Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the Beacon Theatre on Friday night for the group’s second of seven shows over the next week and change.
While the opening night on Thursday was marked by special guests—from Nels Cline to Chris Robinson—Friday’s two-set, “evening with” Tedeschi Trucks Band show was all about the power and versatility of the recently reunited twelve-piece unit.
Set one got underway with a spirited pairing of “High and Mighty” and “I Want More” before the band paid homage to friends, collaborators, and one-time Wheels of Soul tour-mates The Wood Brothers with a cover of “Smoke Ring Halo”.
Next, Susan Tedeschi led the way on TTB’s first-ever performance of “Outside Woman Blues”, the Blind Joe Reynolds blues classic later popularized by Cream on 1967’s Disraeli Gears. While the band has been channeling Eric Clapton on a regular basis in support of the new live Layla tribute LP, this homage to a different era of Clapton came as a welcome surprise.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Outside Woman Blues” (Blind Joe Reynolds/Cream, Debut) – 10/1/21
After a run through “Right On Time”, Mike Mattison took the reins from the vocal riser on his original tune, “Life Is Crazy”, as the horn section laid down some celebratory, NOLA-style accompaniment and keyboardist Gabe Dixon added a nimble organ solo. Finally, a fiery “Just As Strange”/”Idle Wind” combo gave Derek Trucks a chance to let loose ahead of the intermission.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Idle Wind” – 10/1/21
The band returned for set two with Let Me Get By favorite “Laugh About It” before diving into a pair of Layla tracks, “Bell Bottom Blues” and “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad”.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Bell Bottom Blues” (Derek and the Dominos) – 10/1/21
After a sassy take on “Don’t Let Me Slide” and a gritty “Whiskey Legs”, Tedeschi Trucks Band moved into one of its staple covers, John Prine classic “Angel From Montgomery”. While TTB usually performs “Angel” in tandem with the Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree”, the band had a surprise in store at the Beacon. Rather than moving into “Sugaree”, the Prine cover found its way into a flowing rendition of Neil Young classic “Helpless”, another Tedeschi Trucks debut.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Helpless” (Neil Young, Debut) – 10/1/21
From there, Mattison once again moved into the spotlight for a stellar reading of Charles Segar‘s “Key To The Highway”, which also appears on Layla, before closing the set with an emphatic “Bound For Glory”.
The band returned for the encore and thanked the crowd for joining in on the festivities once again before delivering a two-song curtain call of Titus Turner‘s “Sticks and Stones” and Junior Wells‘ “Little By Little”.
Listen to a full audio recording of Friday’s Tedeschi Trucks Band show at the Beacon Theatre below via edtyre2.
Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2021 Beacon Theatre residency continues tonight, Saturday, October 2nd, with another two-set performance. For a full list of upcoming shows, head here.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – The Beacon Theatre – `10/1/21 – Full Audio
Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/1/21
Set One: High & Mighty, I Want More, Smoke Ring Halo (The Wood Brothers), Outside Woman Blues (Blind Joe Reynolds/Cream), Right On Time, Life Is Crazy (Mike Mattison), Just As Strange, Idle Wind
Set Two: Laugh About It, Bell Bottom Blues (Derek and the Dominos), Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (Derek and the Dominos), Don’t Let Me Slide, Whiskey Legs, Angel From Montgomery (John Prine) > Helpless (Neil Young), Key To The Highway (Charles Segar/Derek and the Dominos), Bound For Glory
Encore: Sticks and Stones (Titus Turner), Little By Little (Junior Wells)