Top 10 Tedeschi Trucks Band Songs

Tedeschi Trucks Band Songs

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Our Top 10 Top 10 Tedeschi Trucks Band Songs list focuses on the material released by the Tedeschi Trucks Band over the past ten years. We have been fans of the solo careers of both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi going back many years. The merger of these brilliant solo talents along with the addition of their former band members in forming this  fabulous 11-piece group called the Tedeschi Trucks Band has been one of the highlights of the past 10 years in the music industry. As of 2021, the group has released three studio albums and two Smoking live albums. That’s not bad over the course of just 10 years. Early on, Derek Trucks were still playing the guitar along with Warren Haynes in the Allman Brothers Band. However, since the ending of The Allman Brothers Band it seems Derek Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi have put everything they got to continue on in this killer band.

Our our top 10 Tedeschi Trucks Band Songs list looks back at the songs the group has released both on their live albums and studio recordings. There’s so many great live tracks and studio songs that we went through to pick 10 to present. It wasn’t easy. However if you’re new to this band we hope this article will help showcase how great these musicians are and push you into  looking into the rest of their catalog.

# 10 – Come See About Me

We open up our top 10 Tedeschi Trucks Band Songs list with the great track “Come See About Me.” It’s the perfect song to open this list with. The song was released on the band’s first album entitled Revelator. The album was released in 2011. “Come See About Me,” was also placed as the album’s opening cut. The song opens instantly with the great guitar work of Derek Trucks and then slams right into Susan Tedeschi’s brilliant soulful blues infused vocal. In 10 seconds its welcome to the sound of the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

The song “Come See About Me,” is a Tedeschi Trucks Band original. It was written by Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Tyler Greenwell, Mike Mattison and Theodore Pecchio. The song’s infectious guitar lick and feel good old school groove was simply to die for. It instantly established this band as a welcome reprieve from all the other musical nonsense that was being released in 2011. Great new rock and blues songs played by real musicians sung with soul and groove. Amen!

The band on the Revelator album consisted off musicians Derek Trucks on lead guitar, Susan Tedeschi on guitar and lead vocals,  Oteil Burbridge on bass, Kofi Burbridge  on keys, Tyler Greenwell and J. J. Johnson on drums and percussion, Kebbi Williams on saxophone, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown on trumpet, Saunders Sermons on trombone and Mike Mattison  and Mark Rivers on backing vocals.

# 9 – Anyhow

Continuing with our Top 10 Tedeschi Trucks Band Songs list we turn to their classic song “Anyhow.”  The song was originally released on the album Let Me Get By. It was the band’s third studio album. It was released in 2016. The song “Anyhow,” was placed as the album’s opening cut. The song was written by Mike Mattison, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.

Derek Trucks starts this one with some great guitar strumming, while Susan Tedeschi howls in the background giving us chills. The sound of the drums steps in and lights it all up. The backing vocals give the song warmth. It’s amazing how great all of this sounds wrapped in a composition so beautifully written.

The personal on the Let Me Get By album differed slightly form the musicians we just listed on this lists’ opening cut from their first album. It had been five years gone by since the release of their first album. The Let Me Get By record featured in the band Derek Trucks on lead guitar, Susan Tedeschi on guitar and lead vocals,  Tim Lefebvre on bass, Kofi Burbridge on keys, Tyler Greenwell and J. J. Johnson on drums and percussion, Kebbi Williams on saxophone, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and Ephraim Owens on trumpet,  Elizabeth Lea on trombone and Mike Mattison, Mark Rivers and Alecia Chakour on backing vocals.

# 8 – Keep On Growing

This song is so perfectly titled because that’s exactly what the band does with its musical arrangements of this classic song. The legendary song “Keep On Growing,” is given much respect with the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s version of this famous Eric Clapton and Bobby Whitlock song. The band are all in on this one. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi play some great solos. The vocals duets between Susan Tedeschi and other members of the band are out of sight. It cooks, it kills, it chills, it fills. Yeah, we get a little excited writing about music this darn good. Help me mama ! The song was released on the band’s live album entitled Live From The Fox Oakland. The double album was released in 2017.

