Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Made Up Mind is due from Sony Masterworks August 20th. Their third full-length release, Made Up Mind is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-winning debut Revelator and last year’s scorching live collection, Everybody’s Talkin’.
When the dynamic vocalist and guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her guitar virtuoso husband Derek Trucks merged their talents and constructed a new, 11-piece juggernaut, they were pooling many years of experience and collective musical knowledge. Derek-who has also been a mainstay of the legendary Allman Brothers Band for more than a decade, and leader of The Derek Trucks Band-first slung a guitar over his shoulders at age 9 and is currently ranked number 16 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. Susan is a roots music powerhouse who was nominated for five Grammys on her own, including Best New Artist in 2000, before the formation of TTB (as their fans have come to know them). Made Up Mind is where all of the instrumental, vocal and songwriting prowess of music’s greatest power couple-and that of their superb bandmates-truly meshes in a big way.
“We knew we wanted to be a little bit bolder with this record, not be afraid to do whatever we felt was really great,” says Tedeschi, who first met Derek in New Orleans in 1999 when her previous band was opening for an Allman Brothers Band tour. “We’re all friends and family. Now we’re finally making the music we want to make. It’s really an exciting time.”
Adds Trucks, “What I noticed most while making this record was there was more confidence. On Revelator everyone was still feeling each other out. Then, after a few years on the road, with a live record along the way, everyone unleashed and played a little freer. We didn’t want to force the sound and tell it what it was going to be. We wanted to see where it took us. Once we hit the studio for Made Up Mind, we didn’t even have to think about it.”
Made Up Mind is nothing less than a quantum leap forward for TTB. If Revelator and Everybody’s Talkin’ were all about finding their way, the new effort is where they emerge as a fully formed band for the ages. Throughout the course of the album it becomes increasingly apparent that Susan Tedeschi has evolved into one of the most dauntingly commanding vocalists in contemporary music, her serious lung power exploding on standout tracks such as the über-funky “Misunderstood” and just as convincingly digging into the core of poignant, tender acoustic ballads like “Calling Out to You” and “Idle Wind”. Derek Trucks has indisputably matured into one of the monster guitarists of our time, tearing up barnburners like the title track “Made Up Mind” with his masterful slide and lead licks while showcasing his easier, more subtle touch on the bluesy “Do I Look Worried”.
With their increasingly articulate and affecting songcraft, unparalleled musicianship and an honest, gutsy sound that incorporates multiple stylistic influences and can only result from hard work and openness to ideas, it’s a given that many more will make up their minds to take Made Up Mind than to leave it.
1. Made Up Mind
2. Do I Look Worried
3. Idle Wind
5. Part of Me
6. Whiskey Legs
7. It’s So Heavy
8. All That I Need
9. Sweet And Low
10. The Storm
11. Calling Out To You