February 27, 2016
The Warner Theater, Washington, DC
By Steve Hefter
The most recent Tedeschi-Trucks band tour stopped at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC for three nights, February 25th-27th. The last night of the stop, as was the case in other cities on the tour, was billed as "An Evening with The Tedeschi-Trucks Band" and that is just what the capacity crowd was treated to: two amazing sets by one of the best live acts out there. TTB's third studio album, Let Me Get By, had just been released on January 29, and the 12 piece powerhouse featured six songs from the new album, including opening the show with "I Want More and "Laugh About It". Every Tedeschi Trucks Band show is packed with a truly grateful and appreciative audience, echoing the kind of loyalty and support I've only witnessed from fans of the Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band. Susan Tedeschi Trucks fronts the band with her stunningly soulful and heart-felt vocals and guitar playing, while Derek Trucks is the quiet leader of the storm. Watching the band mature over the past several years I've noticed Susan's guitar playing evolve, seemingly becoming more precise, and heavier and softer - all at the same time. I'm not sure how Derek Trucks' guitar playing could improve, but each time I see him I'm left with that feeling. He is simply amazing. It's clear that the band works hard on the arrangement of each song, though a casual listener may think a Tedeschi Trucks Band show is completely improvised. I consider that a true accomplishment for the band. Sprinkling in some of their earlier favorites like "Midnight In Harlem" and "Get What You Deserve", for me, the show hit a high with a rocking version of "Break In The Road". The encore was "With A Little Help From My Friends" done in the Mad Dogs and Englishmen style they've incorporated into their shows, and Susan brought the crowd to a remarkable high with her powerful, heart-felt rendition of the classic. I fully expect to the band to be around for many years to come and I'm looking forward to the new places I'm sure they will bring their fans.