Unquestionably the most formidable husband/wife team in the history of southern rock and blues music, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have put together a new band which is officially scheduled to hit the road in the spring and summer of 2011 with a studio album soon to follow. The first generation of this new lineup made appearances at some of the most prestigious festivals of last year including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and Japan’s Fuji Rock Fest. In addition, Derek and Susan collaborated with Herbie Hancock on his "Imagine Project," performing with the jazz master at high profile events such as "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," as well as both of his 70th birthday parties held at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Trucks' slide guitar playing is second to none. He has led his own The Derek Trucks Band for over 15 years, has been the slide guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band for more than ten, toured the world with Eric Clapton” and was featured on the cover of the 2007 Rolling Stone “New Guitar Gods” issue. Combine that with Trucks’ 6th studio album release (“Already Free”) debuting at #19 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and it’s no wonder why he is the youngest musician to date to make Rolling Stones list of “Top 100 Guitarists of All Time”.
Tedeschi has risen to fame with multiple Grammy Award nominations. Her powerful singing voice and fearless stage presence have made her one of the most stirring soul and blues musicians of our time. Add her knack for musical truth telling and her commanding guitar playing, and you have an artist who is quickly taking her place as the new generation’s greatest female blues guitar/singer and, perhaps, one of the best ever.
With the added accolade of individual 2010 Grammy Award nominations (The Derek Trucks Band eventually winning in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category with Tedeschi having contributed vocals to the cause), this duo will undoubtedly take the world by storm and are poised to become one of the greatest husband and wife performing duos of all time.
Here's what the press has been saying:
“It's safe to say the chemistry that makes the couple's marriage work is there in spades when they play music together. It didn't take long for the magic in Trucks' fingers and the bluesy soul in Tedeschi's voice to get the picnicking masses on their feet...It's hard to imagine any of the 11 remaining shows topping Trucks and Tedeschi's opening salvo...”
-Salt Lake Tribune
"...two of the best young blues musicians in the world. Tedeschi, whose singing never ceases to amaze, mixed with 'Trucks' jaw-dropping solos left everyone in the crowd--and on the stage-- breathless." -Deseret News
“Derek’s playing is stunning, unlike anything I’d ever heard before.”
"Derek Trucks could very well be the best guitarist of his generation, and his sixth studio disc is his band's most accessible blues-rock set to date."
- Rolling Stone
“The spiritual poise and uncanny vocal fire of Trucks’ solos and slide flourishes are rooted in his deep studies of not just blues but jazz and Indian music.”
–David Fricke, Rolling Stone
“Mr. Trucks is one of the most graceful blues-rock players since Eric Clapton”
-New York Times
“star before he was old enough to drive”
-Rolling Stone cover story “The New Guitar Gods”