TicketMOMster review: Tedeschi Trucks Band @ The Burt, June 25 / 2016 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival – Jazz Winnipeg
I LOVE Blues/Rock night at The Burt. Last year Jazz Winnipeg featured Buddy Guy which made me feel a bit like one of those teenybopper girls who screamed for The Beatles. I mean, come on. BUDDY GUY.
This year there wasn’t any screaming on my part, but there sure was clapping and WOOHOO-ing.
I sat in the second half of the first balcony and the words “they were at Folk Fest” flew all around the balcony. So I’m going to assume that’s the reason why this show was sold out. They must have made quite the impression! I didn’t see Tedeschi Trucks’ Folk Fest show, but they certainly made an impression on me tonight.
One-quarter of The Bros. Landreth (Joey Landreth) opened the show and judging from the yelling, he had a rather large fan base at The Burt. Joey was good solo, but it sounded like he was more comfortable playing with his band.
I think there was a sound issue with one of his guitars (bad connection maybe?) and he forgot the lyrics to one of his songs, but he quickly made up for all that with humour and a great voice.
At one point a woman yelled out “Yeah Baby!” to which Joey yelled back “Thanks Mom!” I laughed. I’m not sure if he had a set list as he kept checking his watch to see how much time he had left.
The Bros. Landreth have been on my radar for some time and Joey has whet my appetite for more.
Almost immediately, I knew there was something special about Derek Trucks. Something about his playing clicked with me, and I was locked in through all his solos.
It was almost like I was riding on every note and as they climbed higher and higher, my spirit also climbed higher and higher. The goose bumps on my legs went crazy, I opened my arms and my spirit soared to the top of the theatre. Ok, that sounds insane.
But do you ever get that feeling with music? That feeling when you’re so into whatever the musician is doing that it feels like your chest opens up? You might even sit a little straighter in your seat. That doesn’t happen to me often, but it happened tonight.
And seriously, how bad ass is Susan Tedeschi? She’s got that Bonnie Raitt raspy soulful voice and she can play a mean guitar too? Damn, girl! Susan maintained the goosebumps on my legs with Joe Cocker’s The Letter. Near the end, the back up vocalists put a gospel spin on it. G’ah! So good.
Anyhow had a great hook and Derek’s solo was pure perfection, same with Idle Wind; super tasty. The later song also featured a flute!
The past two bands I’ve seen (Kamasi Washington) have had two drummers playing simultaneously. I’m loving the “conversations” between the drummers played out on their kits; I want more of that.
Susan shone on I Pity The Fool with a fantastic solo that had her face all scrunched up and her feet stomping. Loved the stomping; such emotion, she was workin’ for that solo.
Let Me Get By ended the set and the band came out for crowd favourite Lets Go Get Stoned.
Susan didn’t introduce the band, which I found strange and ordinarily that would really irritate me, but there seemed to be such respect among band members, that it didn’t seem to matter.
Now I’m left with the nagging question, “WHY don’t I own any of their music?” I’m rectifying that…as…I…type…
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