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  posted on 11/13/2014 at 11:56 AM
Well Music Lovers,

I was treated to another magical musical moment last night at the fabulous Moody Theater in beautiful downtown Austin. What a great place to see live music, the sound is always so good and I had second row seats so visually it was awesome.

They took the stage and launched into a brand new song that has not been recorded yet! How's that for musical confidence?

The sold out crowd probably wouldn't have cared if they played Mary Had A Little Lamb! The folks who come out to see this band seem to really get what the band is trying to do. They have really turned some heads over the last couple of years and it is so good watching them stay true to their own musical vision as they cross the country with a nine piece band. I'm sure that's not easy to pull off night after night but they did it last night with a real high energy show that went from the ethereal "Midnight In Harlem" to a stripped down acoustic set, "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning', horn loaded gospel, "Bound For Glory" and a nail you to the wall rocker, "The Storm" with lots of funky, soulful, bluesy gospel in-between. They even threw in an acoustic version of the Allman Brothers "Done Somebody Wrong" for good measure.

Susan's vocals remind me of a mix of Aretha Franklin with a lot of Etta James coming through, she also plays a pretty mean guitar on top of that. Derek has really stepped up into the role of a topnotch bandleader. Watching how he gives the musical cues to the band and how attentive they are to his signals is really something to admire. It was a real marvel to see how much tighter they get every time I see them.

Here is the set list:

Let Me Get By - new song- funky, horn loaded, going to be a classic
Made Up Mind- they lit this one up, good rocker
Midnight Up In Harlem- from another world!- Derek does an intro and a slide solo that is beyond belief
Do I Look Worried- Real showcase for Susan and the horns
Break In The Road (old Betty Wright song from the early 70's)
Miss Me- Derek Trucks Band song with Mike Mathieson on lead vocals
Idle Wind- they nailed this one! the flute solo brings out the chill bumps

Acoustic Set:
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning- background singers turn this one into a church service
Done Somebody Wrong - ahh, Derek on acoustic slide, little tribute to the ABB
Shelter- Ray Lamontagne tune with just Susan on acoustic guitar and the bass player on acoustic stand-up bass-(excellent!)

Anyhow - new song- another funky horn loaded tune
I Pity The Fool - Bobby Bland song- Susan got completely wild on this guitar solo, I thought she was going to rip the strings off!
Bound For Glory - this song has it all, the best of TTB- Susan's great vocals, Derek's great slide solos, horns and the background singers really shine, did I forget the two drummers?

Encore:
All That I Need- another 70's style feel good, funky, horn loaded get down
The Storm- They burn this one down live, Derek and the two drummers go through a pretty serious work out!

Austin's own Band of Heathens open up the show with a really good set of original country rock tunes done in the same vein as the early Poco sound. They write really likable songs that come across good live and on their records. Really good vocals and fantastic harmonies along with very good material sets this band apart from the wannabees out there. If you haven't heard them and like the 70's style country rock check them out, I highly recommend them.

Great show, don't miss these guys if they come anywhere close. TTB gets my vote for the absolute hottest thing going!

 
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  posted on 11/13/2014 at 12:32 PM
Thanks for the detailed and nicely written report Jpick. Interesting that they are continuing to roll out new songs.
 

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  posted on 11/14/2014 at 02:45 AM
Thanks so much, we saw them a week ago in Portland, Oregon and we both agreed it was one of the best shows we've ever been to. It was my fourth TTB concert and my favorite one by them so far. They seem to get better each time I see them. I had a fifth row seat from the stage.
They debuted two new songs and also played "Break in the Road"- the first time I've seen them play that tune- talk about funky! On "I Pity the Fool", Susan absolutely killed that one! She's one bad ass moogerfooger on that Strat!!

But the best part of the whole show is when Derek picked up a golden-colored Gibson Les Paul and seemed to be channeling the great Skydog himself. He popped a string, but later they brought out the restrung Gold Top Les Paul again for the encore with "Idle Wind"-. The final solo was beyond intense- easily one of the greatest guitar solos I've ever witnessed. I know it's crazy, but I could feel Duane's spirit emanating from Derek and the Les Paul. Talk about chills and goosebumps!!
As Derek left the stage, I asked him if it was Duane's Gold Top, he nodded yes and then turned to leave. But suddenly he turned back to me and then gently tossed his glass slide towards me like it was a pick!
After a brief struggle with a few other guys, I managed to grab my magic prize. It was a surreal moment and one that I'll never forget as long as I live. I plan to use the slide on some upcoming recordings I'm making.
After the show, we went back to the buses so I could thank Derek for the slide. I thanked him and told him that it meant a lot to me. He shook our hands, shyly greeted everyone and posed for photos with a bunch of people. But my friend was so starstruck, he forgot to take a photo of us together!
But what a night! I can't wait till they come back next summer- next year I'm planning on following them around the West Coast.
If anyone on here has a recording of the Portland show or knows of where i can get one, please PM me. I have lots of Derek stuff to trade or could do a B&P. Thanks so much to all the great music lovers on this site! And long live Susan and Derek!!!

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  posted on 11/14/2014 at 07:07 AM
mary had a little lamb would be a stevie ray vaughan cover…….ha
 

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  posted on 11/14/2014 at 09:46 AM
I saw Band of Heathens at Beaverstock in September on the West Coast. Had never heard of them, but they turned out to be my favorite band at the festival (with the exception of Los Lobos, who headlined the following night). And, the TTB, how lucky are we to have them around? They have such an energy and their shows are so much fun to attend! Love their vibe and of course their music...

 

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  posted on 11/14/2014 at 11:08 AM
We thought TTB was just great in September. And they are doing this while leaving two of their three best songs off these setlists: Part of Me and Don't Drift Away.

The first one was played repeatedly until this summer and the latter has faded away over the last year or two (and headscratchingly only appeared as a bonus download track instead of a prime spot one of their two studio albums).

I'm looking forward to see them again in 2015 and hearing more new music. Hope they bring back those two original tunes, though!

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  posted on 11/15/2014 at 01:56 PM
Made the trek to visit family and managed (cough cough) to catch TTB in Spokane, it was a great show, and we had a good time. Took friends who were not very familiar with the band, they left completely converted.

Susan played a lot of solos, and even traded licks with Derek at the end, with Derek on the Goldtop.

Best band out there touring now as far as this household is concerned.

 

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  posted on 11/15/2014 at 02:39 PM
Caught them at 2 Beacon shows in Sept, they were insane good. Don't miss them if they are near you.

 

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  posted on 11/15/2014 at 02:54 PM
I can't get enough of "Part of Me." It's been on a steady rotating schedule for them last few days. Love it! Any word on on that Beacon DVD?
 

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  posted on 11/15/2014 at 08:35 PM
I caught the Austin & Houston shows.....coincidentally had business in both towns on show nights. About the 50th time that has happened over the years with Family bands, etc. One perk of a travel job.

As previous posts have indicated - Idle Wind is a monster live, as is The Storm. Heavy is solid, too - definitely a Isn't it a Pity feel - at least to me.

Ran into Kofi & Mark at the sushi bar before the Houston show and they spent over 30 minutes talking to us. I gave them a few "thanks for your time" easy outs, but they kept taking. Super engaging smart dudes. All about the music.

Sit down sections we interesting and varied. The new tunes will be, hell they are now, great tunes.

Can you say Sunshine Blues? If they do the Vegas Brooklyn Bowl run (w/ Soulive this past summer) - I am IN.

 

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