# 7 – The Storm

It was so hard to choose only ten songs for this Top 10 Tedeschi Trucks Band Songs list. Even though the band does not have a large catalog of music to pull from, the fact is that what they have released is all simply stunning. Four studio albums and two live records that stand as some of the best music of the 21st century. The song presented here at number seven entitled “The Storm,” is from the album Made Up Mind. This one starts out with a furious guitar lick by Derek Trucks carried along with some great drum work until it all slams into the brilliance of Susan Tedeschi’s vocals chops. This one is down and dirty blues rock. Love it …..how could you not? The chord changes from blues to jazz in the song’s mid sections are to die for when Derek Trucks lays down those solos unlike anyone else in the business. Did we say how much we love this one, did we, did we?

# 6 – Don’t Know What It Means

And they just keep getting better and better….. The song “Don’t Know What It Means” was the opening track on the group’s grand live album Live from the Fox Oakland. Everyone’s involved in this one right from the start. On this smoking live album released in 2017 the band consisted off Derek Trucks on lead guitar, Susan Tedeschi on guitar and lead vocals, Tim Lefebvre on bass, Kofi Burbridge  on keys, Tyler Greenwell and J. J. Johnson on drums and percussion, Kebbi Williams on saxophone, Ephraim Owens on trumpet, Elizabeth Lea on trombone and Mike Mattison on guitar and vocals and Mark Rivers and Alecia Chakour on backing vocals.

# 5 – Shame

This one starts out as heavy as it gets. Great guitar work by Derek Trucks and some killer horn riffs just blow up this opening. Susan Tedeschi brings it all home with that golden blues voice. This one rolls up and down like a boat cruising over some heavy waves. The intensity is up and down as dynamic as it gets. It’s emotional, powerful and thrilling. It’s a trip worth taking. No one is making music like this anymore. If this was 1968, the band would have been as big as Cream.  The song “Shame,” was released on the album Signs. It was released in 2019.

# 4 – Midnight in Harlem

Once again we turn to the band’s début album RevelatorOne of the album’s most popular songs and a fan favorite is the killer cut “Midnight In Harlem.” The song was written by Mike Mattison and Derek Trucks. This tender songs was perfect for Susan Tedeschi to lay into. While Tedeschi can whale with the best of them on the screeching rockers, her vocals performances on the ballads are second to none. “Midnight In Harlem’s” popularity helped drive sales of this record in 2011. The song received a tremendous amount of airplay.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator album was a godsend for the music industry and its fans. The album was widely accepted by everyone and even earned a Grammy Award for the Best Blues Album. Released on Sony Records, the band was also helped by the power of promotion from one of the most powerful companies in the world. It also allowed the group to maintain their size of an eleven piece outfit. Large bands like that are a reflection back to the days when groups like Chicago and Earth Wind & Fire performed with large outfits.

 

# 3 – Darling Be Home Soon

This may be Derek Trucks greatest guitar solo of all time. Its tough to make a statement like that because has has done so many. But this one just feels extra special.  You need to stop everything your doing and just listen to this entire performance.

# 2 – Leaving Trunk

One last time we turn to the fabulous live album Live From The Fox Oakland. The song “Leaving Trunk,” was written by Sleepy John Estes. It’s the only song on this top 10 Tedeschi Trucks Band Songs to not feature Susan Tedeschi on lead vocal. This one sound’s probably closer to the Allman Brothers than most of the band’s other material. Its a party jam with some incredible guitar solos and a great grooving horn section that makes you jump right our of your seat. Mike Mattison delivers a soaring vocal on this one.

# 1 – Everybody’s Talkin’

We close out our top 10 Tedeschi Trucks Band Songs with the group’s clever and very original cover version of the classic song Everybody’s Talkin’  The song was released on the band’s first live album also entitled Everybody’s Talkin’  The live album was released in 2012. It is not common for most bands to release a live album after only releasing one studio album, but with the release of Everybody’s Talkin’  the band was making a statement that everyone already knew… the Tedeschi Trucks Band was all about the live experience.

The song Everybody’s Talkin’ was originally written by Fred Neil. The song was turned into a big time hit when it was recorded by Harry Nilsson in 1969. The song was placed in the movie Midnight Cowboy starring Dustin Hoffman. The song won a Grammy Award. The Tedeschi Trucks Band version took the song in a complete different direction. It become not so much a jam band exploration of the song but rather an extended version that crossed many musical genres while delivering one of the greatest Tedeschi Trucks Band recordings on record.

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