The right thing to do here would be to blather on about the Tedeschi Trucks Band featuring my friend and trumpeter-extraordinaire Maurice Brown (far right), and their absolutely fantastic live performance this past Friday night at NYC's Beacon Theatre. I was after all, Maurice's guest, so at the very least he deserves a thank you. (And probably an "I'm sorry," since I had been texting him requests from Row M to Stage Left like a royal schmuck.)
But, as long as I'm not making this about him or them, let me also not make anything about how I was blown away by their opening number, a killer cover of George Harrison's "Wah Wah." I also shouldn't point out how Susan Tedeschi's own solo records do not do justice to her fiery guitar playing and heartbreak vocals, which she demonstrated on "Rollin' & Tumblin'" and "Until You Remember." And while I'm not at it, let me just not say how Derek Trucks can play anything, a blues, a raga, a jam, a pop and a funk, and make it a musical monument, which he demonstrated all night. Yeah, the TTB were that good, but that's not why I'm here.
Ladies and Germs....the opening act....The Wood Brothers.
Thursday's opener was Leon Russell, who sat in for a little mini-nod to "Mad Dogs & Englishmen," with versions of "Space Captain" & "Darling Be Home Soon." (Damn!) Saturday night's scheduled opener was Richard Thompson. (Damn!!) I got The Wood Brothers. Thank you, Jeebus!
Let's start with this.
Now, I won't try to explain just how HOT this was in person. That'd probably go over as well as me describing a card trick. But use your "knows its" and your "whatchamacalls," and trust me.
The Wood Brothers have been putting out records for some time, and I even recall liking a few back when I was retailing. But I don't remember any of the studio releases sounding quite like they did live.
They played for an hour and the Beacon crowd went apeshit! If they had played twice as long, I don't think anyone would have minded.
I did get a text from Maurice regarding the Bros. It was something like, "THEY ARE DOPE!"
I concur. Dope, they are.
Here's two more, Dylan and Toussaint.
The Wood Brothers just released two live records, "Sky High" Vols 1 & 2. I recommend both.
And when you're done here, you can think about who the greatest living singer/songwriter/artist might be. Burning Love? gives you a headstart with four choices.