ASHEVILLE NC – Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Grammy winning 11-member blues-rock group led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have proven to be one of the hottest, most uplifting acts on the road today. The band, currently touring while also working on its next album, have recently announced its Asheville debut at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on May 2 – the band’s first trip to the area since they headlined Merlefest last year.
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium box office: Reserved $39, $49 and $75. $1 of each ticket will benefit MANNA FoodBank.
For Trucks and Tedeschi, this will be an opportunity to showcase the full force of TTB — as their fans know them — to a community they have long ties with. Both have performed in Asheville several times over the years with their respective solo bands – from early years when a teenaged Trucks played small local venues, to Bele Chere performances in 2005, and multiple appearances at Christmas Jam to support friend, and Trucks’ Allman Brothers Bandmate, Warren Haynes. The band’s management is also located in town.
Though Tedeschi Trucks Band has not played live in Asheville before, the band’s music has been popular with the local community with both of its albums placing highly on the WNCW Top 100 list (Revelator #6 and Everybody’s Talkin’ #11). Fans will also get to enjoy local musician Jeff Sipe, whose trio will open the show. Sipe is a longtime musical friend to both Tedeschi and Trucks.
The upcoming show is a chance for the band to help raise awareness about the issue of hunger that affects Western North Carolina. TTB is working with local organization FATE (Funding America Through Entertainment) and Oskar Blues Brewery (Brevard, NC and Colorado) to support MANNA FoodBank.
“We have long loved Asheville and been supported by the wonderful community here. With close friends and members of the TTB family living here, we wanted to do something to give back to the area,” says Tedeschi. “When you realize that just $1 can provide three meals for someone, you understand how even a small gesture can make a big difference” she adds.
In addition to the band’s donation of $1 for every ticket sold to MANNA, Oskar Blues Brewery will donate $2,000 to MANNA FoodBank. Fans are also encouraged to participate by bringingnon-perishable food items to be collected at the venue on show day. “Oskar Blues is thrilled to help eradicate food scarcity in our new home in Western North Carolina,” says Anne-Fitten Glenn, Oskar Blues Brewery spokesperson. Doing so by partnering with Tedeschi Trucks Band and our friend Jeff Sipe is a bonus.”
Formed in 2010 when Derek (currently #16 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time) and Susan (a six-time Grammy nominee, including a 2000 nod for Best New Artist) decided to set aside their successful solo careers and join forces, Tedeschi Trucks Band has since been touring the globe – and accruing fans and accolades in the process. Fronted by Trucks’ signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi’s pliant, honey-to-husk voice, the band delivers a roots-rich blend of blues, soul, jazz, rock, and world music. Their dynamic energy on stage, and overflowing musical talent, have helped Tedeschi Trucks Band reach pinnacles of accomplishment that most bands spend a career trying to reach.
In February 2012, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s debut album Revelator — praised as a “4-star masterpiece” by Rolling Stone — won the Grammy for Best Blues Album of the Year, while Trucks himself, was also honored with a lifetime Grammy for his longstanding membership in The Allman Brothers Band. TTB also dominated the 2012 Blues Music Awards with 4 trophies including Album of the Year, Band of the Year, Gibson Guitar Award (Derek) and Contemporary Blues Female Artist (Susan).
2012 also saw Trucks and Tedeschi honored with invitations to perform at the White House for a PBS special, joining Mick Jagger, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy to celebrate the blues — at the Apollo Theater, joining Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and a host of blues guitar heavyweights in an all-star tribute to bluesman Hubert Sumlin — at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where Trucks helped to posthumously induct blues legend Freddie King — and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, joining Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder and others to celebrate the first annual International Jazz Day.
A favorite band at many festivals, Tedeschi Trucks Band was invited to headline at Merlefest 2012 – and was well-received by fans for their show-stopping performance and sit ins with Sam Bush and the Wayback’s Hillside Album hour. Just two weeks later they released their first live album Everybody’s Talkin’ – a double CD set of originals and vibrant covers that showcased the band’s dynamic energy on stage. TTB toured on the album’s release throughout the US and Canada for the balance of 2012, including a run of dates with B.B. King that brought the band to Red Rocks and the Hollywood Bowl for the first time, a headlining spot at Newport Jazz Festival and an outstanding three-night run at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. 2013 kicked off with the band in the studio, working on their next album that is slated for release this fall.
“(TTB is)…a traditionalist’s dream come true: a traveling gang of superb, seasoned players who animate classic blues and rock material and their own strong compositions with energy, sensitivity and onstage camaraderie. If you love rock and electric blues, you just might leave the theater with your faith in live music renewed.” – NEWARK STAR LEDGER