Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

They're married, and now their bands are, too

  • Print

When your husband is considered a guitar god, playing next to him isn't as nerve-racking as you might think

"I don't worry about it, I figure they're all watching him anyway," Susan Tedeschi says with a laugh about singing and playing guitar beside her husband Derek Trucks in the Tedeschi Trucks band.

"I can't even play the exact same solo twice, but Derek is so unique; he always changing stuff up. I don't really feel intimidated. We play in different tunings, too. The sky's the limit."

The couple, who have been married since 2001, played in various bands over the years before merging their solo groups together in 2010 to form the 11-member blues/soul/R&B ensemble that earned the a best blues album Grammy Award for its debut, Revelator.

Trucks already had some Grammy success leading his own group, the Derek Trucks Band, and his resume includes membership in the Allman Brothers Band -- his uncle is founding drummer Butch Trucks -- at the age of 20 and a stint in Eric Clapton's band. Last year he was named No. 16 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

By merging their two solo bands, the Jacksonville, Fla. couple have been able to spend more time together, which has been good for their personal and professional relationship, Tedeschi says.

"During the first half of our relationship we weren't together at all; we were parents together, but ultimately we were in four or five different bands. Now it's a different dynamic, but I think it's better. It's helping me understand our relationship better. We're able to communicate together on a daily basis and not just by cellphone time," she says.

The band has been spending a lot of time on the road this year and has dates booked through October in support of the new double disc set, Everybody's Talkin', a live album that shows the band in its natural environment.

The group will show the Winnipeg Folk Festival crowd what it can do in a live setting when the Tedeschi Trucks Band makes it local debut tonight and headlines the mainstage following sets by Junior Brown, Beth Orton, Matt Andersen and Sidi Touré.

"The first record, Revelator, is a great record, a beautiful record, but there are not tons of solos or a representation of the way the band is live, so we thought it would be great to show the growth of the band, the energy of the band," Tedeschi says.

"This band is really amazing, too. There's 11 people and every one of them could be a band leader. Everyone can write and sing. I think it gives us more freedom and an opportunity to go where (the song) has to go. It doesn't have to be blues or a soul tune, it can bet a left hook, an African breakdown or a jazz hook."

The new album is just one of a number of highlights for the group this year.

Two weeks after winning the Grammy Award in March, the band was invited to the White House to play a blues celebration dubbed Red, White and Blues with the likes of Mick Jagger, Booker T Jones, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Keb Mo and Gary Clark Jr.

"It was a thrill. Mick (Jagger) asked me to sing with him. I used to tour with the Stones years ago. He was so cute; he came up and said, 'Do you remember when you would tour with me?' I said, 'I was going to ask you if you remembered me?'" she says.

She devoted her soulful voice to Miss You and paid tribute to Etta James.

If that wasn't enough, she and Trucks were invited to perform at the Apollo Theater in Harlem as part of a lineup with Eric Clapton and Keith Richards at a tribute show for the late Hubert Sumlin and performed with Steve Wonder and Herbie Hancock as part of an International Jazz Day Show at the United Nations.

"I told Derek if this is the end of the world, I'm all in. So far so good. Keep it coming," Tedeschi says.

rob.williams@freepress.mb.ca

 

Mainstage Schedule

 

Friday

 

Sidi Touré, 6 p.m.

Matt Andersen, 7:10 p.m.

Beth Orton, 8:20 p.m.

Junior Brown, 9:30 p.m.

Tedeschi Trucks Band, 10:40 p.m.

 

Big Blue @ Night Schedule

Friday

 

Chic Gamine, 7:30 p.m.

Emmanuel Jal, 9 p.m.

Besh O Drom, 10:45 p.m.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2012 D6

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Can Steeves or Bowman catch Wasylycia-Leis?

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press.  Local- (Standup Photo). Watcher in the woods. A young deer peers from the forest while eating leaves by Cricket Drive in Assiniboine Park. A group of eight deer were seen in the park. 060508.
  • A Canada goose makes takes flight on Wilkes Ave Friday afternoon- See Bryksa’s 30 Day goose a day challenge- Day 09- May 11, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should panhandling at intersections be banned?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google