The Tedeschi Trucks Band -- led by the husband-and-wife duo of guitarist and vocalist Susan Tedeschi and slide guitarist Derek Trucks -- began as a summer touring unit known as Soul Stew Revival. It was both a practical consideration for the pair to spend time together with their young family, and a musical endeavor. Soul Stew Revival featured members of their own bands and numerous guest musicians, and the loose-knit cooperative band performed roof-raising shows full of soul, blues, funk, and gospel standards, as well as original material. After one of these tours, the pair decided to create a home studio to be better able to finance their own recordings.
Tedeschi and Trucks performed a cover of "Space Captain" on Herbie Hancock's Imagine Project, and solidified an 11-piece band from their own units, as well as horn players and percussionists. Renamed the Tedeschi Trucks Band, they signed to Sony's Masterworks imprint, recorded over 30 songs, and eventually pared the selection down to 11 tracks for their debut album, Revelator, which was released in June 2011 and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album. It was followed in the spring of 2012 by Live: Everybody's Talkin', a sprawling double-disc set that featured material from Revelator alongside some carefully chosen cover versions. August 2013 brought a second studio album, Made Up Mind, which featured co-writing credits from the Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Soulive's Eric Krasno.
The band toured virtually nonstop. They composed new material on the fly and developed a sprawling set of covers from the annals of blues, rock, soul, jazz, and country music, and also explored African and Indian music on-stage. After a final Allman Brothers Band tour in 2015, Trucks was able to focus all of his energies on his family band, which had expanded over the years to include a dozen members. The Tedeschi Trucks Band entered their Swamp Raga Studio in Jacksonville, Florida and, with Trucks producing, recorded ten new songs -- all written or co-written by the band, a first. Let Me Get By was released by Fantasy in January 2016; it debuted at 15 on the Billboard charts. Live from the Fox Oakland, a live double-album recorded during the supporting tour for Let Me Get By, appeared in March 2017. ~ Thom Jurek