Tedeschi Trucks Band: Revelator (Masterworks)

 |   |  1 min read

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Midnight in Harlem
Tedeschi Trucks Band: Revelator (Masterworks)

Anyone who caught the husband and wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi in New Zealand recently were perhaps familiar with guitarist Trucks' impressive Allman Brothers/Eric Clapton pedigree, but she came as something of a surprise to most.

Looking like what Americans call a "soccer mom", the slight Tedeschi could sing like Bonnie Raitt and sometimes edged as close to Janis Joplin as dammit. It was quite something to hear -- and she seemed to grow physically bigger as the night went on.

A number of songs on this album were essayed on the night (the memorably aching Don't Let Me Slide and the Indo-blues These Walls among them), so this will be essential for those who caught the show. Those who didn't should be equally seduced if soulful blues with a slight Southern country edge is of any appeal.

Midnight in Harlem here is among the standouts, a soul-blues ballad which Tedeschi owns the first half of, and then Trucks takes over for a winding solo. There's also a big band on hand here (11-piece, horns and keyboard players) which give some punchy Southern soul-funk elements. Sort of Muscle Shoals-cum-Allmans, which is a damn fine sound.

And you know the confidence here when they write an original entitled Ball and Chain (sharing its name with the Big Mama Thornton/Janis Joplin classic).

Not everything works (the ballad Until You Remember peaks too early in its six minutes) but from Midnight in Harlem to the earthy and raw Learn How to Love and wah-wah funk on Love Has Something Else to Say (not to mention the quiet Shelter at the end, and the hidden guitar track afterwards) this covers a lot of territory and emotional changes, and confirms these two (and their fellow travelers) are well ahead of the pack.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

Patrick Smith - Jul 18, 2011

Great clip/track. Yes, a little bit of Bonnie in that big, soulful voice.

post a comment

More from this section   Blues articles index

Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues (Universal)

Gregg Allman: Low Country Blues (Universal)

Gregg Allman is as well known for his marriage to Cher in the 70s and battles with drug'n'alcohol as he is for co-founding the seminal Southern blues-rock Allman Brothers Band with his long-gone... > Read more

Oli Brown: Heads I Win Tails You Lose (Ruf/Yellow Eye)

Oli Brown: Heads I Win Tails You Lose (Ruf/Yellow Eye)

The blues goes in cycles of visibility: there were those great days of the late Forties/Fifties in the South and the early Sixties in Chicago; the British blues boom of the early/mid Sixties (John... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

ERSATZ ZEPPELINS IN CONCERTS (2017) The battle of . . . even more

ERSATZ ZEPPELINS IN CONCERTS (2017) The battle of . . . even more

Around the time of the launch of the first Beatles' Anthology collection in '95 – kicked off by the “new” song Free As a Bird – the lonely voices from the balcony became... > Read more

Kurt Cobain: Gun, head and Smithereens.

Kurt Cobain: Gun, head and Smithereens.

As with most people of a "certain age" I can remember where I was when I heard John F Kennedy had been shot ( I was in bed), and when I was told another Kennedy had gone the way of the... > Read more