The Tedeschi and Trucks Band came into existence in 2010 when the Susan Tedeschi Band and the Derek Trucks Band merged and combined their names as well as their talents. They both had successful bands of their own before they merged but after touring together for three years in 2007 as the Soul Stew Revival. They won a Grammy for Revelator, their first release in 2011. Since they joined forces they have released a multitude of albums.
10. “Part of Me”
“Part of Me” is a snappy upbeat song that sounds like it has an Allman Brother’s riff inserted into a gospel wailing rhythm that would feel at home in the New Orleans blues scene from 2013’s Made Up Mind.
9. “Midnight In Harlem”
“Midnight In Harlem” is from their first album in 2011. The song was written by Derek Trucks and harmony singer Mike Mattison for Revelator and it gives Trucks a chance to perform some get down slide guitar work along with some great harmony singing on Mattison and company.
8. “Everybody’s Talkin’”
Everybody’s Talkin is the Tedeschi and Trucks Band’s first live album recorded in 2012 at music halls on the North East Coast of America and Canada. It’s a rhythmic romp ala from Harry Nillson’s “Midnight Cowboy” theme song with a Bill Withers solid beat to accompany the two guitars with the rest of the band playing in time to the beat of the bass drum.
7. “Darling Be Home Soon”
Some bands are able to use covers to their advantage and Tedeschi Trucks Band is one of them. Once again, Everybody’s Talkin’, the live album from 2012 contains a killer cover of “The Lovin Spoonful’s” John Sebastian composition, “Darling Be Home Soon.” I Love the way that they can make a cover their own with Susan Tedeschi’s lilting voice and Derek Trucks’ mellow to frenzied guitar solo.
6. “Let Me Get By”
The title song from 2016’s Let Me Get By is a magnificent jam session with a jazzy sound to it as the entire band puts in a stellar performance on an original composition. The lyric begins by plugging into Dylan’s timeless zeitgeist with “I told you that the times they are a changing” to the “Senators and congressmen blocking up the halls.”
5. “Made Up Mind”
Once again the title song is one of the best on the 2013 album Made Up Mind as it should be. A driving guitar-driven rhythm draws you in as Tedeschi sings “I got a made up mind” like a banshee to Derek’s passionately driving guitar strokes.
“Anyhow” comes from the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s third studio album from 2016, Let Me Get By once again. It’s a song of surrender performed in a style reminiscent of early “Chicago” with Trucks and Tedeschi replacing Terry Kath and Peter Cetera.
3. “Bound For Glory”
Revelator was the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s first release in 2011 after both the Derek Trucks Band and the Susan Tedeschi Band combined into one as a married couple. Woodie Guthrie’s song and biography are reflected in the title even though this is an original composition by the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
2. “They Don’t Shine”
Signs in 2019 produced “They Don’t Shine,” a driving rhythmic number that has a lot of good guitar breaks along with some really tight harmonizing.
“Shame” is from the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2019 Signs release and is ecological in subject matter and shakes a finger at humanity for its negligent abuse of the planet. The live version is twice as long as the studio version and provides ample opportunity for Trucks to jam as Tedeschi takes the role of torch singer.