The 11-piece juggernaut known as the Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB) begin their co-headlining tour with The Black Crowes and special guests The London Souls this Friday, July 19 in Nashville, Tennessee, and they’ll be hitting a number of New England venues in the upcoming weeks—including the seaside festival Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport on Friday, July 26. Led by dynamic vocalist and guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her guitar virtuoso husband Derek Trucks, TTB release their second full-length studio album, Made Up Mind via Sony Masterworks on August 20.
Now available for pre-order in various bundles, Made Up Mind is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-winning debut Revelator and last year’s scorching live collection, Everybody’s Talkin’. Pre-order customers will receive a free digital download of a previously unreleased bonus studio track and can also enter to win a signed Gibson SG, two tickets and a meet and greet to see TTB at a concert of your choosing. All info can be found here.
Although Tedeschi Trucks Band bears the names of its co-leaders, each of its components—Kofi Burbridge (keyboards, flute), Tyler Greenwell (drums, percussion), J.J. Johnson (drums, percussion), Kebbi Williams (saxophone), Maurice Brown (trumpet), Saunders Sermons (trombone & vocals), Mike Mattison (harmony vocals) and Mark Rivers (harmony vocals)—is operating at full throttle on the album and the stage. TTB is thrilled that Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) will hit the road as bassist for their summer tour dates. As a co-writer and contributor on TTB’s studio albums, Krasno is no stranger to the band and will perform through August 15, except for July 19 through 24, when TTB will be joined by Tim Lefebvre. The band will be on tour for the rest of the year, including a newly announced headlining show at the famed Royal Albert Hall on October 29th with the legendary Mavis Staples. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Co-produced by Jim Scott (Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilco) and Trucks —Made Up Mind was recorded in the band’s home base of Jacksonville at Derek and Susan’s Swamp Raga Studios. Working closely with Scott, who engineered and mixed the album alongside TTB family member Bobby Tis—Trucks’ ever-expanding expertise as a studio production whiz is displayed continually and definitively in the choices he made throughout the sessions. For Trucks, the studio has become another instrument to master, and Made Up Mind leaves no doubt that his skills as a producer now rank right alongside his expertise as a player and songwriter.
Head over to the TTB VEVO channel to check out the “Made Up Mind Studio Series,” where Derek and Susan break down each track on the upcoming album and welcome you into the recording process. A new video for each track will be posted every week leading to the August 20 release date.
Most of the tracks on Made Up Mind were penned by Tedeschi and Trucks with various co-writers—including Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Krasno, Gary Louris, Oliver Wood, Sonya Kitchell and John Leventhal, all of whom also contributed to TTB’s debut Revelator. The maiden single from the album, “Part of Me,” a vocal duet between Susan and trombonist Sermons, stands out as a particular highlight, reminiscent of the classic r & b emanating from the Memphis and Muscle Shoals soul scenes of the 60s and 70s.
Grab a free download of TTB’s “Part of Me” here.
Tedeschi Trucks Band New England Tour Dates:
Jul 26 - Bridgeport, CT – Gathering Of The Vibes
Jul 27 - Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook – With The Black Crowes
Jul 30 - Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion – With The Black Crowes
Jul 31 - Canandaigua, NY – CMAC – With The Black Crowes
Aug 06 - Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion – With The Black Crowes
Aug 07 - Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – With The Black Crowes
Aug 09 - Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center – With The Black Crowes
Aug 10 - Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – With The Black Crowes
Aug 11 - Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center – With The Black Crowes
Sep 19 - Allentown, PA – Miller Symphony Hall
Sep 20 - New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Sep 21 - New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
For more information, visit tedeschitrucksband.com.