Saturday, July 12, 2014

VIDEO REVIEW * Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi & Warren Haynes at the White House

With the President and First Lady occupying the best seats in the house, Trucks, Tedeschi and Haynes performed the blues classic "I'd Rather Go Blind" written by Ellington Jordon and originally sung by Etta James & covered by practically every blues singer in the world.


Warren Haynes is seen comfortably playing rhythm as Derek Trucks displays his incredible slide guitar skills on his Gibson SG. Susan Tedeschi swayed to the music until her turn came to join Haynes on the hauntingly-simple lyrics.

The President and First Lady are glimpsed moving in time to the music and the exchange of lines between Haynes and Tedeschi was the highlight of a truly incredible four minutes and thirty six seconds of sublime blues.

Derek Trucks (born June 8, 1979) became an official member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1999 and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010 with his wife Susan Tedeschi (born November 9, 1970). Warren Haynes lead guitarist with Govt Mule, also plays with the current Allman Brothers Band. However, on January 8 2014, Trucks announced that he and Warren plan to leave the Allman Brothers Band by the end of 2014. ( More on Warren Haynes in another review. )

Nephew of  Butch Trucks ( drummer with the Allman Brothers Band ), Derek’s musical style encompasses several genres – including qawwali music (a genre of music from Pakistan and Eastern India) and he has twice appeared on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Trucks bought his first guitar at a yard sale for $5 at age nine and became a child prodigy who played his first paid performance at age 11. Trucks began playing the guitar using a "slide” because it allowed him to play the guitar despite his small, young hands.  By his 13th birthday Trucks had played alongside Buddy Guy.

In 2006 Trucks began a studio collaboration with JJ Cale & Eric Clapton called “The Road to Escondido” and performed with three bands in 17 different countries that year. Trucks was invited to perform at the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival and after the festival he toured as part of Clapton's band.  An article in the Wall Street Journal described him as "the most awe-inspiring electric slide guitar player performing today.

Susan Tedeschi  born November 9, 1970 met Derek Trucks in New Orleans when she was the opening act on the Allman Brothers Band's 1999 Summer Tour. They married in 2001. They have two children; Charles Khalil Trucks, born in March 2001, is named for saxophonist Charlie Parker, guitarist Charlie Christian, and author Khalil Gibran. Sophia Naima Trucks, born in 2004, takes her unusual middle name from the John Coltrane ballad, which was also the jazz legend's first wife's name. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

She opened for The Rolling Stones in 2003 and played in huge venues, gaining national exposure. Her voice has been described as a blend of Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin who she admits were two of her greatest influences.

If you would like to see more of the Tedeschi Trucks Band * check out the second video below. It is from the Peach Festival 2012 – one & a half hours of blues delight !!
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