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  posted on 9/28/2012 at 11:32 AM
wife & I celebrated our 9th anniversary last night with our first show with our mutually favorite band. it was primarily a sit down show, we had 2nd row center seats in the lower balcony. I was surprised that the crowd was primarily the "older" age bracket of an ABB show. I guess I was expecting the younger bracket.

My wife is 3 months pregnant, so the lack of elbows to the back, stepped on toes, beers down your shirt, brahs in your seat, was great, and meant that I was going to actually see the whole show.

Haven't been able to find a setlist, but it's most/all of Revelator, some covers, along with solo portions for Derek, Kofi, Oteil, each of the horn players...solos eventually turn into full band monster jams.

I continue to be impressed by Susan Tedeschi. On the albums, she gets a little yell-ey; but live, with an 11 piece band behind her, the belted-out vocals work, i.e. the show-ending Bound for Glory. She definitely excels, IMO, when the songs don't require the belting - Midnight in Harlem.

Derek continues to be the man. From some posts on here, I realize that there's a segment of the ABB fanbase that thinks TTB is "dumbed down Derek"....and I get that to an extent. To my non-musically trained ears, the range of tones and styles he presents in TTB isn't nearly what he does with the Allmans.

But it's Derek Trucks, and the fact that the spotlight is his alone is a great thing for a DT fan.

Every song features a jaw dropping Derek moment...the build up on his Sky is Crying solo (an upbeat funky version led by Susan, not the dark smoky blues hall version that ABB & Mule play) or Midnight in Harlem solos were great parts of the show, but in reality: it's all good.

The back & forth with him & Susan is also very cool. Gotta admit, the husband & wife thing adds to the enjoyment of the show when you're sitting there and they are dueling away. She's not Warren Haynes, but Susan holds her own.

The rest of the band is huge. Oteil is all over on every tune, and the horn players, if they aren't pushing the jams, they are showing off some sweet dance moves.

This band is fun as hell, has a growing catalog of strong originals, a super talented rhythm & horn section, and one of the best guitar players on the planet.

 
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  posted on 9/28/2012 at 11:55 AM
Thanks for the review and congrats with your anniversary!

 

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  posted on 9/28/2012 at 01:07 PM
Congratulations on Nine years!

 

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  posted on 9/28/2012 at 01:22 PM
Thanks for the review and congratulations on your anniversary. Best wishes and good health to your wife for a safe and healthy delivery.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2012 at 02:25 PM
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  posted on 9/28/2012 at 03:51 PM

Glad you enjoyed the show
Happy Anniversary and good luck with the little one

 

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  posted on 9/28/2012 at 04:47 PM
Very cool. I am about to hop in the car to go see them in Waterbury! Whoo woo woo

 

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  posted on 9/28/2012 at 04:59 PM
Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the review.

Enjoy the show Jim. Look forward to your thoughts also.

 

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  posted on 9/28/2012 at 07:04 PM
Good luck with the Encore!
 

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  posted on 9/29/2012 at 11:30 AM
My wife and I have tickets for the night before our 27th anniversary, so I hope we have as good a time as you did.

Your post reminded me of our first Buffett show together while she was pregnant with our son, 25 years ago ... lots of beer spilling, toe stepping and elbows, but we were younger then

 
 


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