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Concert preview: Tedeschi Trucks Band 'keeps moving in the right direction'

Published July 21, 2014 1:38 pm

Concert preview • The musical power couple will play a sold-out Red Butte show with their band on Tuesday; Rich Robinson will open.
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When you have two legendary musicians at the front of the stage, it just makes sense that Tuesday's Tedeschi Trucks Band concert at Red Butte Garden is sold out.

Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes will open the 7 p.m. concert.

Singer/guitarist/songwriter Susan Tedeschi and her husband, Derek Trucks, voted by his peers in Rolling Stone as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, combined their talents and in 2011 released their first studio album, the Grammy-winning blues release "Revelator."

The 11-member band followed up with its second studio album, "Made Up Mind," last year and released a live album in between.

Tedeschi Trucks has been touring in Europe, but Derek Trucks took a moment to answer a few questions by email.

Where are you right now?

We're currently on the bus riding from Offenbach to Stuttgart on the day of the World Cup final. It should be a wild night off in Stuttgart.

What has the collaboration been like with the band? Has everyone been figuring out everyone else's creative process?

With 11 people in the band it will always be an ongoing process, but we're in a good place right now. When we recorded "Made Up Mind" we had a much more clear vision of how we wanted to sound in the studio. Now I think that connection is even greater between all of us. It keeps moving in the right direction, which is what you'd hope for.

How do you guys avoid the pitfalls associated with doing business with family?

We just try to communicate openly and support one another as much as possible. It helps that we're surrounded by a great group of people too. The hardest part is always being away from the kids, but on the whole it's been very rewarding.

What has the reaction been to "Made Up Mind"?

As best I can tell it's been positive. I'm happy with the finished product and with the way the songs have developed in a live setting. I don't put too much stock in reviews or awards. It's nice when you get a good one, but you can't sweat it too much.

What's been going on in the studio and what's coming in terms of a new album?

The best part of having your own studio is you don't have to be so strict with scheduling writing and recording time. We're just in and out of the studio all the time when we're home. But we do have some full band recording time blocked off for later this year.

What is it like to look over in the studio or onstage and see your spouse jamming and singing with you?

It's a nice feeling, although there's not usually much time to think about that onstage. It's just an added level of trust that elevates the whole thing.

What can Salt Lake City fans expect at your Red Butte Show?

It changes night to night, but we'll play songs from both of our albums with a few of our old favorites mixed in. I don't want to give too much away, but we've had some great crowds in Salt Lake City so we'll do our best to make them happy.


Tedeschi Trucks Band

Opening: Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes.

When • Tuesday, July 22, 7 p.m.

Where • Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Sold out —

Coming soon to the garden

P Some of the upcoming shows on Red Butte Garden's 2014 summer concert series are, like Tuesday's Tedeschi Trucks Band concert, sold out. But tickets are still available for plenty of others. Here's the rest of the season's lineup, with ticket prices for garden members and the general public.

Monday • Pat Metheny Unity Group, jazz, and Bruce Hornsby, pop/jazz musician (co-headlining); $42/$47 (see story on D6)

Friday • Lyle Lovett & His Large Band, alt-country; $57/$62

July 27 • Gary Clark Jr., rock/R&B/soul musician; $37/$42

July 28 • Amos Lee, folk/rock singer-songwriter; $37/$42

July 29 • Santana, guitar-rock legend; sold out

Aug. 3 • John Hiatt & The Combo, rock/folk band, and Taj Mahal Trio, blues band (co-headlining); $37/$42

Aug. 5 • Chris Isaak, rock crooner; $49/$54

Aug. 6 • John Butler Trio, roots-rock band; $35/$40

Aug. 8 • Ray LaMontagne folk singer-songwriter; opening act: The Belle Brigade; sold out

Aug. 10 • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, jazz/funk band, and Galactic, jazz/funk jam band (co-headlining); $38/$43

Aug. 12 • Michael McDonald, pop crooner, and Toto, '80s pop/rock band (co-headlining); $57/$62

Aug. 14 • Sheryl Crow, folk/rock singer-songwriter; sold out

Aug. 19 • Portugal. The Man, psychedelic-rock band, and Grouplove, alt-rock dance band (co-headlining); $35/$40

Aug. 21 • David Gray, English singer-songwriter; sold out

Sunday, Aug. 24 • Brandi Carlile, alt-country/folk singer-songwriter; sold out

Aug. 29 • Earth Wind & Fire, legendary funk/soul band; sold out

Sept. 11 • Ben Harper, folk/rock singer-songwriter (acoustic set); sold out

Sept. 14 • Conor Oberst, emo-rock singer-songwriter; $35/$40