After the success of their #1 Blues album, “Revelator” the Tedeschi Trucks Band hit the road, performing non-stop for almost an entire year. Now in 2012, we get a live album from the Tedeschi Trucks Band entitled “Everybody’s Talkin’.” The album was released on May 22 through Sony Masterworks and debuted at #25 on the Billboard Album chart.
The two disc set begins with the title-song, “Everybody’s Talkin’,” which is only one of two songs that fall below the eight-minute mark. The songs on the set are mixed between covers (“Rollin’ and Tumblin’”) and originals (“Bound For Glory) and all of them invite the band to jam with many songs exceeding the ten minute mark. While listening to these great musicians, you wish some of the songs would just keep going and never end, but many of Derek Trucks’ outstanding slide guitar solos begin soft and are sometimes hidden by the quietness of his performing. Almost as if he doesn’t want to steal the spotlight away from anybody.
The band fully comes together on a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight” and the rhythm section and the horns highlight the funk of Wonder’s original in a live setting. The 11-song set closes with the slow, gospel-blues of “Wade In The Water.” Not exactly what I would have expected them to end a live album with, but the song quietly brings this jam to a close.
Recordings for this album were taken from a set of shows performed in October 2011 in Toronto, ON, Washington, D.C. and Bridgeport, CT. The Tedeschi Trucks Band is currently on tour through the end of September. For more information on the new live album, “Everybody’s Talkin'” and for a complete list of tour dates, be sure to check out tedeschitrucksband.com.