Tedeschi Trucks Band
Signs, the upcoming album from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, is marinated in personal tragedy. During the period that the Grammy-winning 12-piece group, fronted by husband and wife country rockers Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, worked on the album, multiple friends and family members passed away. Those losses, including two Allman Brothers (founder Gregg Allman and Derek’s uncle Butch Trucks) and mentor Col. Bruce Hampton, were compounded by the unexpected deaths of countrified contemporaries such as Tom Petty and Leon Russell, and dealing with so much pain all at once was a big part of the album’s inspiration.
“This is the first record we’ve made where, when I listen to it, it puts me in a specific place,” says Derek Trucks in one press release. “It puts me in a zone and hits some raw nerves.” The album was recorded live to two-inch analog tape, using an original Neve console combined with a 1970s Studer tape recorder. The 11-song release, due February 15 via Fantasy Records/Concord, is so far previewed by a bluesy guitar heavy single called “Hard Case” currently streaming on NPR Music. Featuring guests such as Allman Brothers vet Warren Haynes, as well as Doyle Bramhall II, Oliver Wood, and Marc Quinones, a support tour kicks off this month that eventually rolls into San Diego’s Civic Theatre on May 12.