REVIEW: Tedeschi Trucks at The Beacon Theatre

Blues rockers Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks and their band continued their run at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night with their 4th performance in the brief residency here in NYC, where they would perform 18 songs mostly consisting of covers and almost all featuring special guests including Doyle Bramhall IINels Cline and Norah Jones.

The thing about blues bands is this: many of them like to play their own renditions of classic blues songs, often foregoing any original material in favor of songs from around the genre by relevant artists who helped shape it. This is no different with Tedeschi Trucks, as they would cover songs by everyone ranging from Elmore James and Miles Davis to Bonnie Raitt and The Allman Brothers with help from their many guests. Some of those covers that stood out were The Sky Is Crying by Elmore James and performed with help from Doyle Bramhall II along with The Allman Brothers classic Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More with Nels Cline of Wilco, and Bonnie Raitt’s Love Has No Pride with a little help from the one and only Norah Jones.

One thing I always wished blues-rock bands would do is play their own material, and while Tedeschi Trucks did play a few of their own – I Want More, Midnight in Harlem, All The World and Part of Me, the latter two with Bramhall – their performance is mostly about the selection of covers they manage to belt out with their own mastery. Don’t expect to see Tedeschi Trucks and hear original music, go for their take on vintage blues and be amazed. Their live performance is phenomenal and the range from which they pull their setlist is broad. Blues fans will never be disappointed at this show.

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