Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have combined forces for a winter outing, touring together as one musical group; Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival. The guitar-slinging couple - married since 2001 - have recorded on each other’s albums and toured together with their respective bands on occasion, but this will mark the first East Coast tour with the two side by side leading one amazing ensemble.
Fans can expect a mixture of material from both artists’ repertoire along with a batch of songs worked up especially for this tour, steeped in blues, roadhouse rock and American roots.
The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival consists of acclaimed slide guitarist Derek Trucks, soulful vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, saxophonist Ron Holloway from Susan’s touring outfit and current members of The Derek Trucks Band; Todd Smallie (bass), Yonrico Scott (drums), Kofi Burbridge (keys & flute) Mike Mattison (vocals), Count M’Butu (percussion). The Soul Stew will also debut Derek’s younger brother, 18 year old Duane Trucks on second drum kit. Duane graduates high school this year and will continue his “education” with older brother and sister-in-law on the road.
Both Tedeschi and Trucks are known for their amazing live performances and along with the impressive individual talents of this band, it promises to deliver a high energy night filled with new and familiar grooves.
Four-time Grammy-nominated singer, guitarist and songwriter Susan Tedeschi has maintained a busy schedule this year in support of her latest critically lauded album Hope and Desire (Verve Forecast). She's won a large and loyal audience for her ability to craft elements of classic blues, rock, R&B, folk and gospel into a distinctly individual style that honors rootsy musical traditions without being subservient to them. Guitar Player declares that "Susan Tedeschi has got the whole package: a sultry and soulful voice, an engaging personality, a broad palette of stylistic influences, and an articulate pen that tells it like it is.”
For Trucks, already a veteran at 27, the tour with Tedeschi caps the busiest years of his career including a recent feature on the cover of the 2007 Rolling Stone ‘New Guitar Gods issue. In 2006, The Derek Trucks Band’s best-selling album to date, Songlines, prompted USA Today to hail Trucks as “possibly this generation's greatest rock guitarist,” while the Wall Street Journal concurred that “he is the most awe-inspiring electric slide guitar player performing today.” The album also spawned Songlines Live, the group's first-ever DVD. Trucks has taken on a number of other roles including a full time member of The Allman Brothers Band (since 1999), and his most recent gig sharing the stage with Eric Clapton as a featured soloist in his band for Clapton’s 2006/2007 world tour.