TTB in the District of Columbia March 03 2023 Words and Photos by Mark Raker
The return of Tedeschi Trucks Band to The Warner Theatre, Washington DC, for their annual six show residency once again affirmed why they are one of the best powerhouse touring bands out there – and have been for years. All of the full capacity shows were marked with their trademark energy, passion, huge guitar licks and slide solos. They exceed every expectation and bring it to the house from all angles – horns, power drums, swooning harmonies. All of that, and then load on Derek Trucks’ super talented leadmanship and Susan Tedeschi’s vocals and blues guitar leads and there’s not much more one could yearn for. And I only was able to attend one of the six shows, Friday nights, March 3rd 2023 show. Barely enough, but definitely happy to get my fix.
Of course Susan Tedeschi’s soulful voice and Derek Trucks’ virtuosic guitar playing are highlights of the show, but everyone in the band stands out at some point in the night, and they all feed of from the bands strong chemistry for a truly unforgettable night.
The setlist drew heavily from their recently released four disc album, I Am The Moon, with the opening five songs in order from Disc I, Crescent – Hear My Dear, Fall In, I Am the Moon, Circles ‘Round The Sun, and Pasaquan. They revisited a few tracks from the album, opening the second set with Somehow and La Di Da, and later playing Take Me As I Am – with a huge rendition of Bell Bottom Blues tucked in. The crowd favorite and sing-along, Lets Go Get Stoned, closed the show.
The band is keenly diverse and engaging, performing a mix of original material and covers of classic blues and rock songs. They are most impressive in their ability to seamlessly blend different genres of music, creating a unique sound that is all their own. For the uninitiated, TTB is an American blues rock and roots rock band formed in 2010. The band is led by husband and wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, who serve as the primary vocalist and guitarist. They are one of the most prominent love stories on stage today and have become one of the most popular and influential bands in the blues and roots rock genres. They have released numerous critically acclaimed albums and have built a dedicated fanbase through their touring and live performances.
They tour extensively, sometimes more than 200 days in a year, and they’ll return to the DC area this Summer with two shows at the beautiful outdoor venue, Wolf Trap Filene Center, in Vienna Virginia, June 27th and 28th.
The band’s recent release, I Am The Moon, is the most ambitious studio project of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s storied career, is comprised of four albums, I.Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, IV. Farewell and four companion films that were released throughout the summer of 2022. I Am The Moon joins an impressive and growing discography that includes Signs (2019), Let Me Get By (2016), Made Up Mind (2013), and the Grammy-winning debut, Revelator (2011) in addition to their live releases, Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN’) featuring Trey Anastasio (2021), the Grammy-nominated film/audio, Live From The Fox Oakland (2017), and 2012’s Everybody’s Talkin’.
This tour’s members consisted of the following line up:
Derek Trucks / Guitar
Susan Tedeschi / Guitar & Vocals
Tyler Greenwell / Drums & Percussion
Isaac Eady / Drums & Percussion
Mike Mattison / Harmony Vocals
Mark Rivers / Harmony Vocals
Alecia Chakour / Harmony Vocals
Kebbi Williams / Saxophone
Elizabeth Lea / Trombone
Ephraim Owens / Trumpet
Brandon Boone / Bass Guitar
Gabe Dixon / Keyboards & Vocals
Taped by Alex Leary:
01. Hear My Dear
02. Fall In
03. I Am the Moon
04. Circles ‘Round The Sun
06. Just Won’t Burn
07. I Can’t Make You Love Me
09. La Di Da
10. Crying Over You
11. Bell Bottom Blues
12. Anyday > Blue Sky
13. Take Me As I Am
14. I Pity The Fool
15. I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)
16. E: Soul Sweet Song
17. E2: Let’s Go Get Stoned
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