Tedeschi Trucks Band celebrated their final performance of 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre in Bostom, MA last night, capping the three-night run with two full sets of straight TTB fire. The twelve-piece rock ensemble had no opening support and welcomed no special guests for their final send-off, providing the audience with their final Evening with Tedeschi Trucks Band.
After two nights of blues-rock bliss, the husband-and-wife duo set sail with their signature mix of originals and covers. Pulling from their eight-year career, Tedeschi Trucks Band wove together the sounds of their songbook (“Don’t Know What It Means”, “Part Of Me”, “It’s So Heavy”, “Idle Wind”) with covers–that if you didn’t know they were covers would be mistaken for TTB originals–including Jimmy Cliff‘s “Sittin in Limbo” opener, The Box Tops‘ “The Letter”, Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk”, and Charles Segar‘s “Key to the Highway”.
For their second set, TTB continued to mix the sounds of their influencers with the sounds of their own–creating an incendiary flow of music that had the entire audience salivating for more. Starting off with their own rendition of Dr. John‘s “I Walk on Gilded Splinters”, the band brought it back to center stage for a medley of “Little Martha” by the Allman Brothers Band, carried by Derek Trucks on guitar, into 2011 favorite “Midnight In Harlem”, once again showcasing the miraculous vocals of Susan Tedeschi. From there, the band kept things in-house with two more originals, “Laugh About It” and “I Want More”, both from their most recent album, 2016’s Let Me Get By.
The second half of the second set surrounded a variety of covers, including the Four Tops‘ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever”, Allen Toussaint‘s “Get Out of My Life, Woman”, and John Prine‘s “Angel From Montgomery”, which segued into a beautiful “Sugaree” by the Grateful Dead. The band launched into their own “The Storm”, perfectly leading into the Allman Brothers Band‘s energetically-charged “Whipping Post” to close the show–highlighted by the unparalleled playing by bassist Tim Lefebvre.
For their encore, Tedeschi Trucks Band presented another pair of covers: “Going, Going, Gone” by Bob Dylan and “More and More” by Little Milton.
[Video: Erin Doherty]
Tedeschi Trucks Band – 12/1/18 – Full Show
Next year is already looking large for TTB, with a new studio album slated for early 2019 and a long list of tour dates already on the schedule. For a full list of already-announced 2019 Tedeschi Trucks Band shows, head to the band’s website.
Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 12/1/18
I: Sitting in Limbo, Don’t Know What It Means, The Letter, Part of Me, It’s So Heavy, Leaving Trunk, Key to the Highway, Idle Wind
II: I Walk on Gilded Splinters, Little Martha / Midnight In Harlem, Laugh About It, I Want More, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Get Out Of My Life, Woman, Angel From Montgomery / Sugaree, The Storm, Whipping Post
E: Going, Going Gone, More and More