Tedeschi Trucks Band "Let Me Get By"

An exceptional third album features a band that has coelesced into a precise and emotive unit.

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are stars in their own right, both having released album’s separate of each other. When they teamed up in 2010 to form a band, the strengths of each party created a stronger unit. Although the husband and wife team still get top billing Let Me Get By proves that the other members of the band have coalesced into a major musical force. Their contributions are move varied and prevalent, expanding the depth and range of the band’s material.

When a band is fronted by a guitarist as extraordinary as Trucks and a vocalist as powerful as Tedeschi it’s only natural that they tend toward the spotlight. Trucks take lead guitar throughout, occasionally sharing duties with Doyle Bramhall II. Tedeschi, who also contributes backing guitar, takes the majority of lead vocals but occasionally shares those duties with Mike Mattison and duets with him on the New Orleans’ flavored “Right On Time.” “Don’t You Know What it Means” features the entire band on backing vocals.

Songwriting is shared throughout the ten tracks, with Bramhall, Mattison, Kofi Burbridge, and one of the band’s newest members, jazz bassist Tim Lefebvre, contributing. Those configurations pull a multitude of musical interests, including soul, blues, and jazz. “Crying Over You/Swamp Raga” begins with a hypnotic raga that could only rise out of the American south. Every song offers fresh and exciting elements with exceptional playing. This band will always get attention for its guitar work, but the horn section deserves accolades for its precision and vitality, and Burbridge's keyboard work is flawless.  

Tedeschi Trucks Band won a Grammy Award for its debut release, and its second album was named WYEP’s top album of 2013. In my book, their third album is a charm that tops both of those releasing.

Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix)