Back To The River (2008)
Talking About/700 Houses/Back To The River/Love Will/Butterfly/People/Learning The Hard Way/Revolutionize Your Soul/True/There's A Break In The Road/Can't Sleep At Night/Love Me Don't Hate Me
Gritty, car oil soaked guitar-driven Southern soully blues from a woman in a strappy vest top who don’t take no bull from no man. (Actually hubby Derek Trucks is on guitar here). There is a soulful, Steve Cropper, Stax-y tone to Susan’s guitar playing and she just has a wonderful, husky voice. Most of my reviews are of 70s music, peppered with anecdotes about life in 1973 or whatever. I am not able to do that here. What I can say, though, is that Susan Tedeschi can play the blues. And some. This album is a breath of fresh air. We would seem to be blessed with a slew of lady bluesers at the moment - Joanna Connor, Grace Potter, Joanne Shaw Taylor and of course, Susan Tedeschi
Susan plays a mean slide guitar, particularly on the title track, Back To The River, and the later era Springsteenesque 700 Houses.
Other highlights are the lighter People, There's A Break In the Road and Learning The Hard Way, which has echoes of 70s blues rockers Free.