Derek Trucks â€“ Guitar
Susan Tedeschi – Guitar & Vocals
Kofi Burbridge – Keyboards & Flute
Tyler Greenwell – Drums & Percussion
J.J. Johnson – Drums & Percussion
Mike Mattison – Harmony Vocals
Mark Rivers – Harmony Vocals
Kebbi Williams â€“ Saxophone
Maurice Brown â€“ Trumpet
Saunders Sermons â€“ Trombone
Tim Lefebvre â€“ Bass Guitar
Some risks are worth taking. When Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi decided three years ago to dispense with their much-loved individual bands and pool their talents, they had no way of knowing what the public reaction might be to the new hybrid. They found out quickly enough when Revelator, Tedeschi Trucks Bandâ€™s 2011 studio debut, excited their sizable, devoted fan bases and the movers and shakers of the music industry alike, landing TTB both a Best Blues Album Grammy and a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year. Their live followup, Everybodyâ€™s Talkinâ€™â€”documenting what many were already regarding as one of the most superb concert acts around not even two years into their existenceâ€”continued that forward momentum and picked up a Blues Music Award for Best Rock Blues Album (Susan, Derek and TTB itself each took home separate Blues Music Awards in 2012 as well).
Now, with the release of Made Up Mind (Sony Masterworks, August 20, 2013), there isnâ€™t a shred of doubt that Susan Tedeschi, her husband and creative collaborator, Derek Trucks, and their superb bandmates are on to somethingâ€”something very big.
For Derek and Susan, TTBâ€™s strength in numbersâ€”the band presently comprises 11 membersâ€”virtually guaranteed that a wide range of influences would steer the music to new, previously unexplored places. That diversity is evident throughout Made Up Mind. â€œI felt that with the personnel in this band, it was just a matter of time before all of these ideas started leaking out,â€ says Trucks. â€œAs things progress, and as the band grows, I think that is inevitable. But we had a lot of confidence that it was going to be really good right out of the gate.â€
It took a while for that gate to swing open, but it was worth the wait. Derek and Susan didnâ€™t want to rush into things, and paced themselves until they were certain that each musician they brought into the fold was an equal, someone who would elevate the band to new plateaus musically. Today, as the result of carefully building it from scratch, Tedeschi Trucks Band is nothing less than one big happy family, a traveling roots music circus of sorts, roving from town to town and pulling out all the stops along the way, never knowing just what will be the highlight of tonightâ€™s show or which band member will be the one to shine in the next moment. Each member of TTB is a strong enough force to be a bandleader in his own right, but the chemical reaction that takes place when they all come together results in a mighty sound thatâ€™s even greater than the sum of its considerable parts.