Tedeschi Trucks Band Welcomes Trey Anastasio For ‘Layla’ Set At LOCKN’ On This Date In 2019
Watch pro-shot video from the set and listen to the 'Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN') live album.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band was joined by special guest guitarists Trey Anastasio of Phish and Doyle Bramhall II for a near-complete performance of Derek & The Dominos’ iconic Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs album on this date in 2019. Anastasio and Bramhall II’s collaboration with the TTB took place at the LOCKN’ festival in Arrington, Virginia.
Anastasio was returning the favor, as he welcomed Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi to guest with the Trey Anastasio Band the previous night at LOCKN’. The TTB played a set of their own on August 24, 2019 before presenting the Layla set with Trey and Doyle.
Audio of the Layla set was released as Layla Revisited (Live at LOCKN’) via Fantasy Records on July 16, 2021. “By the time that I started playing guitar, the sound of Duane Allman’s slide was almost an obsession,” Derek Trucks of Layla when the live album was announced. “His playing on Layla is still one of the high-water marks for me. The spirit, the joy, the recklessness, and the inevitability of it. My dad would play that record for me and my brother to fall asleep to and further sear it into my DNA.”
Check out Andy Kahn’s Layla set recap below:
At the start of set two, Susan Tedeschi led the ensemble through “I Looked Away,” the lead track on Eric Clapton’s landmark 1970 double LP that was recorded with the late Duane Allman. During the Layla set, Derek Trucks played his 1957 Gibson Goldtop guitar that is one serial number away from the ’57 Goldtop played by Allman. Anastasio led the band through “Bell Bottom Blues,” a song he played on his 1999 solo tour. The pair of TTB debuts were followed by the band’s setlist staple “Keep On Growing.” The set progressed through “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” and “I Am Yours” which was sung by keyboardist Gabe Dixon and backing vocalist Mike Mattison.
Mattison shined again on “Anyday” that saw the four guitarists stretching out and trading solos as the song reached a climactic peak. Bramhall was on lead vocal duties on the “Key to the Highway” another of the album’s tunes regularly covered by Tedeschi Trucks Band that again saw Trucks and Anastasio linking up for an extensive stretch. Tedeschi then prompted the start of another TTB standard, “Tell The Truth,” and she was on lead duties for “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?” while Trucks switched to the ’57 Goldtop. The Goldtop stuck around for “Have You Ever Loved a Woman,” but it was Tedeschi’s Gibson that shined brightest on the Freddie King cover, drawing big smiles out of Trey and Derek.
The Goldtop exited ahead of “Little Wing.” The Jimi Hendrix cover was one of many highlights of a highlight-filled set. Mattison gave a heartfelt rendering of “It’s Too Late,” leading up to the set’s finale. The title-track “Layla” was one last avenue for the assembled mass of guitar talent onstage to let rip on a song meant for guitarists to shred through. Trucks’ incredible slide playing was embellished by Trey’s deft fretwork. The final piano notes of the “Layla” coda signaled the end of an unforgettable performance (the brief acoustic album closer “Thorn Tree In The Garden” was left off the setlist but was played over the PA after the show).
Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Trey Anastasio and Doyle Bramhall II each spoke with Relix’s Dean Budnick about the set for a feature that ran on August 18, 2021. Trucks explained the genesis of the performance came out of conversations he had with Anastasio about what Trey would play with the TTB at LOCKN’. “A good friend of mine, Julie Mendelsohn, was there and she was like, ‘What are you going to do?,'” Derek told Dean. “I mentioned what I was thinking about and, after I mentioned the Dominos tunes, a light bulb went off. She was like, ‘You should just do the whole fucking record.’ It seemed like the most obvious, correct thing to do. I went to Sue, immediately, and floated it by her before I asked Trey about it. She was gung ho because that record holds a similar place for her, too.”
Stream Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN’):
Check out a series of pro-shot videos from the Layla set below:
Tedeschi Trucks Band at Infinity Downs Farm
- Signs, High Times
- Do I Look Worried
- Don't Know What It Means
- The Letter
- Get What You Deserve
- Midnight in Harlem
- I Pity the Fool
- I Looked Away
- Bell Bottom Blues
- Keep On Growing
- Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
- I Am Yours
- Key to the Highway
- Tell the Truth
- Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?
- Have You Ever Loved a Woman
- Little Wing
- It's Too Late
- Thorn Tree in the Garden
[Originally Published: August 24, 2020 / Updated: August 24, 2021]