Monday, October 31, 2016

Concert Review: The Tedeschi Trucks Band Bring Their Soulful Blues To Mohegan Sun

Husband and wife duo, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have a combined experience of over forty years in the music industry. Derek Trucks is a guitar prodigy that started his own band, The Derek Trucks Band, at age 20 and became a full-time member of The Allman Brothers Band at age 23. Susan Tedeschi, a soulful blues singer and guitarist, started her own band, the Susan Tedeschi Band, at age 23. The two met while Tedeschi's band opened for The Allman Brothers Band in 1999. They married two years later and began the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010.
 
They have released three albums, all cracking the top 20 on the album charts and have gathered a dedicated following at their live shows. Tedeschi and Trucks, along with their 10-piece band, returned to Mohegan Sun Sunday night to perform in the arena. With no opening act, the band strolled on stage to a roaring applause for the audience. After a quick tune-up, the band led off the night with "Laugh About It" from the their most recent studio album "Let Me Get By." Trucks highlighted the song with an amazing slide guitar solo as he would lead the band during their performances of "Don't Know What It Means" and "Keep On Growing." Tedeschi's soulful vocals soared on a bluesy rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Bird On A Wire," followed by a well-deserved standing ovation.
 
Her solo performance of "Angel From Montgomery" brought up comparison to the great Bonnie Raitt, before transitioning into the Grateful Dead's "Sugaree." After receiving a well-deserved standing ovation, the entire band returned to the stage for a 12-minute cover of Allen Toussaint's "Get Out My Life Woman." The entire floor got up to dance to the swinging groove of "Made Up Mind" and Susan Tedeschi showcased her guitar skills on the B.B. King classic "How Blue Can You Get."
 
The Tedeschi Trucks Band had to improvise during their solo of "I Want More" as guitarist Derek Trucks broke a string on his guitar. Not before long he re-joined the rest of the band and led them into a fiery version of Santana's "Soul Sacrifice," which closed out their main set. 
 
After short break, the band returned to the stage for their encore performance of Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned." Each of the back-up singers sang a verse and by the end of the song, the audience was singing along to the chorus. As two hours seemed to fly by, their fans were more than pleased with another great live performance from the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
 
Tedeschi Trucks Band Setlist: Laugh About It, Don't Know What It Means, Keep On Growing, Within You Without You>Just As Strange, Bird On A Wire, I Wish I Knew (How I Would Feel To Be Free), Let Me Get By, Angel From Montgomery>Sugeree, Get Out My Life Woman, Bound For Glory, Made Up Mind, How Blue Can You Get, I Want More>Soul Sacrifice
Encore: Let's Go Get Stoned

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