Review and photos by David Jackson – sbj.rocks
When you think of Las Vegas thoughts of gambling and the chance of winning *or loosing* it all in the Sin City come to mind. Whilst for some this maybe a reality for others they search for more in this town and you don’t have to look far to discover the plethora of music that visits the city on a daily basis. On Tuesday night the Tedeschi Trucks Band rolled into town for one night as part of their “Wheels Of Soul” tour. Playing to a sellout crowd at “The Pearl” the show carried plently of grind in relation to the power of the voice and musicians. Opening act Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings plus Doyle Bramhall II rocked the house proving just what the crowd needed to kick off the evening. Sharon Jones brought her high powered voice combined with a healthy dose of attitude to the house. Jones backed by a 10 piece band communicated candidly with the audience even discussing her personal battles with cancer. Nothing was going to stop her and the voice alone powered throughout the house.
Enter Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks together with their ten piece band including duelling drummers. The husband and wife team gel well with obvious chemistry. Tedeschi’s voice, unique with rashness and power, melts perfectly into Truck’s unique ability to make a guitar not talk but shout, the guy is amazing. The entire band was featured throughout the night, with the class of Kofi Burbridge on flute combined with Truck’s guitar shredding a real treat.
The setlist comprised of collections from the bands two most recent albums “Made Up Mind” and the live classic “Everybody’s Talkin'”. Hightlights included “Idle Wind” but to be honest, it was a true pleasure listening to the two incredible artists make music together.
Sharon Jones joined the trucking family together with Doyle Bramhall II for two songs including a killer version of Etta James’ “Tell Mama”. For Bramhall it was a reunion with Trucks. Both had starred in Eric Clapton’s band for many years and this reunion will no doubt happen on a nightly basis much to the delight of fans throughout north America this summer. Brilliant show and hopefully on its way down under soon.
As for the venue the aptly names Pearl is exactly that… great acoustics and seating making an artist close and intimate enough to please the 600 plus fans in attendance.
Keep on growing, Do I look worried, Its so heavy, Misunderstood, Don’t miss me, We got a feel in, Sky is crying, Idle wind, Bring it on home (With Sharon & DB2), Tell mama (With Sharon & DB2), Bound for glory.
Encore Palace of the king
Tedeschi Trucks Live at Palms Casino Las Vegas June 9th 2015 Supported by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings & Doyle Bramhall II.