Derek Trucks has made quite the name for himself, both as a solo artist and with the members of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. His wife, Susan Tedeschi, has equally made her own place in the music world. The two together have made one heck of a mark. The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s debut album, “Revelator” earned a Grammy for Best Blues Album at this year’s Grammys. And now, the band has followed up its award winning debut album with its equally impressive live release, “Everybody’s Talkin’.”
“Everybody’s Talkin'” is one more wonderful addition to the ranks of this young year’s best releases. It comes across as one giant jam fest from the first notes of the album’s title track to the last tones of the cover of the Staple Sisters’ ‘Wade in The Water.’ Susan Tedeschi is a powerhouse, yet again, as she belts out tune after tune. Her vocals could easily rival those of fellow blues legend Bonnie Raitt. And husband Derek Trucks’ guitar work proves once again why he is one of the best guitarists around today. He really gets his time to shine on the breakout jam sessions on ‘Learn How to Love’, ‘Bound For Glory’ and the band’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight’, which is arguablythehighlight of the whole compilation. This cover is one of the moments when the band’s brass section–Maurice Brown (Trumpet) and Saunders Sermon (Trombone)–really shines. Saxophonist Kebbi Williamsand fellow Derek Trucks Band member, Kofi Burbridge also gets to showcase his talents. He gets his moment on the live take of ‘Nobobdy’s Free.’ That’s another aspect of this release’s greatness. Although the band is named after the husband/wife duo of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the live performances included in this set allows the whole band its moment to shine. And does it ever shine. Every member of the band shows what makes TTB the amazing organization that it is.
Whether it be any of the aforementioned songs or any of the other amazing pieces included on this double disc set, “Everbody’s Talkin'” is hands down, one of the best records of 2012. It’s one of the best live albums to come along in a long time, too. Much like Miles Davis’ groundbreaking record, “Kind of Blue”, “Everybody’s Talkin'” is one of those releases that fans will be enjoying years from now. It’s one of those works in which listeners could easily get lost in a good way. That’s because it’s what one could call a “Multi-purpose record.” What that means is that it’s one of those records that is perfect for a lazy summer day, relaxing in the sun (or in a sunroom), for a road trip, or a rainy evening. It’s even great for a cold, grey snowy day to warm people’s moods. Every song has a different mood that’s fitting for one situation or another. It fits any situation and any type of day. There simply is not one bad song on this live release. That being the case, even as a live release, “Everybody’s Talkin'” is going to be one of those records that fans are going to remember years after its release.
The band is currently out on tour. Fans in North Carolina will get to see the band live when it performs at the annual MerleFest next Saturday, April 28th in Wilkesboro. For more information on the festival, fans can go to http://www.merlefest.org. More information on the band and its tour is available on the band’s website, http://www.tedeschitrucksband.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DerekandSusan and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DerekandSusan.