Tedeschi Trucks Band
July 31, 2015 04:45 PM on the Main Stage
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. Their joyful, spontaneous energy, and overflowing musical talent, have helped Tedeschi Trucks Band reach pinnacles of accomplishment that most bands spend a career trying to reach.
In February 2012, TTB’s debut album Revelator — praised as a “4-star masterpiece” by Rolling Stone — won the Grammy for Best Blues Album of the Year, while Trucks himself, along with TTB bandmate Oteil Burbridge, were honored with lifetime Grammys for their membership in The Allman Brothers Band. Following the accolades and in a span of just ten weeks, Derek and Susan were invited to perform at the White House, joining Mick Jagger, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy to celebrate the blues — at the Apollo Theater, joining Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and a host of blues guitar heavyweights in an all-star tribute to bluesman Hubert Sumlin — at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where Trucks helped to posthumously induct blues legend Freddie King — and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, joining Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder and others to celebrate the first annual International Jazz Day.
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A Florida native, Trucks has emerged as one of the most respected guitarists of his generation. With his blend of blues, soul, jazz, rock, and world-music, Trucks pushes the boundaries of slide guitar. Before Tedeschi Trucks Band, he led his own project, The DerekTrucks Band, for over 15 years. While playing as a full member of The Allman Brothers Band for the last 13 years as well as touring with both Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. Most recently, Trucks was voted by a panel of musicians and industry experts #16 of the top 100 Guitarists of All Time (Rolling Stone – November 2011), the youngest person ever to make the list.
Singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi was born in Boston and has always been musically inclined, playing in bands since she was 13. Tedeschi’s knack for combining her passion for American roots music, especially electric blues, Southern soul and black gospel, with an awe-inspiring vocal prowess has resulted in a successful career, series of award-winning recordings (having been nominated for six Grammy awards), and a devoted following. Blessed with an ability to dig deep and deliver powerful R&B belters or wrap her voice around a gentle ballad, Tedeschi is a talented guitarist as well, steeped in the electric blues tradition.
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