The Tedeschi Trucks Band brought its collaborative brand of blues-rock magic to the Tobin Center on Thursday night to a sold out, highly attentive crowd.
Guitar hero Derek Trucks famously joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1999 at age 19, having guested with the group previously and grown up around its music via his uncle, drummer Butch Trucks. Singer-songwriter Susan Tedeschi was a successful solo artist in her own right. She married Derek Trucks in 2001 and they merged their respective bands in 2010.
A tight-but-largely-uneventful opening set from contemporary blues and soul band Southern Avenue opened the evening before Tedeschi Trucks took the stage just before 9 p.m. The visual setup was muted. The band relied only on gear and a typical light show, letting the music serve as the main source of fireworks. TTB did have a low-key backdrop, however, unsettlingly reminiscent of a Windows 95 version of the cover of the new Tool album.
Tedeschi and Trucks are the clear leaders and stars of the band. It might be easy to sum them up superficially by saying “she sings and he plays the guitar solos,” but that’s not really accurate. For one, Tedeschi holds her own on the guitar, especially considering her husband’s stature and talent. On top of that, their playing and performance style is more of a duet.