Tedeschi Trucks Band (Photo by David McClister)
Tedeschi Trucks Band, America’s premier rock-and-roll big band, will mark its annual return to DC’s Warner Theatre with six performances on Feb. 16, 17, and 18, and March 3, 4, and 5.
The dates are part of a 22-city tour in support of TTB’s most recent studio release, I Am the Moon.
I Am the Moon began as a pandemic-related writing exercise suggested by TTB vocalist Mike Mattison in May 2020 and transformed into a career-defining artistic statement as TTB reimagined a mythic Persian tale of star-crossed lovers, Layla and Majnun, through a modern-day lens: capturing the power of devotion in a time of crisis and separation. It is an astonishing amalgamation of soul, rock, blues, funk, roots, and Eastern influences, sweeping artistic ambition, and an exceptional quality of collective songwriting which evolved into the band’s fifth studio release with 24 original songs and four album length companion films. NPR says I Am the Moon finds TTB, “at their finest and most adventurous.”
Watch the trailer to I Am The Moon by Tedeschi Trucks Band on YouTube:
About Tedeschi Trucks Band (from the band’s website):
Go back to Dec. 31, 2008, when guitarist Derek Trucks and his wife, singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, were preparing to ring in the New Year. Married since 1999, these two soulmates, equally steeped in the musical roots of blues, jazz, and gospel, had finally decided the time was right to set aside their successful solo careers and commit to a new band melding their vision and talent. It wasn’t the first time they had collaborated; they had shared a stage countless times and traded album guest appearances, all while starting a family together. But on that night, hitting the stage together with members of the Derek Trucks Band and a guest horn section they heard the future.
Two years later, the couple debuted Tedeschi Trucks Band. The nation’s economy was heading into recession. The popular music landscape was filled with technological theatrics and auto-tuned singers. And here were Tedeschi and Trucks along with their (then) 8-member band, loading up two tour buses and hitting the road with a sound that defied conventional genre boundaries or traditional labels; a gypsy caravan on the rock-and-roll highway. To call it ambitious was an understatement.
In pursuit of their ideal sound driven by world-class musicianship, Tedeschi and Trucks put together a musical collaborative like no other, flying in the face of any practical or economic considerations. There have been evolutionary changes to the band along the way, but the current line up includes the freight-train force of drummers Tyler Greenwell and Isaac Eady, long-time Derek Trucks Band member Mike Mattison, with his dynamic vocals and songwriting skills, Brandon Boone (bass guitar), Gabe Dixon (keyboards), the three-piece horn section of Kebbi Williams (saxophone), Ephraim Owens (trumpet), and Elizabeth Lea (trombone), and Mark Rivers and Alecia Chakour on vocal duties with Mattison. In February 2019, original band member and brilliant multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge passed away, leaving an indelible mark on TTB’s spirit and sound.
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Feb. 16, 17, and 18
March 3, 4, and 5
Show @ 8pm
Starting at $49.50