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Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 11-piece ensemble led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have proven themselves one of the hottest, most uplifting acts on the road today. Formed in 2010 when Derek and Susan decided to set aside their successful solo careers and join forces, Tedeschi Trucks Band has since been touring the globe - and accruing fans and accolades in the process. Fronted by Trucks' signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi's pliant, honey-to-husky voice, TTB -- as their fans know them -- delivers a hearty roots-rich musical mix with the power to renew faith in live music.

From the moment Trucks and Tedeschi first met during a 1999 Allman Brothers tour (Tedeschi opened and Trucks was in his first year as co-lead guitarist), the personal and musical synergy between this prolific duo was clear. Heavily steeped in the blues tradition, both share influences ranging from rock and gospel to jazz and World music. They married in 2001 and began a family in Trucks' hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, while also continuing to develop their own musical styles and solo careers. The two have guested on each other’s albums, toured together intermittently, and even found themselves nominated in 1999 for Grammy awards in the same category with their individual bands. But by early 2010, with two children in grade school and both of their careers in full swing, they decided to put their individual musical projects on hold and devote themselves to a new joint ensemble. As Trucks described, the idea was to create a “collective that will allow everyone in the band a chance to shine.”

A year-and-a-half process followed, during which Trucks and Tedeschi minimized their live commitments to such high profile events as Eric Clapton’s Crossroads, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Fuji Rock Festival, and a noteworthy collaboration with legendary jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock. The couple’s primary focus through most of 2010 held fast to the goals of assembling a new band and writing new material that would and recording an album of performances true to their new musical approach.

The result was Tedeschi Trucks Band - an 11-member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity that includes harmony singers Mike Mattison 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), a pair of drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, as well as trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and trombonist Saunders Sermons.

Tedeschi Trucks Band debuted big with their inaugural album Revelator in 2011, which earned the band the Grammy for Best Blues Album. It also helped them dominate the Blues Music Awards - where they won not only Album of the Year, but also took home trophies for Band of the Year, Gibson Guitar Award (Derek) and Contemporary Blues Female Artist (Susan). True to Trucks promise, the album delivers a collection of blues-dipped rockers and heart stirring ballads in which the echoes of so many great traditions—Delta blues and Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk—flow 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 Today, Revelator broke into the Billboard Top 200 chart at #12, bringing both artists to their highest first week sales and charting of their careers.

Eagerly anticipated by fans, Everybody's Talkin' debuted in the top 25 of Billboard's top albums chart and has maintained a top 3 position on the best-selling blues albums chart since its release. It has also received rave reviews from critics across the globe. Called "one of the truly great live rock albums" by the Sydney Morning Herald, the extended recordings offer a closer look into the expansive talent of the band and deliver "a revved-up intensity hard to elicit in a studio setting." (MSN)

Performing on: Thursday, 21 March 2013

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