The Tedeschi Trucks Band delights at the Pavilion

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Local gal Susan Tedeschi has a new project with husband Derek Trucks that they have appropriately titled the Tedeschi Trucks Band. They paid a visit to the Bank of America Pavilion on Wednesday night, delivering two hours of delightful blues-rock.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band attracts an older, laidback crowd who took the show in from their seats, however, the group’s performances would draw fans on their feet for ovations throughout the night. The most common factor for the standing o’s was Derek Trucks’ incredible soloing, often starting slowly then building up with a brilliant exhibition of fretwork. Trucks was especially entertaining working the entire neck of the guitar on “Midnight in Harlem” and playing so hard that he broke a string on “Coming Home”.

The Jacksonville-based group has a family feel to it. Tedeschi and Trucks have been married for ten years while brothers Oteil Burbridge and Kofi Burbridge provide bass and keyboards respectively. The seven other musicians who make up the band are like an extended family, having played in both of the married couple’s solo groups. They’re currently touring behind their debut album Revelator from which much of the bluesy set was drawn. The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s style of blues is upbeat with a jam band approach as Trucks’ Allman Brothers influence creeps into much of their material. They broke away from the blues for a bit to close out the main set with a medley of another family band, doing Sly and the Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song” and “I Want to Take You Higher”. Backup singer Mike Mattison, who is the lead vocalist for The Derek Trucks Band, especially shined hitting the high notes on the latter. Mattison also contributed to Revelator, writing the single “Midnight in Harlem”. Fellow backup singer Mark Rivers got his time in the spotlight as well, taking the vocals on his contribution, the ballad “Shelter”.

The talent in this band certainly doesn’t stop at the co-founders. Drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson entertained with several drum solos, Burbridge stepped up nicely during “Coming Home” with a bass solo while Trucks was waiting for a replacement guitar, and the trio of Kebbi Williams, Maurice Brown, and Saunders Sermons spiced up many numbers not only with their horns but their dance moves as well.

Although Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks have found plenty of success on their own, they’ve shifted their focus to the Tedeschi Trucks Band and currently halted their solo careers. With the way that their combined effort comes together that sounds like a good idea.

Special guest Steve Earle & The Dukes opened the show as they tour in support of, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, which was released this past Spring. Earle, who’s a bit of a renaissance man acting and writing recently as well, proved that he’s still a musician first and foremost with an enjoyable set of country and folk.

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