Imagine that one of Rolling Stone's top 100 guitarists of all time married a rock/blues singer who has been nominated for multiple grammy awards. Imagine that after years of nurturing successful careers on their own that they worked together on an amazing project. Stop imagining:
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedechi have formed the Tedechi Trucks Band. It's an incredible union.
I love the sense of joy I feel from the music on Revelator, the Tedechi Trucks Band's joint venture. Independently, both Tedechi and Trucks work with terrific musicians. Just because two headliners, who happen to be married to each other, got excited about a joint project didn't mean that the members of each of their bands would share that excitement. The question of how well all of these musicians would collaborate begged to be asked. Fortunately, everyone involved in this project seems to be having a terrific time making great music. Gary Louris of The Jayhawks (one of my and Fletcher's favorite bands) wrote several of the best songs on the album and I'm delighted to report that the Tedechi Trucks Band does beautiful justice to his writing. It doesn't get much better than this.
I first became aware of Derek Trucks several years ago when I attended the World Guitar Congress at Towson University in 2004. In front of an audience of serious guitar mavens, Derek Trucks and his band put on a show that literally had several members of the audience bowing down in homage to them.
Derek Trucks was born in 1979. His uncle, Butch Trucks is a drummer and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band. Derek starting playing the guitar at age 9 and by the age of 12 was sitting in with his uncle Derek's band. Derek formed his own band in 1994. Derek met Susan Tedechi in 1999.
Susan Tedechi was born in 1970. She graduated from the Berkelee College of Music at age 20 and formed her own band in 1994. She and Derek married in 2001 and they have two children.
While it is quite a feat in itself that two rock musicians have maintained a marriage for 10 years it is even more impressive that they have been able to let go of their egos to produce such a fine album together. My co-blogger Fletcher saw the Tedechi Trucks Band this summer in Baltimore. Fletcher reports that "they slayed the audience. They had their audience from their first song". I hope they continue to collaborate on future projects.
Elsewhere in the music world, there are two new releases that both Fletcher and I are both excited about:
Wilco: The Whole Love
The Jayhawks: Mockingbird Time