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  • Tedeschi Trucks Band at Britt Festivals

    The band delivers blues-soaked roots rock with Trucks' signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi's honey-to-husk voice.
  • The Tedeschi Trucks Band hadn't played live much before recording its 2011 debut album, "Revelato." Despite its size and limited live experience, the 11-member group sounded like a tight unit, while husband-and-wife band leaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi wrote the lion's share of the music on the CD that won a Grammy for Best Blues Album.
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      Who: The Tedeschi Trucks Band with Rich Robinson
      When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 18
      Where: Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville
      Tickets: $39 for lawn seating, $29 for ages 12 and younger...
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      If you go
      Who: The Tedeschi Trucks Band with Rich Robinson

      When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 18

      Where: Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville

      Tickets: $39 for lawn seating, $29 for ages 12 and younger

      Call: 541-773-6077 or see www.brittfest.org
  • The Tedeschi Trucks Band hadn't played live much before recording its 2011 debut album, "Revelato." Despite its size and limited live experience, the 11-member group sounded like a tight unit, while husband-and-wife band leaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi wrote the lion's share of the music on the CD that won a Grammy for Best Blues Album.
    Now the Tedeschi Trucks Band is back, playing a run of headlining shows in support of its second CD, "Made Up Mind," which was released last August. The band delivers a blend of blues, soul, jazz and rock with Trucks' signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi's honey-to-husk voice.
    The band will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the Britt Pavilion, 350 First St., Jacksonville. Tickets cost $39 for lawn seating, $29 for ages 12 and younger, and can be purchased at www.brittfest.org; at the box office, 216 W. Main St., Medford; or by calling 800-882-7488 or 541-773-6077.
    Singer, songwriter and guitarist Rich Robinson — best known for his work with The Black Crowes — will open the show. Folk and Americana singer and songwriter Mia Dyson will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Britt Performance Garden.
    Two years of touring — and a 2012 live album "Everybody's Talkin' " — that preceded the trip to the studio for "Made Up Mind" made a big difference, Tedeschi said during a telephone interview.
    "This time going in the studio, we just felt a little bit more at ease with kind of opening up and playing more instead of having everything be so synced," Tedeschi said. "I think in the songwriting process we kind of kept everything real to the point, whereas now there's a little bit more openness. You can feel the band stretching out and playing a little bit more. We're just kind of doing whatever feels good and just trying to make good music."
    Trucks and Tedeschi had each made a lot of good music on their own before they pooled their talents and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
    Trucks fronted the Derek Trucks Band, which released seven albums between 1997 and 2010 — including the Grammy-winning "Already Free." He's also a member of the Allman Brothers Band and a touring member of Eric Clapton's group. Trucks is widely recognized as one of the finest slide guitar players going.
    Tedeschi, meanwhile, released five studio albums of blues and soul-influenced rock between 1995 and 2008, gaining considerable acclaim for her songwriting, guitar work and powerhouse vocals.
    They put solo careers on hiatus to form the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010, with Kofi Burbridge on keys and flute, Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson on drums and percussion, Kebbi Williams on sax, Maurice Brown on trumpet, Saunders Sermons on trombone and backup vocalists Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers.
    Tedeschi said it took some time for her and Trucks to find their places in the new group.
    "After having solo careers for 15, 20 years for Derek and I both, you know, it was kind of hard finding our role at first because we both kind of want to be the leader and what not," Tedeschi said. "But it was kind of a natural thing for me to let Derek go crazy and take control in a lot of ways — as well as the whole band. I think everybody's just really settling in and we have created a sound now after being together for three years. So it's really starting to take on its own thing."
    With "Made Up Mind," Trucks stepped up to take a leading role with the music, serving as a lead songwriter and co-producing the album with Jim Scott, who also produced "Revelator."
    As with "Revelator," Trucks and Tedeschi co-wrote several songs and collaborated with Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers and bassist Eric Krasno.
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