As we reported earlier, Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks motored down to Brooklyn after last night’s ABB show at the Beacon to sit in with Soulive on an unannounced third set of the second Bowlive IV performance. Our pal Marc Millman was on hand at Brooklyn Bowl and captured this amazing video of Derek and Warren performing Thrill Is Gone with Soulive…
As the lights dimmed and the 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band took the stage, fans had no idea that a storm was brewing on more than one front. Derek Trucks got things started by picking away at the opening riff for Everybody’s Talkin’, the title track from their new live album.
It didn’t take long for Susan Tedeschi to show off her beautiful soulful voice. She belted out verse after verse during Until You Remember. Keyboardist Kofi Burbridge added an organ solo while Trucks flew up and down the fretboard of his Gibson SG with his trusty slide on his finger.
The band kept the energy level high until Shelter took it down a few notches, but the breather was much appreciated. The band used the mid-set Mahjoun to stretch out their jamming muscles. Most of the band left stage with the exception of drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson, bassist Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge and Trucks. The band put together a nice jazzy groove with Kofi swapping keys for a flute. His masterful solo saw him scat singing in between flute notes. Oteil followed up his brothers solo with a bass solo of his own.
Soulive’s annual Bowlive residency at Brooklyn Bowl has become a major highlight of the year for local music fans and this year’s run continued that trend. Last night marked the final performance of the 10-show run, where the NYC-based trio was joined at points by Nigel Hall, Tash Neal of opening act The London Souls, Ledisi, Ryan Zoidis, James Casey, Matthew Owens and Derek Trucks.
For the final night the band took the stage dressed in white as they had asked attendees to do the same for this “Bowlive Whiteout.” The London Souls opened the show leading into two sets from Soulive. Highlights included a Beatles Medley that saw London Souls guitarist Tash Neal lend a hand on I Want You (She’s So Heavy), the Brooklyn Bowl crew springing into action to fix Alan Evans’ bass drum during Up Right, Nigel Hall leading the trio and the horns through Tears For Fears’ Everybody Wants To Rule The World and a cover of Them Changes featuring Neal, Ledisi, Nigel Hall and The Bowlive Horns. Ledisi is no stranger to the the Buddy Miles tune made famous by Band of Gypsys, as she offered her version of the tune as a bonus track on 2009′s Turn Me Loose.
Derek Trucks made his way down from the Beacon on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where the Allman Brothers Band had just finished the second show of their March Madness run, to the Bowl to join Soulive, Ledisi and Nigel Hall for a gorgeous take on Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come that served as the exclamation point on a most memorable set of shows…
Karen Dugan should have a full recap from the finale up on the Royal Family Records Blog soon. Thanks to Karen for the updates from each and every night and thanks to Nick “Phrazz” Fitanides for the amazing photos he’s let us run from most Bowlive III shows. Be sure to follow Phrazz’s Flickr feed for the latest and greatest pics from this talented photog. Also, thanks go out to videographers Marc Millman and MKDevo for sharing their clips of the best moments all run long. Most of all, thanks to Soulive, all their guests, support acts and the Brooklyn Bowl crew for two magical weeks.
Last week a slew of the best blues musicians around descended on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a special concert hosted by President Barack Obama honoring the genre, as a long standing American tradition. The show featured a incredible all-star line-up of musicians from the last 60+ years, with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Trombone Shorty, Warren Haynes, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Keb Mo, Gary Clark Jr. and Shemekia Copeland taking the stage at The White House to perform with the house band that was directed by the legendary Booker T. Jones. The show, which was webcast live, will be broadcast tonight on PBS as a special called Red, White and Blues as part of their ongoing In Performance At The White House series (check your local listings for the exact time and channel).
In anticipation of the two-hour special, whose set list can be seen here, The White House has uploaded a pair of fantastic and intimate backstage performances from HT faves Warren Haynes, who does a solo take on River’s Gonna Rise from his most recent solo effort Man In Motion, and husband and wife tandem Derek Truck and Susan Tedeschi doing an acoustic run through of the blues classic Rollin’ and Tumblin’, a tune that was made famous by Muddy Waters. Let’s check them out..
