Without an opening act, Tedeschi Trucks Band played a lengthy two-set show with all the glorious goodness that spans this incredible twelve-piece band’s illustrious career. Many old school songs appeared on the setlist including six arrangements from the band’s debut album and a couple of other selections from the Derek Trucks Band’s catalog. For the second consecutive night, Tedeschi Trucks Band took a juicy chomp out of the Jersey coastline, devouring a small Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre, formerly known as the Count Basie Theater, in Red Bank, New Jersey.

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Kicking off the night, Tedeschi Trucks Band dug into their roots, opening with “Don’t Let Me Slide” off their 2011 studio debut, Revelator. “Laugh About It”, the second track on 2016’s Let Me Get By, was played next before moving into a cover of Eric Clapton’s “Bell Bottom Blues”—as arranged by Derek & the Dominos.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Bell Bottom Blues” – 1/29/20

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Mike Mattison meshed his gravelly vocals with Derek Trucks’ slide guitar for a bluesy take on Bob Dylan’s “Down in the Flood” that was dirtier than the Mississippi River.  This tune has appeared as the opening track on Derek Trucks Band’s 2009 album, Already Free.  Susan Tedeschi returned to center stage to show off her powerful voice with “Hard Case”, off 2019’s Signs.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Down In The Flood” – 1/29/20

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Returning to 2011’s beloved Revelator, “Learn How to Love You”—featuring a fiery saxophone solo by Kebbi Williams—preceded a passionate “Until You Remember.”  Mike Mattison stepped back to the front of the stage to perform a spirited rendition of “Get What You Deserve”.  The song also appears on the 2009 Derek Trucks Band album, Already Free.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Learn How To Love” – 1/29/20

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To wrap up the hour-long first set, TTB performed an extensive rundown of “Idle Wind” from 2013’s Made Up Mind.  The expanded structure allowed Gabe Dixon on piano, as well as the trio of brass instruments—Kebbi Williams on saxophone, Ephraim Owens on trumpet, and Elizabeth Lea on trombone—space to improvise and flourish.  The song was stripped down to its barebones foundation as the drummers, Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson, built the jam back up with each section of the band stepping back in, one-by-one, to knock this first set closer out of the park.  Derek’s scorching slide guitar was omnipresent throughout the entire evening, but especially in the last three songs of the set.  Vocalists Mark Rivers and Mike Mattison sported shakers and an acoustic guitar, respectively.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Idle Wind” – 1/29/20

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Returning to the stage, TTB stoked the set break embers with a badass opening selection of “Do I Look Worried?”, from 2013’s Made Up Mind, before Mattison led the band through a blistering cover of “Walk on Guilded Splinters”.  The roaring fire onstage set the theater’s chairs ablaze as the audience jumped to their feet during the impassioned tribute to recently deceased New Orleans’ icon, Dr. John a.k.a Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Do I Look Worried?” – 1/29/20

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Reverting back into Made Up Mind, the band performed “Part of Me”.  The original featured a vocal dance between Alecia Chakour and Susan Tedeschi, a sizzlin’ Derek Trucks guitar solo, and a horn solo that began with Kebbi’s sax and was later joined in by Ephraim’s trumpet and Elizabeth’s trombone.  Mark Rivers took front and center for a heartfelt duet with Tedeschi throughout “Shelter”, the fourth cut from 2011’s Revelator.  Trucks met them note for note with his slide.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Shelter” – 1/29/20

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The six brass musicians and vocalists on stage departed as the remaining sextet nailed a cover of Elmore James’s “Sky is Crying”.  Trucks—after carving deep rhythms with his slide—handed the baton over to his wife to display her blues-infused guitar chops.  Susan’s voice and guitar work left little to be desired.  The tears kept flowing for a take on the original “Crying Over You” from 2016’s Let Me Get By. 

Trucks’ slide introduced a soaring “Midnight in Harlem” that brought grown men to their knees.  The fifth cut from Revelator was a short and sweet version, but observers outside the venue reported that a bright, white light shone through the cracks and cold concrete.  Susan, overcoming a head cold, dished out a hearty helpin’ of “Lovin’ You”.  The arrangement was written by Minnie Riperton and Richard Rudolph and produced by Stevie Wonder.  At the end of the performance, Susan gave credit to Stevie Wonder.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Midnight In Harlem” – 1/29/20

[Video: Evan Pragliola]

Mattison and Rivers returned to the front of the stage for a whirlwind take on Little Milton‘s “More and More”Alecia Chakour picked up a tambourine to keep the beat and assist the other vocalists. To close out the second frame, Gabe Dixon’s keys and Derek’s slide introduced the sixth selection off Revelator, a jubilant “Bound for Glory”.  Susan danced in the back to the harmonious melodies of Dixon’s church organ while Mattison’s broken whiskey bottle vocals chased Trucks’ slide up and down his fretboard. Once again, the song was completely stripped down to a bare minimum as near silence was achieved in a faux death.  The energy was resurrected by Chakour’s isolated vocals, which have proven time and time again could outmatch an entire church choir.

Upon return for an encore, Mattison shone through the recently debuted cover of Funkadelic’s bass-heavy cut of “Good to your Earhole”, from 1975’s Let’s Take it to the Stage album.  Brandon Boone brought the noise, showing off the mighty power of his instrument as the band and crowd sang along.

With an early flight to the United Kingdom in the morning and Susan still recovering from a cold, the band thanked the audience and departed for the night.  With a concluding tidbit of maternal advice, Susan advised the audience to “always wash your hands” and departed the still smoldering stage.

Listen to the band’s entire performance from Wednesday via the audio player below.

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Count Basie Center for the Arts [Full-Show Audio] – 1/28/20

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Below, check out a setlist from the performance in addition to a gallery of photos courtesy of photographer Zachary Belfer.

Tedeschi Trucks Band is performing at London’s Wembley Arena on February 1st before returning to the good ol’ U.S. of A. for an action-packed February. Click here for tickets and more tour information.

Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre | Red Bank, NJ | 1/29/20

Set One: Don’t Let Me Slide, Laugh About It, Bell Bottom Blues[1], Down in the Flood[2], Hard Case, Learn How to Love, Until You Remember, Get What You Deserve, Idle Wind

Set Two: Do I Look Worried, I Walk on Guilded Splinters[3], Part of Me, Shelter, The Sky Is Crying[4], Crying Over You, Midnight in Harlem, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever[5], More and More[6], Bound For Glory

Encore: Good to Your Earhole[7]


[1] Derek and the Dominos

[2] Bob Dylan

[3] Dr. John

[4] Elmore James

[5] Minnie Riperton & Richard Rudolph

[6] Little Milton

[7] Funkadelic

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