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Tedeschi Trucks Band Show Review

As noted in this journal entry, I went to the RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest last night to catch husband-and-wife team Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks in the Tedeschi Trucks Band. And I was not disappointed.

Finally have a bit of time to write a small review of the show, so here goes.

After going out to dinner at Swiss Chalet for chicken, Kathy, Tom, Angela, and I arrived at the Bluesfest venue in time to catch the tail end of the Carolyn Wonderland performance after getting a decent vantage point to watch the show at 9:00 pm. I rather liked what I heard of her musically, though I'm not that familiar with her stuff. In any event, the 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band took to the stage without a lot of fanfare, the First Couple of the Guitar (as others have dubbed them) announcing their arrival without any preamble with a bluesy version of Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'". This is a piece that is to all intents and purposes a sampler, that tells you this is a mere sample of what's coming. And what was coming was absolutely *good*. The second item in the set list, "Don't Let Me Slide", was a magnificent rendition that brought the horns to full force, and showed the audience (who really got into it, including me) the slide guitar technique of Derek Trucks. Lovely, and nice piece. "Midnight in Harlem" provided the fans with another amazing, hypnotising run from Trucks on the guitar, and I suspect sounded a lot easier than it looks. The intro to "Bound for Glory" had Tedeschi belting out the first couple of verses with her trademark voice, before being joined by the rest of the band for a sort of mini-jam that sounded really terrific. I could go on and on about the show, but I'm not going to.

Overall, I found the show to be well-paced, full of good tunes that had a wonderful, live feel to them, and to be honest, the Rivers Stage was the perfect venue for them, a more laid-back, more sound-friendly part of the Ottawa Bluesfest set-up this year. Yes, there was some sound bleed from the other stages, but it only marred the concert for me a little bit. But the sheer power of Susan Tedeschi's voice and the joy of listening to Derek Trucks playing those marvellous guitar riffs made it all worthwhile.


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Jul. 11th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Hi, John,

You summed up the show with the band last night really well, but I found the sound bleed from the other stages a bit much for my taste. Real problem that Bluesfest has had over the years.

Tedeschi Trucks Band was really good, and I'm glad that you mentioned them to me a while ago, so that we were able to treat you (and ourselves) to this show. Still, would have liked to have seen them in an indoor, somewhat cooler venue myself. Good show nevertheless.

Jul. 11th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
I agree with you about the sound bleed during the concert, though I guess I was just enjoying the music so much that...ah, never mind. :)

I'm glad that you guys decided to treat me to the show, as to be honest, I've been somewhat down in the dumps the last couple of weeks. This was a great mood lifter. Thanks. :)
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