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Live: Susan Tedeschi

I’m always excited when I hear that Susan Tedeschi is playing at the Cat’s Cradle. I will cancel almost any plans to get to see her in such a small venue. It allows you to see and hear her wonderful vocal and guitar skills, up close and personal. Her visit on April 16th was no exception.

One thing I’ve come to expect when I seen Susan perform is an introduction to a stellar opening act. I was first introduced to Jackie Greene when she was in Durham, and this time the Lee Boys’ fabulous gospel flavored rhythms immediately found a place on my mp3 player. Susan couldn’t resist joining them to close their session with a cover of her husband Derek Truck’s Joyful Noise.

I first noticed that a new bass player has joined the line-up. He seemed to fit in well, and it was obvious he was enjoying playing with the band. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen her live, so I don’t know how long ago the line-up changed, but William Greene was missing from the B3-Hammond. Although his lively and entertaining style was missing, the keyboards were still fantastic. Ron Holloway was superb on the sax. This was particularly noticeable on Evidence, which was by far, one of the highlights of the evening.

Susan introduced a few new songs from her upcoming album, and from the songs she showcased, I can definitely say, her new album will be a favorite. It seems like it will fit seamlessly with her previous work. I know I’m definitely looking forward to the release date. Butterfly seemed very mellow, and Can’t Sleep at Night was great, but I think Love is Blind (or Love is Black, I couldn’t catch the exact phrase) will be my new favorite.

After the new songs, the wonderful back-and-forth between the keyboards and sax on Evidence really brought the crowd into the show. She kicked into her more well known songs, which kept the energy level going. One of the only things I missed on the set list was Lord Protect my Child, which is a personal favorite.

Overall, the highlights of the show were Evidence, Security, Angel from Montgomery, the closer of Rock Me Right leading into I Fell In Love. However, the best moment of the night was a very poignant version of Just Won’t Burn, She dedicated the song to her friend and fellow musician Sean Costello, who had passed away just the previous day. Costello worked and played on the Grammy nominated album with her. The song was an obviously emotional tribute that was difficult for Susan to play and the result was one of the most haunting versions of that song I have ever heard. Whenever I hear it from now on, I’ll be hard pressed not to think of that performance.

A wonderful show overall and I’m clearing my calendar now for her next visit.

To view photos from the show, visit the Susan Tedeschi image gallery

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