Back to the River

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Back to the River
Studio album by
ReleasedOct 28, 2008
LabelVerve Forecast
ProducerGeorge Drakoulias, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi
Susan Tedeschi chronology
Hope and Desire
Back to the River
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Back to the River is the seventh studio album by blues musician Susan Tedeschi, released October 28, 2008, on Verve Forecast.

Production was handled by Tedeschi herself and her husband Derek Trucks, with George Drakoulias co-producing all tracks except "Butterfly". Upon its debut, Back to the River received favorable reviews from music critics. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Blues Albums.


The album has received positive reception from critics. In a review for AllMusic, Steve Leggett praised Tedeschi's improved songwriting and called her singing "a wonderful instrument, strong and hushed by turns."[1] The album was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, her fifth Grammy nomination to date, but lost to her husband's Already Free.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Talking About"Susan Tedeschi, Doyle Bramhall II, Derek Trucks4:21
2."700 Houses"John Leventhal, Ted Pecchio, Tedeschi4:36
3."Back to the River"Tedeschi, Tony Joe White3:55
4."Love Will"Tedeschi, Trucks, Tommy Sims3:47
5."Butterfly"Tedeschi, Trucks4:06
6."People"Tedeschi, Sonya Kitchell3:25
7."Learning the Hard way"Tedeschi, Gary Louris4:37
8."Revolutionize Your Soul"Leventhal, Tedeschi4:44
9."True"William Green, Ronald Perry, Jeff Sipe, Tedeschi3:20
10."There's a Break in the Road"Allen Toussaint3:26
11."Can't Sleep at Night"Tedeschi3:51
Total length:44:08

Note: The vinyl edition omits "There's a Break in the Road".


  • Susan Tedeschi – vocals, guitar
  • Tyler Greenwell – drums, percussion
  • Ted Pecchio – bass guitar
  • Matt Slocum – keyboards, piano
  • Dave Yoke – guitar
  • Derek Trucks – guitar
  • Gary Louris – guitar, background vocals
  • Alex Budman – saxophone
  • Rob Hardt – saxophone
  • Jamie Horvorka – trumpet
  • Jeremy Levy – trombone
  • Kyle Newmaster – trumpet
  • George Drakoulias – background vocals, percussion
  • Julia Waters – background vocals
  • Maxine Willard Waters – background vocals
  • Brendan O'Brien – guitar
  • Josh Schwartz – guitar
  • Robert Walter – clavinet



Chart (2008) Peak
US Billboard 200[3] 71
US Blues Albums (Billboard)[3] 1


  1. ^ a b Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Tedeschi, Susan (1999–2008). "Susan Tedeschi". official website. Verve Music Group. Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Back to the River – Susan Tedeschi > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 26, 2011.

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