By Jim Stanford on May 21, 2013
(Title track from 2012 album)
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, the blues-belting, axe-grinding husband-and-wife duo, will make their long-awaited return to the Tetons next month to kick off summer at Center for the Arts.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform on the solstice, June 21, at the downtown Jackson theater. Tickets go on sale May 29.
Also playing the center this summer are Paul Thorn on July 17, Kathy Mattea on July 24, the Hootenanny on Aug. 12, John Butler Trio on Aug. 13 and Shawn Mullins on Sept. 19.
Tedeschi Trucks Band has been in demand among readers of this site for years. The group (formerly called Soul Stew Revival) played Targhee Fest in 2008, and a possible return had been in the mix until the band decided to tour with the Black Crowes this summer. Tedeschi also sang at the center in 2009.
The sultry Tedeschi can wail on vocals and guitar, while her husband, nephew of Allmans drummer Butch Trucks, is a slide guitar virtuoso, having jammed with rock royalty since he was a teen.
The couple is backed by a veteran and accomplished band featuring brothers Oteil and Kofi Burbridge on bass and keyboards, respectively, drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson, two harmony singers and a three-piece horn section.
Last year, Trucks and Tedeschi performed at the White House in a blues celebration — yes, the night President Obama took the mic and sang a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago.”
Although the band is focused on original material, their cover of Eric Clapton’s “Anyday,” Tedeschi’s singing in particular, is one of my favorites:
Update 5/22 — Here’s the press release from the center, with more details on the other artists:
JACKSON, WYO. – Since opening the doors on the Center Theater in 2007, the Center for the Arts has been bringing world-class performances to Jackson Hole. With its 2013 Center Presents summer season, the Center continues that tradition with a summer lineup of all-star musicians beginning on June 21 with Tedeschi Trucks Band.
“This summer the Center is excited to welcome several top-notch musical groups who have not performed in the valley before, like John Butler Trio and Shawn Mullins, in addition to artists that are well-loved by Jackson locals,” said Shannon McCormick, the Center’s programming director.
The 2013 Center Presents summer season is as follows:
June 21 – Tedeschi Trucks Band – An 11-piece ensemble led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, which was formed in 2010 when Derek and Susan decided to set aside their successful solo careers and join forces.
July 17 – Paul Thorn – It has been said seeing Paul Thorn and his band is like “taking a 6-pack to church.” The first thing you notice is the voice, distinctively soulful and funky, the voice of a man who has walked a long, hot span over dusty Mississippi country roads.
July 24 – Kathy Mattea – One of the most respected female country stars of her era, Kathy Mattea is a commercially successful hit-maker who brings elements of folk, bluegrass, gospel, and singer/songwriter intimacy to her music.
August 12 – Hootenanny in Concert –Teton County’s weekly all-acoustic folk showcase, the Hoot, returns for its seventh annual all-star concert on the Center stage.
August 13 – John Butler Trio – John Butler is undeniably the most successful independent artist in Australia with sold out performances over the past two years, not only on home turf but also worldwide.
September 19 – Shawn Mullins – American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music. He is best known for the 1998 single “Lullaby”, which hit number one on the Adult Top 40 and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Tickets for all Center Presents performances go on sale on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 12:00PM. Tickets can be purchased online at www.jhcenterforthearts.org, in person at the Center Box Office at 265 S. Cache St. or by phone at (307) 733-4900. The Center Box Office is open 9:00am to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours before any ticketed performance.
“Ticket prices alone do not cover all the costs of bringing outstanding talent to Jackson,” McCormick said. “The Center Presents series is made possible thanks to the steadfast support of local and regional businesses.”
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