This was the first music concert I've been to this year outside of being on the other side of the curtain all summer. The good news is: there is still good music being written and performed in this world. Really amazing, inspirational, virtuosic, Americana music that needs no endorsement or recognition...only attendance. Following the legacy of the Allman Brothers, The Tedeschi Trucks Band is an experience, a happening, a force of nature that enfolds before your ears like a night blooming flower. Under a full moon last night in Paso Robles, California, I was reminded why I am here. Why all of us artists do what we do. To say that Derek is influenced by Duane Allman would be redundant, but Derek has gone farther in my opinion. His style is loud and raucous, but always elegant and beautiful. Susan is a soulful siren and a hell of a player herself standing toe to toe and trading 4s with her husband like a true journeywomen.
The singers are fantastic and their authentic southern church blend recalls Joe Cocker's historic Mad Dogs and Englishman tour while the loose, mardi-gras-style horn section adds historic NOLA roots flavors. Two drummers in the tradition of The Allman Bros Band generate infectious rhythms not capable using drum machines and loops. Also the love connects with the audience. It’s obvious these people are all close friends and enjoy what they are doing. Local opener Jackie Green was also amazing, and his multiple instrument and vocal talent sets him apart and above every contestant you have ever heard on those TV talent shows. Do yourself a big favor. Drag yourself off Facebook and TV and go see this band! Peace.
Kenny Lee Lewis has been a member of the Steve Miller Band for over 33 years. Their 2014 summer tour co-headlining with Journey took the #1 position in top-selling tours according to Billboard Magazine