Jun. 20, 2012 - Issue #870: Food Trucks
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Everybody's Talkin' about the Tedschi Trucks Band
Fri, Jun 22 (8 pm)
Jubilee Auditorium, $35 – $75
Marking your first anniversary as a band with a Grammy Award win for Best Blues Album of the Year is quite the way to celebrate.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, an 11-piece ensemble led by husband and wife team Derek Trucks, who also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Allman Brothers, and established singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, received the honour for the group's debut album, Revelator.
Now, TTB has dropped its energy-packed sophomore album, Everybody's Talkin', featuring live recordings from the road. The tracks are a blend of originals and covers of rock, R&B and gospel classics led by Trucks' legendary guitar work, Tedeschi's husky yet sweet voice and the instrumentalists that Trucks says have become part of the family.
"We figured this was the time to try it, while we're young enough and have the energy to deal with it," Trucks says of the large ensemble. "It's a serious undertaking on a lot of levels to have a band that big, especially with guys as talented as these guys ... it's a great challenge."
Accepting the challenge has paid off, as TTB continues to ride a wave of momentum and ever-growing recognition for its larger-than-life sound and energetic performances. The shows that were documented on Everbody's Talkin' were from the last three nights of the band's latest tour in Toronto, Washington, DC and Bridgefort, Connecticut. Twelve shows were recorded in all, but Trucks says the last three were when everything started coming together and there was a newfound energy onstage. This kicked the shows up a notch to create the live album he'd envisioned from the beginning.
The resulting recordings form what Trucks calls a hybrid of live and studio recording. The band essentially took its studio on the road to capture top-notch sound paired with the energy of a live show.
"There's certainly that connection between a band that's firing on all cylinders, or an artist on all cylinders and the audience. There's this communal thing that happens in a great show that you really can't capture in the studio," Trucks adds.
Listening back to live recordings can be an unpleasant experience for some artists, since it can expose flaws omitted by the studio, but Trucks says the beauty of an 11-piece band is he can almost tune himself out and just enjoy everything else going on.
"When you're in the middle of a band that big, or really any band, your ears are wide open and you're in it, but it's hard to really step back and appreciate what's going on," he explains. "Going back and listening to the live shows, it made me really appreciate what certain guys were doing, and just the band as a whole a little bit more. In a way, it raised my confidence in what the band is doing, so I enjoyed the process even more than I expected to."
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