Tedeschi Trucks delivered right away with a powerful version of "Anyhow." Feeding off the positive feedback from the crowd, Derek Trucks is cool and calm. His talent outshines most other guitarists who seemingly can't penetrate the soul of the audience with his wailing riffs and deeply driven solos as he does so effortlessly. He often delivers the kind of moment when you "feel" the guitar before you hear it. During the delivery of "Do I Look Worried," Susan's (Tedeschi) voice was elevated to angelic perfection in total harmony with Derek's smooth slide. The divine duo reminds us it was divinity they found each other in this world. And they are truly meant to be heard together.
Moments before the sun was about to set, and as the first set was coming near to an end, I gazed up the Beech Mountain slope to see just how large the crowd had grown. There were rows and rows of 6 person pods stretching up, as well the packed general admission area. All the areas were abuzz and happily dancing. The weather cooperated and there was a magical breeze in the air, rolling softly from the back of the crowd all the way to the stage.
The second set came on solid, and immediately satisfied the crowd with "High and Mighty." Mike Mattison's vocal talent was welcomed throughout the show and highlighted for the Dr. John classic "Walk on Gilded Splinters," Susan Tedeschi blew my mind with her own resonating guitar playing. It was a pleasure to see her showcase her immense talent on the guitar. The entire band blended perfectly and consistently throughout both sets. Well done Tedeschi Trucks Band!
Set 1: Anyhow, Part Of Me, Do I Look Worried, When Will I Begin, Gin House Blues, Just Won't Burn, Just As Strange, Idle Wind
Set 2: High & Mighty, Made Up Mind, Bell Bottom Blues, Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?, Gilded Splinters, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, Key To The Highway, Bound For Glory,
E: Get What You Deserve
By Adam Sheffield & Tim Hobert
Photos by Tim Hobert