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National Beat: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Grand Sierra Resort – Reno NV

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band playing at The Grand Sierra Resort, Reno NV


by Nick McCabe - Front Row Photo

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Dass gerade zu Hause angekommen um 2:00AM von Deutschland Ich war ein wenig abgenutzt bis zur Showtime. So richtig müde!
Oh. Sorry…

Having just arrived home at 2:00AM from Germany I was a little tired leading up to show time. Really tired! I only had 5 hours of sleep over two days and had traveled for 27 hours to get home, but I was looking forward to experiencing the Tedeschi Trucks Band. I’d seen Susan Tedeschi play before and heard Derek Trucks, but not live and was very optimistic on what to expect, and I was not disappointed.

Upon arrival at the venue I discovered that I did not have a seat. I had a ticket for the front pit area where there were no seats. Besides being freaking tired I needed to have a place to set my camera down and take notes in order to properly review a show. And I was tired! (Did I already say that?) Fortunately I sat at a table toward the back of the theater to rest my tired bones, and nobody ever came to sit there.

The show was at The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, December 13th. Opening for them was ‘the London Souls’, a very cool sounding trio that brought to mind the sounds of London in the late 60’s and early 70’s, at least to my ears.

The TTB took to the stage at just before 9:30PM and played a generous two hour set of mostly original selections that were absolutely breathtaking. Derek Trucks has an unbelievably light touch to his style while still digging deep into the emotional realm of his music and delivering a top quality performance. I found it interesting that he almost never faced the audience, but spent most of his time facing to his left. Whether he’s uncomfortable on stage, or positioning himself to better conduct his 11 piece band, I don’t know. Susan sings most of the songs and has a beautiful and powerful voice. She is also the point of contact with the audience, both through her singing and her interaction with them.

Together they write some incredible songs and front a fantastic band. Derek spent time in the Allman Brothers Band and that influence comes through in his writing. The TTB has two drummers like the Allman Brothers and several of the songs had the same kind of extended dreamy intro to them, building up to an extended powerful midsection and ending by trailing off into a similarly dreamy extended exit.

All of the band members measured up to the task. All are very accomplished players in their own right. There were several solos by various individuals in the course of the night, and the two backup singers even had their turns fronting songs.

Here is the lineup of the band:
• Derek Trucks – Guitar
• Susan Tedeschi - Guitar & Vocals
• Kofi Burbridge - Keyboards & Flute
• Tyler Greenwell - Drums & Percussion
• J.J. Johnson - Drums & Percussion
• Mike Mattison - Harmony Vocals
• Mark Rivers - Harmony Vocals
• Kebbi Williams – Saxophone
• Maurice Brown – Trumpet
• Saunders Sermons – Trombone
• Tim Lefebvre – Bass Guitar

As the show moved well past midway I found myself closing my eyes and rocking back and forth listening to the music. I fell into a relaxing trance – listening – grooving – and I fell asleep. Not for long, but sleep I did, and it was about time.

…and the beat goes on.
…und der beat geht auf.

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