What an album. Rolling Stone magazine called this band the ‘best family band since Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett’ but I think they’re better. Much better. There’s no doubt Delaney and Bonnie were absolutely fantastic towards the end of the 1960’s and I’m a big fan of their music, but this album hits the spot more for me.
I absolutely love The Derek Trucks Band and Susan Tedeschi as individual bands so to find out they were coming together to record an album really got me excited. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy, and it’s wonderful. The album is extremely fresh sounding, and you just know they had fun recording it as it shines through on every single track.
- Come See About Me
- Don’t Let Me Slide
- Midnight In Harlem
- Bound For Glory
- Simple Things
- Until You Remember
- Ball And Chain
- These Walls
- Learn How To Love
- Shrimp And Grits (Interlude)
- Love Has Something Else To Say
The first track ‘Come See About Me’ begins with some fantastic blues slide guitar with drums before the rest of the band come in a few seconds later. It’s a great start to the album with a fantastic groove. Even on the first track, you know you’re listening to something special. ‘Don’t Let Me Slide’ contains some of the best slide guitar you’ll ever hear, and shows why Derek Trucks is the best slide guitarist in the world. His solo is divine. ‘Midnight In Harlem’ is a more laid back track with a relaxed groove and contains a fantastic hammond organ part throughout. The band played this track at last years Crossroads Guitar Festival where it was without a doubt one of the highlights of the entire event.
‘Bound For Glory’ begins with a very simple sounding guitar part before horns and drums come in along with the vocals. Susan Tedeschi is one of the best singers in the world today, she has a magical voice and it really shines on this track. ‘Simple Things’ is a track that definitely mixed blues and soul and takes you back to Delaney and Bonnie and Friends of the late 1960’s. The 6 minute ‘Until You Remember’ opens with a brass section and from then on the track builds and builds until it goes back to the original quiet volume of the start. It’s a great track. ‘Ball And Chain’ and ‘These Walls’ are two of the best songs of the album, the latter starting like an Indian mantra and the former containing some great slide work.
‘Learn How To Love’ features Derek on a Gibson Firebird (as seen in the video which is available to download from iTunes) and features some of the best riffs on the entire album. You can’t help but think of Duane Allman and Eric Clapton of the late 60’s when hearing the guitar on this track. The next track ‘Shrimp And Grits (Interlude)’ is a nice instrumental interlude that seems to be part of a longer jam. Hopefully that jam will see a release sometime, because it’s a great track. ‘Love Has Something Else To Say’ is a track where they most the band sound like Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and features a great wah solo. The final track ‘The Shelter’ is actually two tracks, the first being a slow number whereas the second is a more upbeat guitar track with the most intricate playing on the entire album. It’s fantastic.
I can’t say enough about this album. After listening to it for the first time from start to finish, it made me feel really good. The sounds and feel of the album are extremely fresh I’m not going to stop listening to it for a while. The band themselves have been playing together since 2007 as ‘Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival’ but this is their first release. It’s one of the best albums of 2011 for sure, and one of the best blues albums of the past 10 years. You need this in your collection!