Tedeschi Trucks Band Rocked
The Akron Civic
With The Blues
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Tedeschi Trucks Band
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Derek and Susan
Susan and Derek
February 2, 2022
The Tedeschi Trucks Band rolled into the Akron Civic Theatre Tuesday evening to a nearly sold out crowd. The band features former Allman Brother guitarist, Derek Trucks along with his wife, guitarist and vocalist Susan Tedeschi. The full band includes a three person horn section, three backup singers/musicians, two drummers, a bassist and keyboardist.
Everyone in this twelve piece outfit can play!
At the start of the show, Susan was helped to the center stage by her husband. She told the audience that this was the first time that she had stood up in a couple of days. Noting that he had hurt her knee and it will require surgery, however she was going to power through the show. She did have a chair where she sat down a few times to sing and play to give her knee a rest.
The chair did not detract from her soulful, bluesy voice or her guitar playing at all.
Opening the show with the fun, "The Feeling Music Brings" the band was off and running.
As with any Tedeschi Trucks Band concert, the setlist is sprinkled with cover tunes from artists that have influenced them. The first cover of the night was "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" originally done by the Four Tops.
Susan got to take a rest after the fourth song as background singer Mike Mattison came to the front of the stage to sing Dr. John's "I Walk On Guilded Splinters."
The band showcased Willie Nelson's songwriting ability as they played a fantastic version of "Somebody Pick Up My Pieces."
However, it wasn't all cover songs that were played. Their own tunes such as "Ball and Chain," "Part Of Me" and a rockin' version of "Made My Mind" fit nicely in the set.
This rockin', blues, country, jazz, and gospel show came to a close with Joe Tex's "Show Me."
This band can and will play almost every genre of music and play it expertly.
The nearly 2400 fans who attended this show would agree.
Newcomer, Raye Zaragoza played a very personal set of songs that easily connected with the audience. The singer/songwriter has a very soothing voice. Her storytelling ability made those forty minutes go by quickly.
Review and photos by Greg Drugan