The last time Tedeschi Trucks Band rolled through the area, Derek Trucks gave Lagniappe some insight into his band. Now, Trucks’ better half Susan Tedeschi is giving her side of the story. In the rock ‘n’ roll world, couples tend to maintain volatile relationships that seem to end. For Tedeschi and Trucks, this is not the case. Their solid relationship and impeccable guitar skills have made them one of the most popular blues outfits in the modern world.
SC: You’re the only female on the road with all these guys.
ST: Yeah, me and 20 dudes.
SC: Do you try to keep everybody in line, or are you really the bad influence?
ST: (Laughing) It depends on the day. You know, what’s funny is that this band is really tight, and it’s interesting. We all stick together, and we do a lot of things together. So, it’s not like we’re just on stage, and that’s it. We workout together, and we do laundry together. We travel on buses and eat lunch and dinner together. So, we’re kinda night and day. It’s like we’re all married. I do sometimes do some motherly things, but we have a couple of guys that do that too. For example, our drummer Tyler Greenwell, he’s really good about helping me keep the bus neat and tidy and cleaning up. Obviously, there are some of the guys that are the bachelor type that leave stuff around. Really, everybody does a pretty good job of picking up after themselves, because you’re in tight quarters with 11 people on the bus. Most of the time, we look out for each other. So, it’s not like one person has to step up and take the role of mother.
SC: How does it feel to be able to jam alongside your husband on a nightly basis?
ST: It’s completely awesome!
SC: You always hear about rock ‘n’ roll couples. It seems like it’s always a love and hate thing, but you two have so much love between you that translates onto the stage.
ST: We really are blessed. I think it helps that we can keep up with each other. I think that if I was, and I hate to say it, like some women, maybe, it would be harder just singing, or maybe not. I feel more included in the boys’ club that I can play along, and I don’t have to be the center of attention at all times, which is kinda nice. I can just step back and play rhythm on a tune, or maybe, I’m the main soloist on the tune. Maybe, we’re jamming off each other. That’s really exciting and fun. I’m just learning all the time, not just from Derek, but from everybody in the band. They’re all such accomplished musicians and have amazing ears and time. I’m still growing as a musician, which is nice. I think some people get all caught up in the hype when they start really having a career take off and start touring. They slack on the music and keep up with the press and other things, and they forget how important it is to be a musician first. That’s the great thing about this band. They keep you on your toes.
SC: When you and Derek started the band, it was the first time you wrote together. With your new release “Made Up Mind,” what was it like writing for this one?
ST: I feel that it was a little easier, because we knew more about what to expect from each other. It was also easier not to be so stressed about it, not that we were really stressed. I think doing a very first record of any kind for any band is a bit stressful. You have expectations for people, and you’re trying to figure out what you’re trying to say and do. The second time around was very fun and organic. It was easy to have moments when we would sit and write together, or I would write with Mike and Derek would go solo. There wasn’t as much pressure to do everything together.
SC: When is the next record coming?
ST: I think the beginning of next year we’ll finally start cracking the whip on that. It’s been nice to just tour nonstop on this record, because it’s a great record. We’ve had so many requests to go so many places, and you just can’t do it one year. This year, we’ve been in probably 15 countries. We’ve played Japan and then went to India. We went to Europe twice this year. We’ve been in Bahrain in the Middle East. We’ve been in Canada and the U.S. We’ve been so many places that it just seems like why rush into another record when you can still tour this record. We’ve got so many people in this band and crew that need to make a living. So, it’s really important to keep the guys working, but we try not to burn them out too. So, there will be a time to sit and write.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ryan Balthrop
Date: Thursday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Venue: Saenger Theater, 6 S. Joachim St., www.mobilesaenger.com
Tickets: $46.35-$92.30 at the Saenger Box Office and through Ticketmaster
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