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Susan Tedeschi is a talented triple threat — a stunningly soulful singer with a rich, husky voice, a skilled guitar player, and a strong songwriter. Her singing and guitar styles are both rooted in the blues, but it’s too limiting to call her just a blues artist because she smoothly incorporates so many other styles into her work, most notably R&B, soul, and gospel. This release is notable in that it’s the first one in which she wrote or co-wrote nearly all the material, and the lyrics are particularly thoughtful, touching on family life, tough lessons, and social and political issues. Standouts include the emotional “700 Houses,” about the Hurricane Katrina disaster; the powerful plea of “People;” and “Butterfly,” which she wrote with her husband Derek Trucks, who adds a tough guitar groove to the song. The only cover here is a funky, horn-fueled version of Allen Toussaint’s 1969 classic “There’s a Break In the Road,” and she rips it up with a powerhouse vocal performance. Start to finish, Back to the River may be Tedeschi’s most well-rounded release to date.

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A winner form start to finsh

Back to the River by Susan Tedeschi features what a lot of her fans have been waiting for, her best album to date. Once you start with the rocking Talking About then move to the anathematic 700 Houses, People, Butterfly, Learning the Hard way (there are too many good songs on this album!!!) it will be hard not to keep the entire CD playing, and then repeating, again and again. With the talent of Tedeschi's vocals, songwriting and guitar playing this is possibly one of the best new blues based rock albums to come out in years. Then combine her talent with that of the great Derek Trucks and Doyal Bramhall II and you have a winner on your hands, and this my friends, is a winner.

Quite wonderful

I saw Susan on 11/20/08 in Chicago and she blew me away. As soon as I got home I downloaded this album and it sounds as awesome recorded as it did live. I have followed her in the background for a few years now and would never have called myself a fan as such but after seeing her live, I am now 100% Tedeschi nuts. This album will not disappoint and I suggest you get out to see her live on her tour if you can, she has to be seen to be believed.

Susan is BACK!

It's good to hear Susan getting back to her roots. If you liked Wait For Me, you'll love this album!


Born: November 9, 1970 in Boston, MA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Susan Tedeschi is part of the new generation of blues musicians looking for ways to keep the form exciting, vital, and evolving. Tedeschi's live shows are by no means straight-ahead urban blues. Instead, she freely mixes classic R&B, blues, and her own gospel and blues-flavored originals into her sets. She's a young, sassy blues belter with musical sensibilities that belie her years. Tedeschi began singing when she was four and already active in local choir and...
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