Pattie Boyd man. How could one woman be the inspiration for so many epic rock songs? We’re talking Bell Bottom Blues (Cover Wars), Wonderful Tonight, Something, and believe it or not – a few others as well. Layla was released in 1970 by Derek & The Dominos on their incredible LP Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. In 1992, Clapton rearranged the tune for MTV Unplugged and took home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. And it keeps going from there, one of Clapton’s arrangements is just a couple of days old, at the bottom of this Cover Wars you’ll see some videos from April 9th’s performance at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. And, if you haven’t seen Goodfellas, well. . .
Duane Allman died less than a year after he lent his legendary slide guitar skills to the original Derek & The Dominos studio take. Thirty-three years after its release, The Allman Brothers Band started covering the song, a nod that some attributed as a tribute to both Duane and the producer of the original record Tom Dowd, who died months before the Allman’s debuted it. Guitarist Warren Haynes handles the vocals. Audio Source: 9-25-2004
Video from 2003:
READ ON for more covers of Layla from the likes of The Charlie Daniels Band, Derek Trucks, Phish, Umphrey’s McGee and Herbie Mann…
While the Tedeschi Trucks Band have succeeded in putting out a fantastic debut LP in Revelator, there’s no doubt that live is where they thrive. The dynamic drumming duo of Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson along with bassist Oteil Burbridge provide deep, in-the-pocket grooves behind Susan’s potent blues-laden vocals and Derek’s otherworldly guitar work. The TTB fill each setlist with tunes from Revelator and covers from the likes of Sly Stone & the Family Stone (Sing a Simple Song), Jimi Hendrix (Manic Depression) and The Meters (Just Kissed My Baby), keeping the audience on their toes.
If you haven’t checked out Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s high-octane 11-piece, you’ll get your chance tonight when the Tedeschi Trucks Band performs Learn How to Love on Conan O’Brien’s TBS show. The group kicked off a two-month tour on Sunday night in Los Angeles that finds them mixing festival appearances at Gathering of the Vibes, The Pittsburgh Blues Festival and the Hot August Blues Festival with headlining shows at storied venues across the country.
As part of our Everybody Wins When We Plug Something And In Return They Offer Us Free Shit To Give Away program, we’ve got a special Tedeschi Trucks Band prize pack for one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment below telling us one cover you’d like to see the TTB play and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of Revelator and a pair of tickets to the Tedeschi Trucks Band show of your choice (non-festival) between the July 30th performance at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA and the September 10th performance at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. You can leave that same cover or a different one on our Facebook wall for a second chance to enter. All entries must be received by Tuesday, July 26th, at 11:59PM EDT. We’ll pick the winner randomly shortly thereafter. Good luck!
It’s been a busy few months for husband and wife band leaders Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks as their Tedeschi Trucks Band project put out a sensational debut album in Revelator last month and have recently returned from a well-received European tour. On Sunday, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will kick off a lengthy tour of the States that brings them to such storied venues as the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, the Tower Theater in Philadelphia and the Beacon in NYC before it wraps up in September.
[TTB member Kebbi Williams teaches Susan flute by Stuart Raper]
To document the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s first trip to Europe, the group enlisted a special correspondent named Stuart Raper, who traveled with the 11-piece band to every stop, to blog about their journey. So far Stuart has posted four entries to TedeschiTrucksBand.com that detail the behind the scenes and onstage action from shows in London, Vienne, Montreux, Stuttgart and Paris. Raper’s blogs don’t just stick to the TTB, he also tells the tales of Derek and Susan’s collaborations with other musicians such as their sit in with B.B. King in London…
Derek and Susan arrived a few days early to go sit in with B.B. King at Royal Albert Hall, much to B.B. and the crowd’s enthusiasm, as well as theirs. B.B. was also joined by Ronnie Wood, Slash, and Mick Hucknall. The next night at Shepherd’s Bush, as Derek tore through Eric Clapton’s “Anyday,” complete with “Blue Sky” tease, Derek proved his skills at paying homage to the greats. Sly Stone’s “Sing A Simple Song” showed off the band’s love of classic funk, and it was during this song a TTB crew member spotted Steve Winwood in the balcony clapping his hands and singing along to the chorus. He surely wasn’t the only one in this packed house that was excited.
