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Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind

By now we know the marriage of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks has resulted in one of finest husband & wife combos currently in music. And still the Tedeschi Trucks Band is really as much about the sum of its parts as it is about its two centerpieces. Made Up Mind helps to illustrate that point, as the band shows off its all-around skillful musicianship and a variety of songwriting combinations that help take this album to the next level.

Revelator was the first album from the Tedeschi Trucks Band. It was a merging of musical forces that ultimately led to a Grammy for Best Blues Album and proudly stood as an uplifting, spirited introduction. After a couple years together, that 11 piece all-star team now feels like family. It's tough not to look past Susan's powerful vocals, especially on defiant songs like "Made Up Mind" and the blissful "Part of Me." But then again, few (if any) guitarists these days are as imaginative, tasteful or adept as Trucks. Guitar enthusiasts will no doubt find ecstasy on blistering moments like "The Storm." And still, band members like Mike Mattison, who many remember as the frontman for the Derek Trucks Band, is still very much an active participant. And the bands horn section of Kebbi Williams, Maurice Brown and Saunders Sermons help fill the album with soul.

Diving deeper into the liner notes, Tedeschi & Trucks looked to a variety of friends to help craft these songs. Those that lend a pen include The Jayhawks Gary Louris, Eric Krasno of Soulive, legendary producer John Leventhal, and Sonya Kitchell. For Tedeschi Trucks Band the motto seems like "the more the merrier" and that joy of collaboration essentially steams their train. They make it work, and do so incredibly well on Made Up Mind.

~ Review by Mike Vasilikos
August 26, 2013
Made Up Mind released August 16, 2013 on Sony Masterworks.

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