Make me an angel

The parade of tour buses (Bob Dylan, Band of Horses) in town this week continued May 2 as the Tedeschi Trucks Band took to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

The Grammy-winning blues band sounded tight and well-rehearsed. Derek Trucks shined, his slide work was impeccable all night. Susan Tedeschi was not to be outdone, as her voice mixed well, and sometimes overtook, Trucks’ guitar. At times, the husband-and-wife band leaders played equally stunning solos. Stylistically, Tedeschi’s solos were more on the straight-up bluesy side of the street.

The band broke out at least one new song from their upcoming studio release. Highlights included an Elmore James cover of “The Sky Is Crying” and a fantastic version of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery.” The latter saw Tedeschi take the stage without Trucks — and you could say she stole the show, but how can you steal what’s already yours? During “Montgomery,” Tedeschi owned the whole building. The crowd sang along as she neatly slipped a verse from The Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree” into the song, and then seamlessly back into “Montgomery.”

Catch Tedeschi Trucks Band on tour now until the end of June, and then on their co-headlining tour with The Black Crowes throughout this summer.

All photos by John Zara

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