Back to the River (Bonus Track Version) by Susan Tedeschi on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Susan Tedeschi

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 theater in Norwell, a southern suburb of Boston. At 13, she began singing with local bands and continued her studies at the Berklee College of Music, honing her guitar skills and also joining the Reverence Gospel Ensemble. She started the first incarnation of her blues band upon graduating in 1991, with vocalist/guitarist Adrienne Hayes, a fellow blues enthusiast whom she met at the House of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, and Boston-area singer Toni Lynn Washington were Tedeschi's most important influences; in starting her band, in fact, she used Washington's backing band and hustled up gigs on nights when Washington and her band were not already booked. Since they began performing around Boston's fertile blues scene, Tedeschi and her band developed into a tightly knit, road-ready group, and have played several major blues festivals. Guitarist Sean Costello has since replaced original guitarist and co-vocalist Hayes, who left the group to pursue her own musical interests.

The Susan Tedeschi Band's first album, Just Won't Burn, was released on the Boston-based Tone-Cool Records in early 1998. The band for her debut on Tone-Cool includes guitarist Costello, bassist Jim Lamond, and drummer Tom Hambridge; guitarist Hayes also contributes. Just Won't Burn is a powerful collection of originals, plus a sparkling cover of John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery." Tedeschi and band also do justice to a tune Ruth Brown popularized, "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean," and Junior Wells' "Little by Little." The appropriately titled Wait for Me appeared in 2002 and was followed two years later by the CD and DVD Live from Austin TX. 2005's Hope and Desire found Tedeschi on the Verve Forecast label; it was followed up by the stellar Back to the River. In a desire to spend more time with her husband Derek Trucks (who led his own group and was a guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band) and their children, the pair formed the soul-blues group the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, an 11-piece ensemble that also included brothers Oteil and Kofi Burbridge on bass and keyboards, respectively, and drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson. The unit signed to Sony's Masterworks imprint and released their debut album, Revelator in June of of 2011. ~ Richard Skelly

  • ORIGIN
    Boston, MA
  • BORN
    Nov 9, 1970

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