With all due respect to the amazing Susan Tedeschi, her husband Derek Trucks repeatedly stole the show Tuesday night during the Tedeschi Trucks concert at Red Butte Garden. The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson and his band opened the show.
Opening song » Tedeschi Trucks Band covered Traffic’s "Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring." Most of the crowd was standing from the get-go. This was one of many long-play numbers out of about 14 songs that included an encore.
Highlight » The band crushed it on "Bound For Glory" off the band’s first album "Revelator." Again, another long-play song that featured the incredible Kofi Burbridge on keys exchanging notes with bassist Tim Lefebvre, rivaled only by Trucks on lead guitar. The Hammond sounded great on a number that had Tedeschi just dancing off to the side. Amazing piece.
Crowd favorite » It may have been "Bound For Glory," but a close second would easily have been "Idle Wind," from the more recent second studio album "Made Up Mind." The latter song featured a drum solo by not one but two drummers that helped make up a big sound for the 11-piece band throughout the concert.
Best quote » Tedeschi gave a great plug for Red Butte Garden when she said, "It’s always so beautiful here. I hope you get to explore the beautiful garden." It might be interesting to see what happens to ticket and membership sales this week.
In the crowd» To all the middle-aged and older folks (at 45 I count myself in that group), kudos to nearly everyone for standing and, for the most part, dancing throughout the concert. Tedeschi Trucks Band has a loyal and enthusiastic following, and it was on full display at the sold-out concert.
Encore » Trucks finished yet another of his jaw dropping solos at around 10 p.m., which set the stage for an encore that included a delightfully reworked version of what sounded like lyrics from The Beatles’ "Eleanor Rigby" before launching into a show-stopping adaptation of Freddie King’s "Living in the Palace of the King." Really an extraordinary concert.
High note (there was no low note) » Fans of guitar virtuosity and originality had the chance this week to see two of history’s greatest guitar players on the same stage within 24 hours of each other: Trucks on Tuesday night, and Pat Metheny the night before. If you were lucky enough to see both live at Red Butte Garden this week, consider this a summer to remember.
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