Show a triumph as band hits stride
Derek and the Dominos’ “Anyday’’ is as good a measure as any to judge the Tedeschi Trucks Band. After all, Derek Trucks has performed the song with original Domino Eric Clapton, taken it into his Derek Trucks Band, and covered the tune with the Allman Brothers Band.
When his current project - an 11-piece behemoth of a band co-fronted with his wife, Susan Tedeschi - dove into “Anyday’’ yesterday at the
The two-hour show by the Tedeschi Trucks Band was a triumph on many levels. Those feeling that the debut album “Revelator’’ was tepid were schooled via fiery arrangements of that material. Most of the show came from “Revelator,’’ with Tedeschi delivering resplendent vocals alongside her husband’s bold and imaginative guitar work.
This band, a year or so in the making, is hitting its stride, as solos and jams flowed effortlessly within the ensemble. When Trucks broke a string, bassist Burbridge stepped in with a solo as if nothing were amiss.
But more than jam, this band has great tunes. The opening sequence of “Don’t Let Me Slide’’ and “Midnight in Harlem’’ displayed a matured, potent dose of songcraft that is as key to the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s allure as its instrumental acumen.
This band also has fun. With fierce guitar work and singing, Tedeschi stole the spotlight during a romp through Bobby Blue Bland’s “That Did It.’’ A closing run through Sly Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song’’ and “Take You Higher’’ were funky fun.
Steve Earle and Allison Moorer were the opening husband-wife combo, playing haunted, provocative country tunes with their crack Dukes and Duchesses band.
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