Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival
July 3, 2008
Partners in life and partners on stage, the husband and wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi loomed large as their Soul Stew Revival tour rolled through Kettering, Ohio’s Fraze Pavilion on July 3. Starting with "Don’t Cry No More," Tedeschi asserted herself at the forefront of the stage with a stern look on her face, and bruising blues vocal treatments to back it up.
"I Wants to Be Loved" had husband Derek (Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks Band) settling back with wicked slide guitar accompaniments to the big band sound mix. "People" was stretched out with the walloping rhythm section of dual drummers Duane Trucks (more family – he’s Derek’s younger brother) and Yonrico Scott, and the underrated, booming lines of master bass guitarist, Todd Smallie.
A detour into The Band’s "Don’t Do It" found vocalist Mike Mattison leaning towards the percussion wizardry of Count M’Butu. "Sugar" and "Pack Up Our Things" were evenly graced by the Tedeschi-Trucks standard, with flute and organ specialist Kofi Burbridge chiming for full effect.
"Get Out of My Life, Woman" again kicked into the direction of a fired up Derek Trucks lead slide solo, and Ron Halloway’s bursts on saxophone beefed up "Glad You’re Gone."
Susan Tedeschi revealed herself as a full fledged, Class A interpreter of the Bob Dylan songbook with a brilliant interpretation of "Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right." That’s not to say her sweet as honey vocals are all there is to her bracing artistry. She backs them up with stinging guitar, and rallied the Fraze faithful by covering the stunning purity of The Beatles’ "Hey Jude" to full effect with the entire Soul Stew Revival group coalescing together at the end. Derek Trucks and Mike Mattison shared the spotlight on an emotional rendering of "Key to the Highway," before a standing ovation sent Derek, Susan and co. offstage.
They returned to double their encore with defining runs on "Save Me" and "Any Day," then disappeared to the darkness of the backstage lighting as ethereally as they had appeared. It left the Fraze’s crowd buzzed with a deep craving for more helpings of the Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival’s down south hybrid of rock, soul and jazz.
Setlist: Don’t Cry No More, I Wants to be Loved, People, Don’t Do It, Sugar, Pack Up Our Things, Get Out Of My Life, Woman, Glad You’re Gone, Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, Hercules, Hey Jude, Key to the Highway
Encore: Save Me, Anyday