About three songs into the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s set Saturday night at Jacobs Pavilion, singer Susan Tedeschi introduced her husband to the crowd: “Making up new sounds on the guitar every night — ladies and gentlemen, Derek Trucks!”
After the applause died down, it was no mistake who the star is.
“To me, a lot of guitarists fall back on the same few tricks night in and night out,” Trucks said of his new band’s philosophy before the show. “But we’re looking for a feeling, and we’re always trying to express something.”
His solos were rewarded with standing ovations and cheers from the crowd throughout the night.
But even as his scary-good slide guitar chops tend to be the elephant in the room, the band still manages a cohesion that firmly pegs Tedeschi’s powerful vocals as the linchpin of their sound.
The band is an 11-piece crew, complete with silky horn section, an organ pushing an old-school Leslie rotating speaker, duel drummers, and Mike Mattison of the Derek Trucks Band on backing vocals.
With the Allman Brothers’ musical legacy intact, the Trucks family and their ultra-talented friends are doing a pretty good job of creating their own.
Standout moment of the night: a super-funky Sly and the Family Stone medley as an encore. —Ryan Young