|Tedeschi Trucks Band — Revelator (2011)|
Tedeschi Trucks Band — Revelator
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Album release: June 7, 2011
Record Label: Sony Masterworks
♦ The album won Grammy Award for Best Blues Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.
01. "Come See About Me" Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi/Tyler Greenwell/Mike Mattison/Theodore Pecchio 3:48
02. "Don’t Let Me Slide" Gary Michael Louris/Susan Tedeschi/Derek Trucks 5:04
03. "Midnight in Harlem" Mike Mattison/Derek Trucks 5:52
04. "Bound for Glory" Mike Mattison/Susan Tedeschi/Derek Trucks 5:28
05. "Simple Things" Gary Michael Louris/Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi 4:43
06. "Until You Remember" John Leventhal/Susan Tedeschi/Derek Trucks 6:11
07. "Ball and Chain" Susan Tedeschi/Derek Trucks/Oliver Wood 3:58
08. "These Walls" Eric Krasno/Sonya Kitchell/Derek Trucks 6:01
09. "Learn How to Love" Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi/Eric Krasno/Adam Deitch/Adam Smirnoff 4:23
10. "Shrimp and Grits (Interlude) [instrumental]" Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi/Oteil Burbridge/Kofi Burbridge/Tyler Greenwell/J. J. Johnson 1:45
11. "Love Has Something Else to Say" Oteil Burbridge/Derek Trucks/Doyle Bramhall II/Mike Mattison 5:55
12. "Shelter" David Ryan Harris/Susan Tedeschi/Derek Trucks 4:20
13. "Ghost Light (hidden track) [instrumental]" Derek Trucks/Oteil Burbridge/Kofi Burbridge/Tyler Greenwell/J. J. Johnson 3:38
♦ Derek Trucks — lead guitar
♦ Susan Tedeschi — lead vocals, rhythm guitar
♦ Oteil Burbridge — bass guitar
♦ Kofi Burbridge — keyboards, flute
♦ Tyler Greenwell — drums, percussion
♦ J. J. Johnson — drums, percussion
♦ Mike Mattison — harmony vocals
♦ Mark Rivers — harmony vocals
♦ Kebbi Williams — saxophone
♦ Maurice Brown — trumpet
♦ Saunders Sermons — trombone
♦ Oliver Wood — guitar and vocals
♦ David Ryan Harris — guitar and vocals
♦ Ryan Shaw — harmony vocals
♦ Eric Krasno — acoustic guitar
♦ Alam Khan — sarod
♦ Salar Nader — tabla
♦ Producers — Jim Scott and Derek Trucks
♦ Engineers — Jim Scott and Bobby Tis
♦ Additional Engineer — Kevin Dean
♦ Mixing — Jim Scott
♦ Mastering — Bob Ludwig
♦ Art Direction — Josh Cheuse
♦ Photography — James Minchin
♦ Revelator is the long–awaited, song–oriented debut album by the husband–wife team of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks. Filled with smoky, blues–dipped rockers and heart–stilling ballads that show off, respectively, the gutsier and softer side of Tedeschi’s vocal ability, plus a series of emotive, story–telling solos shaped by Trucks's uncanny agility on slide–guitar, Revelator also serves to introduce the couple s new, 11–piece ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band.
♦ A dramatic leap forward for two of the music world’s most dynamic performers, Revelator is a confident yet unforced triumph offering a cohesive vision: an idyllic, musical world in which the echoes of so many great traditions Delta blues and Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk organically flow together, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility.
♦ In addition to the combined weight of Tedeschi and Trucks's equally renowned abilities, Revelator benefits from an impressive circle of talent that the two brought together. Trucks co–produced the album with multi–Grammy–winning engineer Jim Scott, whose genre–bending credits include popular albums by the Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Both Tedeschi and Trucks co–wrote the album’s twelve new songs with an impressive list of experienced songwriters, including Jeff Trott, John Leventhal, David Ryan Harris and Sonya Kitchell; Gary Louris and Oliver Wood of the Jayhawks and the Wood Brothers, respectively; and old friends like guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Eric Krasno (of Soulive), and band members Mike Mattison, Kofi Burbridge and Oteil Burbridge.
♦ Most notably, Revelator features the newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band, an eleven-member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity. Brothers Oteil Burbridge (noted for his years as bassist with the Allman Brothers Band) and Kofi Burbridge (longtime keyboardist/flutist with The Derek Trucks Band) have joined forces with a pair of drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, trombonist Saunders Sermons, and harmony singers Mark Rivers and Mike Mattison. (Additionally, Ryan Shaw and David Ryan Harris supplied harmony vocals to various tracks on the album, and Alam Khan adds his masterful sarod playing to "These Walls".) The fact that this aggregation includes so many musicians related by experience and blood clearly adds to the notion of Revelator as a true group album, the product of a musical family. — This text refers to the Vinyl edition.
♦ As husband–wife couples go in the world of music, it is a challenge to find a duo as well–fitted and naturally prolific as that of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks. They are both heavily steeped in the blues tradition, yet open to far–ranging influences including rock, gospel, jazz and World music. Each has produced recordings that share a sensibility best described as a swampy mix of rootsy, rockin’ American music. The two have guested on each other’s albums, toured together intermittently, and last year they each received individual Grammy nominations in the category of “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for their 2009 albums, Tedeschi for Back To The River and Trucks for Already Free (which he won). As well, they often perform together with the Allman Brothers Band — with whom Trucks continues to play as co–lead guitarist.
♦ In fact, it was during an Allman Brothers tour in 1999 that the two first met. They fell in love, married in 2001, and began a family in Trucks’s hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. By early 2010, with two children in grade school and both of their careers in full–swing, they made a vow to put their individual musical projects on hold and devote themselves to a new joint ensemble they would co–lead, what Trucks then described as a “collective that will allow everyone in the band a chance to shine. We’re not sure yet what it will sound like exactly — we’re just going to let it come together and not force a vision on it.”
♦ Trucks recalls stepping into the process but with no set deadline in mind. “We spent a whole year putting a band together with different lineups, different approaches, different mindsets, and during the same time began songwriting. After about six months we had over 30 songs to choose from.”
♦ The newly formed Tedeschi Trucks Band is an eleven–member ensemble overflowing with talent and musical familiarity. Harmony singers Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers have joined forces with brothers Oteil Burbridge (noted for his years as bassist with the Allman Brothers Band) and Kofi Burbridge (longtime keyboardist/flutist with The Derek Trucks Band), a pair of drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, plus trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and trombonist Saunders Sermons. (Additionally, Ryan Shaw and David Ryan Harris supply harmony vocals to various tracks on the album, and Alam Khan adds his masterful sarod playing to ‘These Walls.’) The fact that this aggregation includes so many musicians related by experience — and blood — clearly adds to the notion of Revelator as a true group album, the product of a musical family.
♦ The fact that the DNA of the Tedeschi Trucks Band includes so many musical couplings has a lot to do with it. “It has such strengths, everyone’s a great songwriter in this band and everyone’s so good at listening to each other,” Tedeschi says. “There are also lots of pairs in the band — like the drummers. ♦ They’re fabulous together, creating space for each other. Then you have Oteil and Kofi who have known each other since they were born — when those two brothers are locking in together, it’s amazing, like ESP taking over. And Derek and myself know each other so well and inspire each other.”
♦ Says Trucks: “I’m really looking forward to hitting the road and letting things grow until each show feels like an event. It’s nice having all these new songs but also having that looseness and spontaneity that comes with a great group of musicians. There are few bands that do that — hold on to that element of surprise. One moment could be a train wreck but the next, it’s church.”
|Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator (2011)|