Tedeschi Trucks Band Holds A Music Revival And Brings Out “The London Souls”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - by Mark Herndon

Chattanooga OnStage started a revival and fireed up the music scene by bring to the stage “Tedeschi Trucks Band”, more commonly recognized as husband and wife duo, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi with a stage full of talented musicians. 

On tour after a brilliantly-crafted 2013 release “Made Up Mind” which is a follow-up to their 2011 release “Revelator”.  You can check these and others out on iTunes and YouTube. 

The raspy and soulful voice of Susan mixed both dueling husband Derek as the best guitar slingers in town. Susan held her own as Derek eased into his signature slides making his guitar respond to every chord Susan fired back. I lost count of the standing ovations and applauds for the cheering sections all over the building.  The 11-piece band pulled so much quality and balance capitalizing on individual talents from the vocals, horns, flute, keyboard and the double drums set.

The 15-song set list from the 11-piece band was strong as many were familiar songs, Don’t Let Me Slide, Don’t Miss Me, Part of Me, Made Up Mind, It’s So Heavy, Palace of the King, Do I Look Worried?, All That I Need, Nobody’s Free, Come See About Me, The Sky Is Crying, Midnight in Harlem, Bound for Glory, Love Has Something Else to Say, Space Captain (more familiar as a Joe Cocker cover)  Impressive, huh?  

Well, if I could have made one more request, my favorite is “Hurt So Bad” as I recollect the passion and feeling as Susan ripped out her heart when singing this song. A couple of local bands (Queen B and The Well Strung Band, as well as the band Standing Room Only, a/k/a SRO) covered several of Tedeschi Trucks Band material.

The night was visited by many local musicians, artists and fans for a sense of reviving their musical souls.  The house of Tivoli was packed with tuned ears as the opening with a New York City-based band “The London Souls” took every bit of their 45 minutes to stretch all the best of their material.  They did not disappoint, as many fans stopped at their merchandise table for a copy of their latest CD. 

The rising and soulful three piece balance trio with the obvious influences of those who remember the 60s and 70s British flavor of rocker such as Cream and Led Zeppelin.  I heard a touch of The Who, with a weeping cry of Jimi Hendrix as the boy (Chris) was shredding and ripping the strings off of his blazing Gibson.  

The band’s somewhat retro look as Tash adds not just the beat but also the vocals from his drum set. The photos share the experience, but you will have to find their tunes to get the real thing just in case your excuses caused your absence to another great night of entertainment in the scenic city.   

The night was right for music and “The London Souls” set the stage for the best performance of the Tedeschi Truck Band on their world tour stop in Chattanooga. I am convinced the watchful eyes and all hearing musical ears of Riverbend Festival, Nightfall and Track 29 will keep both bands on the radar screen.

Check out the following links for more information and photos - The London Souls on the web at http://www.thelondonsouls.com/ and Tedeschi Trucks Band at http://www.tedeschitrucksband.com/ and more photo coverage on Chattanooga OnStage at https://www.facebook.com/ChattOnStage  and Lasting Visions Studio https://www.facebook.com/LastingVisionStudio

Mark A Herndon, CPG (m.a.herndon@comcast.net)
Professional Photographer

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