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Jam the blues in Boston with Tedeschi Trucks Band

The local favorites take to the Orpheum Theatre stage for four nights Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

Blues singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi’s debut album, “Better Days,” was released in 1995. Blues guitarist Derek Trucks’ first one, “The Derek Trucks Band,” came out in 1997. They met in 1999, at a show where he was performing as the newest member of the Allman Brothers Band, and she was the opening act. Two years later, they got married.

A decade after that, the Tedeschi Trucks Band played their first gig. Four studio albums and many world tours later, they haven’t stopped. Their current tour has them visiting the Orpheum Theatre for four 7:30 p.m. shows on Nov. 30, and Dec. 1, 3 & 4.


The band’s lineup has changed over the years – initially with 11 players, at one time down to “only” eight, currently numbering 12. And their first album, “Revelator,” was more raucous, or at least raw, than their fourth, “Signs.” But all of the albums have been about the blues (along with some rock, soul, gospel, country, and funk in the mix), and all have featured the sometimes stinging, sometimes sweet, fingerpicked leads of Trucks and the powerful, gravelly voice of Tedeschi.

The band’s reputation for long, tasty jams has earned them a huge following, but those fans are also there because, whether or not there’s riffing going on, quality songs are populating the set lists. So, the four upcoming shows, on a stage filled with a dozen people – on guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and horns, or maybe just singing backup – could include the fiery “Learn How to Love” from “Revelator” or the laid back “I’m Gonna Be There” from “Signs,” or perhaps a cover tune, maybe even their driving rendition of “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?” from their recent live album “Layla Revisited.”

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