Susan Tedeschi

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Susan Tedeschi
Susan Tedeschi, July 2006.jpg
Tedeschi performing in the Netherlands, 2006
Background information
Born (1970-11-09) November 9, 1970 (age 43)
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Blues, blue eyed soul, blues rock, R&B
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1995–present
Labels Verve Forecast, Rounder Records, Mercury, Tone-Cool
Associated acts Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Derek Trucks Band
Website www.derekandsusan.net, www.susantedeschi.com
Past members Tom Hambridge, Adrienne Hayes, Tyler Greenwell, Ron Holloway, Matt Slocum (keyboardist), Dave Yoke, Ted Pecchio

Susan Tedeschi (/təˈdɛski/; born November 9, 1970) is an American blues and soul musician who has received multiple Grammy Award nominations[1] and is well known for her singing voice, guitar playing, and stage presence. She is a member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band (originally known as "Soul Stew Revival"), which is a conglomeration of her band, her husband's The Derek Trucks Band, and other musicians.

Tedeschi served as a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.[2]

Early life[edit]

Susan Tedeschi was born on November 9, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to a family of Italian ancestry (Tedeschi means Germans in Italian) and was raised in Norwell, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Dick Tedeschi, granddaughter of Nick Tedeschi and great-granddaughter of Angelo Tedeschi, founder of the New England-based supermarket and convenience store chain.[3] Tedeschi has always been musically inclined and made her debut public performance as a six-year old understudy in a Broadway musical. Also, she sang for family members and listened to her father's record collection of old vinyl recordings such as Mississippi John Hurt and Lightning Hopkins. Raised as a Catholic, she found little inspiration in the church choir and attended predominantly African-American Baptist churches, feeling the music was "less repressed and more like a celebration of God." She has played in bands since the age of 13. At the age of 18 she formed her first all-original group, The Smokin' Section, in the nearby town of Scituate.[4]

After graduating Norwell High School, Tedeschi attended the Berklee College of Music, where she sang in a Gospel choir. She performed show tunes on the Spirit of Boston and received her Bachelor of Music degree in musical composition and performance at age 20.[1] During that time, she began sitting in on blues jams at local venues and immersed herself in the Boston music scene.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tedeschi formed the Susan Tedeschi Band in 1993[1] featuring Tom Hambridge and Adrienne Hayes. In 1995 her then boyfriend, Boston musician Tim Gearan taught Tedeschi how to play blues guitar. It was then she really began to hone her skills on the instrument. In December the band released Better Days to regional audiences. Record contracts were difficult to keep together; however, recording sessions from 1997 were acquired by Richard Rosenblatt and the band was signed to indy label Tone-Cool Records and Just Won't Burn, featuring young guitarist Sean Costello, was released in February 1998 to very positive reviews, particularly from blues critics and publications. Susan was the first artist to play the very first Sunset Sessions in March 1998 at the Marriott in the US Virgin Islands. [5]

In 1999, Tedeschi played several dates in the all-woman traveling festival Lilith Fair organized by Sarah McLachlan.[4] Throughout 1998 and 1999 she toured extensively throughout the United States and drew larger crowds.

Susan Tedeschi and The Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival, June 2012. Kebbi Williams on saxophone, Maurice Brown on trumpet, and Saunders Sermons on trombone are in the background (left to right)

Opening acts[edit]

Eventually Tedeschi was opening for John Mellencamp, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers Band, Taj Mahal and Bob Dylan. In 2000, Just Won't Burn reached Gold record status for sales of 500,000 in the United States, rare for a blues production. She recorded two tracks with Double Trouble band members Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon for their album.

She opened for The Rolling Stones in 2003 and played in huge venues, gaining national exposure. Somewhat surprisingly, the gig wasn't financially lucrative. According to Tedeschi, "They pay, but it's not great. I don't make any money 'cause I've got to pay all my sidemen. I'll be lucky if I break even."[6]

In 2004, Tedeschi was featured on the PBS show Austin City Limits, flanked by William Green, on Hammond organ, Jason Crosby, playing keyboards, violin, and vocals, bassist Ron Perry, and Jeff Sipe, on drums. The performance was extremely well received.[7]

Influences[edit]

Susan Tedeschi's voice has been described as a blend of Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin,[8] which she maintains is not surprising given that both have been her influences. Her guitar playing is influenced by Buddy Guy, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King and Doyle Bramhall II. On the album "Just Won't Burn," she lists a multitude of inspirations from various genres. This list includes Irma Thomas, Etta James, Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert, Aretha Franklin, Otis Rush, Ronnie Earl, Otis Clay, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Dennis Montgomery III, Orville Wright, Walter Beasley, Kenya Hathaway, and Mahalia Jackson.

Personal life[edit]

In December 2001, she married Allman Brothers Band slide guitarist Derek Trucks, who is bandleader and lead guitarist of The Derek Trucks Band. Tedeschi and Trucks met in New Orleans when she was the opening act on the Allman Brothers Band's 1999 Summer Tour. They have two children; Charles Khalil Trucks, born in March 2002, is named for saxophonist Charlie Parker, guitarist Charlie Christian, and author Khalil Gibran. Sophia Naima Trucks, born in 2004, takes her unusual middle name from the John Coltrane ballad, which was also the jazz legend's first wife's name. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.[9]

Soul Stew Revival[edit]

Soul Stew Revival at Mizner Park with Derek Trucks December 28, 2007

Tedeschi, with her powerful vocals and Trucks on guitar complement one another, and have toured together frequently under the name "Soul Stew Revival". This includes the members of The Derek Trucks Band, the members of Susan Tedeschi's band, and other musicians who travelled with them, including Trucks' younger brother, drummer Duane Trucks. In 2008, they added a three-piece horn section.

Tedeschi Trucks Band[edit]

In 2010, both Susan Tedeschi and her husband Derek Trucks announced a hiatus for their solo bands, and formed a new group called Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group performed at a number of festivals including Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, Fuji Rock Festival and others. Unlike their previous collaborative project - Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi's Soul Stew Revival - the Tedeschi Trucks Band focuses on writing and performing original material, and is the focus of both Trucks and Tedeschi for the foreseeable future.[10]

Grammy Award nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards won[edit]

Discography[edit]

Collaborations and Guest Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Acclaimed singer Susan Tedeschi comes back home – for a song". PatriotLedger.com. 2009 GateHouse Media, Inc. Some Rights Reserved: The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Massachusetts. 07-03-2009. pp. Creative Commons license SA–BY–NC. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  2. ^ Independent Music Awards - Past Judges
  3. ^ "Our History". Tedeschi Food Stops. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lilith Fair Biography
  5. ^ Sunset Sessions. "Locations & Alumni". Retrieved July 2013. 
  6. ^ Florida Times-Union: February 19, 2003-Jacksonville Grammy-nominee Susan Tedeschi is by Nick Marino
  7. ^ Susan Tedeschi, 2004 Susan Tedeschi: Live from Austin, TX From IMDB Pro
  8. ^ Friss, Gwenn (June 27, 2009 ( 2010 )). "Tedeschi earns Sweet Forgiveness". Cape Cod Times. Cape Cod Media Group, a division of Dow Jones Local Media Group. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Florida Times-Union: December 23, 2008-Derek Trucks: The dude never loses his cool by Matt Soergel
  10. ^ Bryson, Alan. "Susan Tedeschi: Dreams and Legends". All About Jazz. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 

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