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Susan Tedeschi


Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Susan Tedeschi is area of the new era of blues music artists researching to keep the type exciting, vital, and evolving. Tedeschi’s concert events are in no way straight-ahead metropolitan blues. Rather, she openly mixes traditional R&B, blues, and her personal gospel and blues-flavored originals into her units. She’s a, sassy blues belter with musical sensibilities that belie her years. Tedeschi started performing when she was four and currently active in regional choir and theatre in Norwell, a southern suburb of Boston. At 13, she started singing with regional bands and continuing her music research at Berklee, honing her acoustic guitar skills and in addition becoming a member of the Reverence Gospel Outfit. She started the very first incarnation of her blues music group upon graduating in 1991, with vocalist/guitarist Adrienne Hayes, a fellow blues lover whom she fulfilled at the home of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, and Boston-area vocalist Toni Lynn Washington had been Tedeschi’s most significant influences; in beginning her music group, actually, she utilized Washington’s backing music group and hustled up gigs on evenings when Washington and her music group were not currently booked. Given that they started carrying out around Boston’s fertile blues picture, Tedeschi and her music group progressed into a firmly knit, road-ready group, and also have played several main blues celebrations. Guitarist Sean Costello offers since replaced initial guitarist and co-vocalist Hayes, who remaining the group to go after her personal musical passions. The Susan Tedeschi Band’s 1st album, Simply Won’t Burn, premiered around the Boston-based Tone-Cool Information in early 1998. The music group on her behalf debut on Tone-Cool contains guitarist Costello, bassist Jim Lamond, and drummer Tom Hambridge; guitarist Hayes also contributes. Simply Won’t Burn is usually a powerful assortment of originals, and also a dazzling cover of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery.” Tedeschi and music group also perform justice to some tune Ruth Brownish popularized, “Mama, He Goodies Your Little girl Mean,” and Junior Wells’ “Over time.” The properly titled Await Me made an appearance in 2002 and was adopted two years later on by the Disc Live from Austin TX. 2005’s Wish and Desire discovered Tedeschi within the Verve Forecast label; it had been followed up from the stellar Back again to the River. Inside a desire to invest additional time with her spouse Derek Vehicles (who led his personal group and was a guitarist using the Allman Brothers Music group) and their kids, the pair created the soul-blues group the Tedeschi-Trucks Music group, an 11-piece ensemble that also included brothers Oteil and Kofi Burbridge on bass and keyboards, respectively, and drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson. The machine authorized to Sony’s Masterworks imprint and released their debut recording, Revelator in June of of 2011.

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Full Name Susan Tedeschi
Profession Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Education Norwell High School, Berklee College of Music
Nationality American
Spouse Derek Trucks
Children Charles Khalil Trucks, Sophia Naima Trucks
Parents Dick Tedeschi
Music Groups Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Other Ones
Music Songs It Hurt So Bad, Rock Me Right, Looking For Answers, Angel From Montgomery, Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean, Little by Little, You Need to Be With Me, 700 Houses, Lord Protect My Child, The Feeling Music Brings, Wrapped in the Arms of Another, Gonna Move, Revolutionize Your Soul, Hampmotized, Found Someone New, Tired of My Tears, Friar's Point, Blues on a Holiday, Soul of a Man, You Got the Silver, Sweet Forgiveness, Love's in Need of Love Today, Can't Leave You Alone, In the Garden, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, I Fell in Love, Just Won't Burn, Lost Lover Blues, Can't Sleep at Night, There's a Break in the Road, Magnificent Sanctuary Band, Voodoo Woman
Albums Better Days, Just Won't Burn, Wait for Me, Live from Austin, TX, Hope and Desire, Back to the River, Made Up Mind, Let Me Get By, Live from the Fox Oakland
Nominations Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
Movies Queen City, Farm Aid: 20th Anniversary, The Blind Boys of Alabama: Live in New Orleans

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1 Gave birth to her 2nd child, a daughter Sophia Naima Trucks, with her husband Derek Trucks. [2004]
2 Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a son Charles Khalil Trucks in December 2001. Child's father is her husband, Derek Trucks.
3 Has played as a supporting act for The Rolling Stones.
4 Plays guitar.



