Tedeschi Trucks Band in Chicago

August 25, 2011

Chicago Theatre

I had not received a copy of the new record yet, nor had I heard a song off of it.  Sometimes, that is the best way to see a show – when you don’t know what is coming next.

I am familiar with  Susan’s and Derek’s work separately so I had a good feeling it would be a stellar project. From the first note till the end of their encore, I was carried back to a time before LED walls, before laser lights and pyro, when all that was on stage were musicians and their gear.

People were dancing in the aisles, applauding after each amazing solo, and completely enjoying being a part of the music coming off the stage.  After almost every song, a standing ovation.   I loved every minute of this show.  I used to play drums in a Big Band and absolutely fed off the other 13 musicians on stage.  (I hope to do that again someday.)

For now, I have been recharged by the musical energy put out by Tedeschi Trucks Band.  3 horns, 2 drummers, 2 background singers, keys, bass, and two of the nicest Blues artists to front this powerhouse group.  Susan always takes command of her Beta 58A vocal mic and both her’s and Derek’s guitar cabinets were double miked with an SM27 and SM57 combo.

After the show, I had a chance to chat with Derek and Susan.  I made sure to let them know that they need to video record this show for release.  I would be the first one in line to grab a copy!

Here is a link to the rest of their tour dates.  Do yourself a favor and order tickets NOW if they are coming to your town.  If not, it’s time for a road trip.  I have a feeling this group will last for quite a while because it’s SO good and timeless!

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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