Last night, Tedeschi Trucks Band hit the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee with guitarist Jack Pearson. The show was a scorcher from the get-go, with the band opening with Joe Cocker’s “Space Captain” to the delight of the sold-out house. From there, the band took those lucky enough to be in attendance on a journey, holding nothing back as they moved through “Anyhow,” “Don’t Know What It Means,” and “Let Me Get By.” After a cover of George Harrison’s “Isn’t It A Pity,” the band busted out “Leavin’ Trunk” into “Volunteer Slavery,” a combo that has been played four times since it was debuted two months ago in early December.
Following “Volunteer Slavery,” the band moved into a spacey instrumental jam accompanied by Jack Pearson, which dropped suddenly into “The Storm.” With incredible vocals on the part of Susan Tedeschi, she opened the song before taking a step back to allow the two incredible guitarists, Jack Pearson and Derek Trucks, take centerstage. The chemistry between the two was electric, as the two traded off transcendent solos between each other. Moving out of “The Storm,” which clocked in at over fifteen minutes long, the Tedeschi Trucks Band took on a cover of George Jones’ “Color Of Blues.” “When I’m Gone” moved into Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew How To Be Free,” a stand-out track during whose vocals were lead by Mike Mattison.
From that point on til the end of the set, the band really began to heat up. “Rollin And Tumblin” made way for a soulful cover of B.B. King’s “How Blue Can You Get.” A fierce “I Want More” followed, before the last song of the set, Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice,” during which Derek Trucks’ guitar mastery left the audience on a high. After a short break, the band returned and ready to close out the night “Statesboro Blues,” with Susan Tedeschi holding nothing back for the vocals and the bluesy number taking on a fierce yet airy tone.
You can check out the full setlist below, as well as videos from last night’s show in Chattanooga. Tonight, Tedeschi Trucks Band will be moving on to Savannah, Georgia, where they will play the Johnny Mercer Theatre. More information about future tour dates can be found on the band’s website.
Watch Tedeschi Trucks Band show opener, “Space Captain,” courtesy of Dan Vaughan.
Watch Jack Pearson join the Tedeschi Trucks Band during “The Storm,” courtesy youtube user BamaWrangler.
Watch the show’s encore, “Statesboro Blues,” courtesy of Mitchell Frank.