The next entry is expected to be about the TTB’s stop in Bonn, Germany where they performed as part of a co-bill with Gregg Allman. We look forward to hearing Stuart’s take on the evening, which included guest spots from both Susan and Derek during Allman’s show-closing set.
After years of appearing on each other’s albums and sharing the stage together when their schedules allowed, the husband and wife tandem of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have decided to put their respective solo bands on hold in order to join forces for a brand new band they’ve simply crowned the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The 11-piece ensemble features an amalgam of talent they’ve hand picked from their respective bands that includes Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, trumpeter Maurice Brown, saxophonist Kebbi Williams, trombonist Saunders Sermons plus Mark Rivers and Mike Mattison on backing vocals.
Live, The Tedeschi Trucks Band has a whole stack of new material to choose from thanks to their debut album Revelator, which hits shelves on June 7. Tedeschi and Trucks teamed up with an impressive array of songwriting talent – Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) and Sonya Kitchell – to co-write the record’s 12 tracks. Last week the Tedeschi Trucks Band made their network television debut when they stopped by the Tonight Show to perform Learn How To Love…
The Tedeschi Trucks band will hit the road tomorrow night for a lengthy world tour that includes a high profile appearance at the Gathering Of The Vibes in Bridgeport, CT on July 22.
I was watching Allen Toussaint’s recording of Austin City Limits and before playing Get Out My Life Woman, Toussaint says,
“This song coming up is a song that I wrote for brother Lee Dorsey many years ago but it was really made popular by another great person, but it’s my most covered song of all songs I’ve written – I’m not sure why…..because ten minutes after I wrote it, I was quite confused.”
And I…I just don’t know what cover he is referring to. It’s been covered by so many major artists, as you’re about to see. I normally like to cap Cover Wars at ten renditions but somehow we ended up with 12 this time around, and that was excluding some legendary takes from the likes of Joe Williams and Jimi Hendrix.
Artist: Ant Trip Ceremony Album: 24 Hours The Skinny: Chances are, if you aren’t familiar with a lot of random psychedelic bands from the 1960′s, you may not have heard of Ant Trip Ceremony, a band formed at Oberlin College with just this one album. In addition to the originals on their 1968 release are this cover and one of Hey Joe.
READ ON for more covers of Allen Toussaint’s Get Out My Life Woman…
Bound For Glory: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Highline Ballroom, April 13
After watching the NYC debut of the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Highline Ballroom I came to the following conclusion: There is absolutely nothing bad I can say about the band. As far as the setlist, we all wished the set was a little longer (110 minutes) and it would have been nice to hear one or two more songs from the new album and perhaps a few from the past albums of the couple whose names make up the band’s moniker.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band contains nine musicians, most of whom have played together in some form or another over the years and several of whom are amongst the best around at their instruments including two skilled guitar players (Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi) who happen to be married and show a level of affection for each other while playing that is truly touching. It doesn’t hurt that one sings with passion (Tedeschi) and the other plays the guitar like he made his own deal with the devil at the crossroads (Trucks).
The drummers (Tyler Greenwell & J.J. Johnson) play in a loose manner that reminds you of those live Motown revues from the ’60s. And to watch them having fun with each other while laying down the backbeat was pure entertainment in itself. The brothers Burbridge round out the core of the band and really help tie the whole project together. Oteil (bass) plays with Derek in The Allman Brothers Band, while Kofi (keyboards) performs with Derek in The Derek Trucks Band. With the inclusion of Mike Mattison and another male vocalist as well as a three-piece horn section (featuring Maurice Brown on trumpet) this is a band more than capable of going from a spacey intro jam to hard-core funk or from classic Motown or Stax styled soul to dirty blues.
While the merits of playing full album shows have their pros and cons, it seems as if the trend is still one that music fans are enthusiastic about. The latest band to throw its hat into the ring is stoner-rock act Queens Of The Stone Age, who have announced that in conjunction with the expanded reissue of its 1998 self-titled debut that the group will play it in its entirety when they head out on the road in May during a tour of Europe. The band, whose members have been concentrating on side-projects over the last handful of years, have also revealed that they will be heading into the studio to record their first album of new material since 2007′s Era Vulgaris.
If you’re not into a night with Josh Homme & Co., than maybe you’ll be interested in hitting one of these recently announced tours…
Finally, as the Allman Brothers Band prepare to return to the Beacon Theatre for a 13-show run next month, the band’s slide-guitar whiz Derek Trucks has announced plans to head out with his wife – Susan Tedeschi. The husband and wife duo, who will be joined on the road by Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, Tyler Greenwell, JJ Johnson, Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers, will play dates both here and abroad, mixing clubs dates along with a handful of festival appearances.
Hey Jude was the B-Side to the 1968 single Revolution by The Beatles. This single was the Beatles first release on the Apple label. Originally titled Hey Jules, the song was written by Paul McCartney in reference to John Lennon’s son Julian. One of my favorite online Beatles resources is Alan W. Pollack’s site, click here to read all the musical (and other) information you would ever want to know about Hey Jude.
Whoops! Looks like we have entered into some type of wormhole because something seems funny about this edition of Last Week’s Sauce. Our President is William Jefferson Clinton and Elian Gonzales has been recently returned to his native Cuba. Gas prices are continuing to rise, we’re currently looking at $1.46 a gallon up 25% from last summer’s average of $1.17. And of course, there is a jamband show on every block. Let’s have a listen in!
[Thanks to kb for this week's photo]
And we continue to take all the selected tracks, normalize them, create some simple fades and put it into one easy to download MP3 for you.
Artist & Title:Derek Trucks Band – Rastaman Chant Date & Venue: 2000-07-16 Pittsburgh Blues Festival – Pittsburgh, PA Taper & Show Download:Unknown
21 year-old guitarist Derek Trucks continues to be a musical force to be reckoned with. Trucks was officially made a member of The Allman Brothers Band last summer and in between playing Red Rocks earlier this month and picking up the second leg of ABB tour now, Derek snuck in a few gigs with his solo band.
Susan Tedeschi joins the Derek Trucks Band for Valentine’s Day earlier this year. Call me crazy but I think she might have a thing for young Derek:
READ ON for tracks from Agents of Good Roots, Billy Bragg, the Disco Biscuits, Living Daylights, Phil Lesh, Phish, SCI, Soulive, Kimock and Ween…
Some two and a half years ago my very first post as a full time HT blogger centered around legendary keyboardist Herbie Hancock, who the night before had unexpectedly took home the Grammy for Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters. Tomorrow, Hancock will release his follow up with The Imagine Project, a covers record that was recorded at different studios around the world and once again features him playing with an all-star line-up of musicians ranging from Dave Matthews to Lisa Hannigan to Jeff Beck, tackling songs from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and more.
The album, which is said to focus on the “central themes of peace and global responsibility”, also features the former Miles Davis sideman teaming up with slide-guitar whiz Derek Trucks, his wife Susan Tedeschi along with their current band on the track Space Captain – originally made famous by Joe Cocker. Luckily the recording sessions were filmed for a companion DVD release, so we can watch these amazing musicians in action. Pay attention about 2/3rds of the way through the soul-infused track as Derek and Herbie lock in for some truly fantastic and inspired off-the-cuff soloing…
Herbie Hancock recently kicked off a lengthy world tour which features a special birthday show at New York’s Carnegie Hall that is being billed as Seven Decades: The Birthday Celebration on June 24, and a second at the Hollywood Bowl on September 1.