On Saturday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band completed their winter tour with a performance at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC. Following a show the previous night featuring a number of tracks from their recently released album, Signs, and some help from The Marcus King Band, Saturday’s show put the focus back on the band’s tried-and-true live repertoire, forgoing sit-ins and material from the new album. As many fans have noticed, the tour-closing setlist mirrored the set they played on 12/1/18 in Boston—their final show with longtime multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge, who passed away last month at the age of 57.
The show’s first frame got underway with renditions of Jimmy Cliff‘s “Sitting In Limbo”, the band’s own Let Me Get By track “Don’t Know What It Means”, and The Box Tops‘ “The Letter”. “Part of Me” and “It’s So Heavy” came next, before a trio of covers (Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk”, Rahsaan Roland Kirk‘s “Volunteered Slavery”, and Charles Segar‘s “Key to the Highway”) kept the lively show moving. The band capped the first set with a lengthy gust of “Idle Wind” featuring a full-band jam surrounding “Rastaman Chant”, much like the one included in the “Idle Wind” from their album release celebration in Brooklyn last month.
Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the stage for their second set with a rendition of Dr. John‘s “I Walk On Gilded Splinters” followed by a particularly mesmerizing rendition of “Midnight In Harlem” that built from a trance-like hum to an explosive peak courtesy of Derek Trucks‘ guitar wizardry. “Laugh About It” and “I Want More” came next, followed by another run of go-to covers including The Four Tops‘ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever”, Allen Toussaint‘s “Get Out of My Life, Woman”, and their classic pairing of John Prine‘s “Angel From Montgomery” and the Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree”. To close out the set, the band worked through yet another fan-favorite pairing of their own “The Storm” and the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Whipping Post”, providing a fittingly climatic close to a memorable performance. Finally, the band returned to the stage to put the icing on the cake with a two-song encore featuring yet another Dylan cover (“Going, Going, Gone”) and Litte Milton‘s “More and More”.
Below, you can listen to full audience audio recordings of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Asheville tour closer as well as the 12/1/18 show with Kofi Burbridge that inspired it:
Tedeschi Trucks Band – 3/2/19 – Full Audio
[Audio taped by George Hodges Jr.]
Tedeschi Trucks Band – 12/1/18 – Full Audio
[Audio taped by Bob Hundertmark]
After taking the next month off from the road, Tedeschi Trucks Band will head across the pond for their spring European tour beginning on April 2nd in Paris, France. For a full list of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here.
Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Thomas Wolfe Auditorium | Asheville, NC | 3/2/19
Set One: Sitting In Limbo, Don’t Know What It Means > The Letter, Part of Me, It’s So Heavy, Leaving Trunk > Volunteered Slavery, Key to the Highway, Idle Wind*
Set Two: I Walk on Gilded Splinters, 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
Encore: Going, Going, Gone, More and More
“Rastaman Chant” jam/quotes