Jorma Kaukonen Guests With Tedeschi Trucks Band On This Date In 2016
Five years ago today Tedeschi Trucks Band welcomed Jorma Kaukonen during a concert at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C. The renowned Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist joined the band for covers from Bob Dylan and Bobby “Blue” Bland.
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi would welcome Kaukonen later in a set that kicked off with the Box Tops’ “The Letter.” The TTB’s “Don’t Know What It Means” from their newly released (at the time) album, Let Me Get By, then led into Derek And The Dominoes’ “Keep On Growin’” ahead of the title track to Let Me Get By. The set also included a choice cover of the George Harrison-penned Beatles song “Within You Without You.” The Sgt. Peppers track features classic Indian instruments and Derek Trucks utilized the slide to great effect in giving the TTB version an eastern feel. The Harrison nod also came on what would have been George’s 73rd birthday.
“Within You Without You” then led into Let Me Get By’s “Just As Strange” ahead of “Sticks And Stones.” “Idle Wind” from the band’s 2013 album, Made Up Mind, came next and contained jams with elements of “Sahib Teri Bandi” (a song from The Derek Trucks Band repertoire) by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as well as John Coltrane’s landmark 1965 album A Love Supreme and stretched to over 18 minutes.
Jorma emerged after “Idle Wind” for Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” (a song Susan Tedeschi released solo). After Tedeschi sang a couple verses, Jorma delivered a solo before Susan returned to the third verse ahead of a flute solo from Kofi Burbridge. Kaukonen stayed on for the bluesy, “I Pity The Fool,” which saw a strong vocal performance from Susan before Jorma and Derek traded licks ahead of an extended solo from Kaukonen which he ramped up to a climax and was joined by the horn section before Tedeschi came back in with scorching vocals. TTB would go it alone for the final songs of the set, “I Want More” and “I Cannot Make It.” TTB retook the stage for a two song encore featuring David Bowie’s “It Ain’t Easy” and classic original “Bound For Glory.”
Listen to the entire show below via Opsopcopolis for this edition of Throwback Thursday:
Set: The Letter, Don’t Know What It Means > Keep on Growing > Let Me Get By, It’s So Heavy, Anyhow, Within You Without You > Just As Strange, Sticks and Stones, Idle Wind *> Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright**, I Pity the Fool**, I Want More, I Cannot Make It
Encore: It Ain’t Easy, Bound For Glory
* w/ Sahib Teri Bandi Jam, Drums, and Love Supreme Jam
** w/ Jorma Kaukonen