Review, Photos & Videos: Tedeschi Trucks Band Brings Wheels Of Soul To Hartford
Words & Images by: Andrew Bruss
Wheels Of Soul :: 07.06.18
XFINITY Theatre :: Hartford, CT
XFINITY Theatre :: Hartford, CT
Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their Wheels Of Soul Tour through Hartford, Connecticut for the first of three shows throughout New England featuring up and coming guitar virtuoso Marcus King and the hard-rocking folk ballads of the Drive-By Truckers.
TTB’s now annual Wheels Of Soul summer tours showcase a pair of acts from their scene that give their audience a solid cross-section of modern American rock. Last summer they took The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna with them, while Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars were along for the ride the year prior. The pairing of The Marcus King Band alongside Drive-By Truckers proved to be an exceptionally inspired billing thanks to the dynamics at play between the up-and-coming King and the road-worn troubadours DBT.
King has a uniquely shrill voice that’s hard to mistake but it’s his ability to shred the blues on guitar like a beast that’s helped his star shine so bright as of late. As if his spot on the tour wasn’t enough of an endorsement, Derek Trucks came out for the last song of King’s set to jam with King. The two axemen traded licks in a way that wasn’t competitive but saw them outdoing each other on every run they took.
Drive-By Truckers started their set off with the first few songs off their latest release, 2016’s American Band, and moseyed through an hour-long set of material that gave a nod to a number of their albums, including a pair of songs from Southern Rock Opera, their double disc concept album touching on the lives of the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
With a three-guitar attack and Southern accents, it’s easy to characterize DBT as a Southern rock act, but wouldn’t be accurate. First and foremost singer/guitarists Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are storytellers through and through. Their music touches on hard life in the rural south, modern race relations, alternative histories of the likes of Sheriff Buford Pusser and songs that at their core are about heartbreak and pain. Their approach to telling stories about American life is part of a lineage that connects them with the likes of John Prine, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger much more than Ronnie Van Zant, Billy Gibbons or John Fogerty.
Tedeschi Trucks Band took the stage well past 10 p.m. and although they weren’t supposed to play more than 90 minutes, they blew well past curfew and it wasn’t even close. Although their setlists don’t vary as much as their more prominent peers on their circuit, the architecture of the band ensures that there’s nothing they can’t do. Two drummers, a horn section, backing vocalists, and a secret weapon in flute playing keyboardists Kofi Burbridge give Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks plenty of options when it comes to musical arrangements. What made the Hartford set extra special was the inclusion of The Allman Brothers Band co-founding drummer Jaimoe as a third drummer for the night.
In addition to original fan favorites like “Do I Look Worried,” “Let Me Get By” and a night ending “Bound for Glory,” TTB traversed a vast swath of musical territory through their use of covers. Playing John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” into the Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree” is always a crowd pleaser and in addition to the Prine and Dead tunes, they covered material by artists ranging from Allen Toussaint, Elmore James, King Records great Joe Tex and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” a song over 100 years old that’s been covered by everyone from John Lee Hooker and Bob Dylan to Gregg Allman and The Avett Brothers. This is what it means for a band to be a living, breathing lesson in the history of American music. Lest they forget the greats across the pond, Blind Faith’s “Had To Cry Today” was a platform for some seriously barn-burning guitar solos.
In light of the fact that TTB tackles funk, soul, rock and R&B, it’s fair to suggest that they’re putting on a show most concertgoers can enjoy in one way or another. Add in the knife-sharp edge of The Marcus King Band and the sweat soaked-narratives belted out by the Drive-By Truckers and your talking about over three hours of live music. These three acts employ a variety of instrumental skill sets singular unto themselves but effective as one part of the greater Wheels Of Soul experience. These acts make for a satisfying groud you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better bang for your buck this summer than the Wheels Of Soul tour.
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Tedeschi Trucks Band at XFINITY Theatre
- All That I Need
- Do I Look Worried
- Don't Know What It Means
- Get Out of My Life, Woman
- Part of Me
- The Sky Is Crying
- Angel From Montgomery
- Had to Cry Today
- Let Me Get By
- Show Me
- Night Time Is the Right Time
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
- Bound for Glory
Drive-By Truckers at XFINITY Theatre
- Surrender Under Protest
- Darkened Flags on the Cusp of Dawn
- Gravity's Gone
- Sink Hole
- Shit Shots Count
- Ronnie and Neil
- Women Without Whiskey
- Southern Accents / Ever South
- Ramon Casiano
- Babies In Cages
- A Ghost to Most
- Let There Be Rock
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