Susan Tedeschi talks about Tedeschi Trucks Band, upcoming appearance

An interview with Susan Tedeschi of the Tedeschi Trucks Band was featured on the Aug. 9 edition of Greasy Tracks.

Live at Newport: Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi front the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. (Associated Press photo)

The group appears Aug. 14 with the Wood Brothers in support at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.

Tedeschi — the lead vocalist who shares guitar duties with her husband, the renowned slide player, Derek Trucks — spoke in depth about the on-going creative growth and live dynamic of the 11-piece band which includes a horn section and dual drummers. She talked about the influence of Trucks as a bandleader, his end-of-the-year-departure from the Allman Brothers Band and some future plans for their namesake group.

Click here for the Tedeschi interview.

The Connecticut appearance comes in the midst of a busy year as the band has made two treks to Europe, including an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as playing concerts the Middle East, Japan, Canada and at some of the largest festivals in the United States.

Sitting in with Slowhand: Derek Trucks (left) and Warren Haynes (center) join Eric Clapton during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden. Trucks and Haynes will leave the Allman Brothers at the end of 2014. (Getty Images North America photo)

Over the past decade, Trucks has gained the reputation as one of the more innovative and in-demand guitarists, especially for his prowess as a slide player.

He formed the Derek Trucks Band in 1996, but three years later, at the age of 20, became a full-time member of the Allman Brothers Band. He’s remained a constant in the group since that time, teaming with Warren Haynes to carry on the group’s famed twin-guitar sound. In January, Trucks and Haynes announced they would be leaving the Allmans at the end of 2014.

Tedeschi and Trucks married in 2001.

After playing on the J.J. Cale/Eric Clapton collaboration, “The Road To Escondido,” Trucks joined Clapton’s road band in 2006, while continuing to juggle touring commitments with the Allmans and his own group which released the well-received “Songlines” album that year.

Belting one out: Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks perform with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. They will be appearing Aug. 14 at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows. (Vincent Tseng photo)

Putting their own bands on the backburner in 2007, Tedeschi and Trucks began touring together as the Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Review, primarily covering old soul and blues standards as well as a smattering of their solo material.

In 2010, the Tedeschi Trucks Band was introduced and became the focus for the duo when Trucks wasn’t fulfilling Allman’s obligations. A year later, they released their debut, “Revelator” followed, in 2012, by the double-live “Everybody’s Talking’” featuring a mix of originals and a handful of soul and blues chestnuts.

“Made Up Mind,” the band’s second studio album of original material came out in late 2013 on Sony Masterworks. It gained a Blues Music Award — formerly the W.C. Handy Award — for the rock blues album of the year for 2014, while Tedeschi was named contemporary blues female singer of the year and the Tedeschi Trucks Band took band of the year honors.

Greasy Tracks, the longest-running soul-based radio program in the state, airs Saturday’s 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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