The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Queen City 2013 performer: "Last Of Her Kind"
Conan 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Bug 2006 performer: "I Fell in Love" 2002 / writer: "I Fell in Love" 2002
Austin City Limits 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dancing at the Blue Iguana 2000 performer: "Looking for Answers" / writer: "Looking for Answers"
Sports Night 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Party of Five 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Tedeschi Trucks Band: Live from the Fox Oakland 2017
Southern Ground Music & Food Festival 2016 TV Movie
Queen City 2013 Maggie Brinker
Tedeschi Trucks Band Live 2012 TV Movie



Sidemen: Long Road to Glory 2016 Documentary Herself
Austin City Limits 1999-2016 TV Series documentary Herself / Herself - Guitar and Vocals
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Herself - Musical Support
Jimi Hendrix Electric Church 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself, Tedeschi Trucks Band
International Jazz Day 2015 Herself
All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman 2014 TV Movie Herself
Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty 2014 Documentary Herself
B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012 Documentary Herself
Basically Frightened: The Musical Madness of Colonel Bruce Hampton 2012 Documentary Herself
Great Performances 2007-2011 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2003-2010 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1999-2010 TV Series Herself - Support Vocalist / Herself
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 Video Herself
Legends & Lyrics 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005-2009 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
2004 Jammys: The Theatre at Madison Square Garden 2004 TV Mini-Series Herself
21st Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards 2000 TV Special Herself

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2000 Grammy Grammy Awards Best New Artist

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1 I love Bonnie (Bonnie Raitt), but the truth is that when I was getting compared to her a while ago, I didn't even have any idea who she was! Of course now that I've heard her music I can see the similarities, which weirdly even extend to things like our birthdays being a day apart. But we both do like a lot of the same singers - people like Howling Wolf (Howlin' Wolf), BB, along with women like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Memphis Minnie and Koko Taylor - so it's bound to show somewhere. Bonnie also likes to take her influences from a whole range of stuff - Cajun, blues, New Orleans, so that when it comes down to it, the only real difference between us is that I have a lot more gospel. Over the years she's managed to carve out a very successful niche where she can get put into a rock category, and then still sit down and play an old blues by Skip James and so cross over more. I totally respect her in that way because you're reaching out for a lot of different audiences but not selling out, it's still all soulful and not like some packaged 'pop' thing. They key is that whether you're a punk rocker or whatever, the important thing is that you do it for the right reasons. I guess that the way I am, and by doing things that way, it's all going against the grain. But it's the only way that I would want to do it.
2 People like B.B. King and Buddy Guy have helped me tremendously and given me some authenticity, something which I consider very important. The last thing that I ever wanted was to be some kind of overnight sensation!
3 When I was up for a Grammy I found the whole thing a little stressful - I was tired of being in a category of people who weren't about music. I was looking in the audience and there were people like B.B. King, Wayne Shorter and Willie Nelson all sitting there, and none of them were up on stage playing. They had Britney Spears, Will Smith and Faith Hill and I was thinking, Please, these people aren't even in key when they're singing. They were all miming and just selling their bodies.
4 Although I started out playing around the blues clubs and I'll never forget just how supportive they were of me and the band, the one good thing about what I do now is that I don't have to be pigeon holed in one area. I know that over in the States I need the support from Triple-A radio stations as well as the AOR channels, something that wouldn't happen if the new album was promoted as just a 'blues' album - because it's not!
5 I find that it's easy to come up with about half the songs you need, but finding the rest can sometimes be a problem. I think that an album should always have a kind of prevailing mood and it should be like a book with chapters that go together; you don't have totally random chapters that have nothing to do with each other in a book, there's always a link.

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