Sunshine Blues Festival, 2013 - Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton - January 19
The band is compiled out of Tedeschi and Truck's former touring groups and included two drummers, an organist that doubled on jazz-flute, a full horn section, two back-up singers (with enough talent of their own to lead the band themselves), a bass player, and of course Derek and Susan out front.
To say the sound they made was immense would be a gross understatement. This is a band that puts most other live acts playing in 2013 to absolute shame. Despite the large number of people on stage, everything was done as a unit, every song was dynamic, and though every member of the band was given an opportunity to step-out and embellish a bit, things never escaped too far away from the song itself.
Highlights of the band's extended set included a cover of George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity" -- which proved an perfect platform for Truck's vocal sounding slide playing -- "Bound For Glory," an absolute romp through "Rollin' and Tumblin,'" and even a new track that the group was performing live for the first time.
Though the duo certainly made great music separately, there was a tangible love displayed on Saturday night that the entire band fed off of, and though the blues the band bases their music on is a sad affair, the vibe on Saturday night was undeniably one of joy.
Personal Bias: Major fan of the slide guitar. Despise elevator blues.
Overheard: "Man, they were tighter than an ugly 3rd grader!"
- Audience member after Sonny Landreth's band exited the stage.
Random Detail: The organist in Walter Trout's band reminded us of a muppet.