Tedeschi Trucks Band wrapped up their six-night run at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday night, marking their 27th performance at the New York City venue to date. Billed as another Evening With, fans were treated to two full sets of rock-and-roll originals, covers, and sit-ins from the one-and-only Trey Anastasio. The Phish frontman helped the 12-piece ensemble close out their second set with a pair of covers, “Delta Lady” by Leon Russell, in which he sang lead vocals on, and a 33+ minute “Mountain Jam” for the books.
Marking the first time Trucks and Anastasio have collaborated since with the Allman Brothers Band at the 2014 Wanee, the moment was especially savored in the setting of the Beacon Theatre–a venue the Allman Brothers Band had played over 200 times. With the recent passings of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, the ABB song was an especially poignant choice. It was also the debut version from Tedeschi Trucks Band, which soared between various versions of the composition–including early Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain” and inspiration from the Grateful Dead and Herbie Mann renditions, as JamBase notes–with an extended “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” mid-section. Certainly an interesting take on the beloved instrumental, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummers J.J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell were each given plentiful space for their individual remarks, morphing the performance into a space-shifting presentation of a song with many legs. While Anastasio has been known to hold back in this shared stage space before, he visibly pushed through to match guitar hero Derek Trucks in what became a patiently-timed, glorious dual between the two. Still, it was obvious who the leader on stage was–understandably, and respectfully–as Trey used the experience to appreciatively soak in the glory of the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Ahead of Trey’s sit-in, the husband-and-wife duo led their machine through an energetic evening of music that, unlike Friday night’s setlist, relied heavily on their original tunes. Timeless favorites “Midnight In Harlem” and “Do I Look Worried” settled hearts amongst raging numbers “Don’t Know What It Means” and “The Storm.” The band has a unique ability to reinvent old tunes in their own way, so covers of Derek and the Dominos, Toots & The Maytals, Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, George Harrison, The Box Tops, Billy Taylor, and Leon Russell feel as if they could appropriately exist on proper Tedeschi Trucks Band records. Their influences are transcendental to the songwriting of the band, and shine through in their live interpretations night after night. As if its an education for their widespread audience, Derek and Susan continue to deliver the gospel of southern rock, the delta blues, and straight-up soul to their fanbase across the world.
Following the unexpected sit-in, Susan Tedeschi returned to the stage with Kofi Burbridge for a heartfelt version of “A Song For You” by Leon Russell. Fans were appreciative of the fact, considering the keyboardist’s recent health scare that took him off the road for the last three months. The band joined the duo to close the final night with their original “Bound For Glory.” Tedeschi Trucks Band has a few weeks off before they return to the road on November 3 with Hard Working Americans. Full tour schedule here.
You can watch complete videos of “Delta Lady” and “Mountain Jam” below, courtesy of Marc Millman:
Watch more videos from Saturday night’s performance below, courtesy of Sean Roche:
Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Beacon Theatre | New York City, NY | 10/14/17
Keep On Growing (Derek and the Dominos), Made Up My Mind, Until You Remember, Sailing on (Toots & The Maytals), Part Of Me, Midnight In Harlem, Don’t Know What It Means, How Blue Can You Get? (Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers), The Storm
II: Don’t Let Me Slide, Do I Look Worried, Chevrolet (Lonnie Young, Ed Young, Lonnie Young Jr.), Isn’t It A Pity (George Harrison), The Letter (Box Tops), I Want More, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (Billy Taylor), Delta Lady (Leon Russell)*, Mountain Jam (Allman Brothers)*
E: A Song For You (Leon Russell), Bound For Glory
*w/ Trey Anastasio
[Photo by Marc Lowenstein]