Tedeschi Trucks Band bid Farewell to its I Am The Moon project on Friday with the release of the fourth and final chapter. I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell finishes the four-album, multi-media project the 12-piece ensemble began back in June.
Beginning with the melancholy-tinged New Orleans second line waltz of “Last Night In The Rain”, Farewell develops its unique rhythm like the three previous I Am The Moon installments: Crescent, Ascension, and The Fall. The album then takes a somber downswing through “Soul Sweet Song” before the tranquility of “D’gary” where guitarist Derek Trucks gets to shine with a reserved solo. Following “Where Are My Friends?”, which Derek and Susan Tedeschi wrote with frequent collaborator Doyle Bramhall II, the album rounds out with Susan’s acoustic warmth on the penultimate “I Can Feel You Smiling” before finally bidding a bittersweet Farewell on “Another Day”.
Music journalist David Fricke wrote of Farewell in the album’s liner notes,
Farewell – the final record in the groundbreaking studio release by Tedeschi Trucks Band, I Am The Moon – concludes a remarkable adventure and new beginning for the group, now in its 12th year as America’s premier rock & roll big band: four distinct and, at the same time, deeply connected albums with a total of 24 original songs capturing the power of devotion in a time of crisis and separation, with a renewed energy in collective songwriting and performance. Opening with the lusty confrontation of “Last Night In The Rain” and ending with the rousing benediction “Another Day,” Farewell is “a wish of well-being at parting,” as one dictionary defines that word – with more road and love ahead.
Stream the new Tedeschi Trucks Band album, I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell, below or on your preferred platform. The band is currently in the midst of the Wheels of Soul tour with support from Los Lobos and keyboard player Gabe Dixon who opens the show with a set from his solo band. Visit the band’s website for tickets and a full list of tour dates.
Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell