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February 22, 2014

TTB: Strength in numbers

HARRISBURG — In just three years, Tedeschi Trucks Band, the 11-member collective led by husband-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, has taken its hearty roots-rich musical mix to audiences across the globe and become a proven music powerhouse.

They’ll be coming to Harrisburg April 2 for a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Whitaker Center at the Forum. Tickets are $39.50, $49.50 and $75 and available by visiting whitakercenter.org or calling (717) 214-ARTS.

Driven by Trucks’ signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi’s honey-to-husk voice, Tedeschi Trucks Band delivers an electrifying blend of blues, soul, jazz, and rock drawing from an ever-evolving song list. Debuting big with Revelator landing a Best Blues Album Grammy as well as a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year, TTB continued that momentum with 2012’s dynamic live follow-up, “Everybody’s Talkin.’”

The group is now touring North America behind the release of its second studio effort, “Made Up Mind,” which entered Billboard’s top 200 at No. 11 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “equal parts Stax and Muscle Shoals without dilution of either.”

For Derek and Susan, TTB’s strength in numbers — the band includes 10 members (plus a revolving cast of bassists) — guaranteed that a wide range of influences would take the music to a new, previously unexplored places. That diversity is evident throughout “Made Up Mind.”

“I felt that with the personnel in this band, it was just a matter of time before all of these ideas started leaking out,” says Trucks. “As things process, and as the band grows, I think that is inevitable. But we had a lot of confidence that it was going to be really good right out of the gate.”

Trucks himself, along with TTB bandmate Oteil Burbridge, were honored with lifetime Grammys for their membership in The Allman Brothers Band. In 2012, Tedeschi and Trucks were invited to perform at the White House with Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Buddy Guy. A week later, they appeared at the Apollo Theater, joining Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and a host of guitar heavyweights in an all-star tribute to bluesman Hubert Sumlin.

Both Trucks and Tedeschi happily admit that the TTB sound and set lists owe much to the heyday of classic rock, when distinctions of genre were lowered and a blend of rock, soul, blues, and gospel were at a high point. Fans can access their website at www.derekandsusan.net.

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