Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Scrapomatic. Nothing like a healthy rockin’ dose of genuine roadhouse blues to shake off the gloom of a long and very sad week for a few hours. I’ve seen Susan Tedeschi several times now, and am always amazed that this woman with this very soft, bright girly voice can belt out these husky blues songs like she’s channeling Joplin. And when her husband, Derek Trucks, stoically stands in the middle of the stage in his plaid shirt for a guitar slide solo making his red guitar sing like all the rock and blues from across all time is flying out of his fingers, jaws on stage and in the audience alike open in awe, the impossible is possible, unbelievers believe! A newspaper review from last year of the two of them performing together sums it up nicely:
“…the pair work so seamlessly together, that the songs performed – from Etta James, Junior Wells, King Curtis, the Rolling Stones, Blind Willie Johnson and others, took on an ultrasultriness that had men and women, young and old, single and coupled alike swaying sensually to the time… the Soul Stew Revival was served piping hot and with dollops of Southern spice.”
The openers for Tedeschi and Trucks, Scrapomatic, with steel guitar and backwoods bluesy vocals, are a perfect complement to the show, and since I heard them at last year’s revival, have become a favorite on my playlist. All in all, the combination of blues (with trumpet, a downright merciless sax player, and trombone) and rock (we’re talking serious rock and roll here–two full drum kits on stage!), with a little gospel thrown in for good measure, brought smiles to every face in the house. Last night’s show was extra sweet for me when I saw the little girl in front of me, about 10 years old, whipping out some impressive air-guitar solos. Some with the characteristic intensity and concentration of Tedeschi, some definitely in the cool, blond style of Trucks’ slide guitar. How cool is that?