat.

The music seemed to be half blues and half jazz. Trucks stood like a Norse giant in a trance, barely moving except for his lightning fast fingers. There was no “better musician” on the stage; there was no competition; there was no comparison. There were only two amazing people playing for each other, backed by people who love playing with them. | Melissa Cynova

Photo by Joseph Johnson; view full photo album here.

Tedeschi and Trucks are on tour into summer; U.S. dates are below.

02.23-05 | Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.
02.28 | Charleston Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, WV
03.02-04 | Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
06.08-10 | Merriam Theater, Philadelphia
07.01 | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook | Gilford, NH
07.02 | Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT
07.03 | Saratoga Performing Arts Center, | Saratoga Springs, NY
07.05 | Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
07.08 | Highland Bowl Amphitheater, Rochester, NY
07.09 | Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, Simsbury, CT
07.12 | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
07.14 | The Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
07.15 | Fox Theatre, Atlanta
07.16 | Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
07.19 | Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, Indianapolis
07.21 | PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati
07.22 | The Rose Music Center at The Heights, Huber Heights, OH
07.23 | Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Rochester Hills, MI |
07.25 | Walmart Amphitheatre, Rogers, AR
07.27 | Sandia Casino Amphitheater, Albuquerque
07.29-30 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

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