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  posted on 6/8/2007 at 04:15 AM

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi's chemistry will be on display Saturday at the Paramount Theatre as the couple, both successful solo artists in their own right, unite for their Soul Stew Revival tour. (The Denver Post)Many of the best songs flow from wounded hearts, but it doesn't necessarily take one to write a brilliant melody or killer riff.

That secret has been discovered by countless couples throughout the history of popular music: In song, as in love, it often helps to have a partner.

"I don't know if it's because we're so tight, or that we're married and have kids, but we have this incredible bond," said Susan Tedeschi of her guitar-player husband, Derek Trucks. "Musically we're soul mates and can almost read each other's minds."

Tedeschi and Trucks' chemistry will be on display Saturday at the Paramount Theatre as the couple, both successful solo artists in their own right, unite for their Soul Stew Revival tour.

The Berklee-trained Tedeschi has released five albums of genre-hopping, guitar-based blues-rock. Trucks has played in groups led by Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy while working on his own solo career. Together, the married couple intuitively riff off each other, Trucks' sprightly slide guitar mimicking Tedeschi's husky vocals.

"It's interesting to see how they influence each other," said Warren Haynes, a friend of Trucks' who has played with him in the Allman Brothers Band. "They're matching each other, Derek's guitar emulating Susan's voice and vice versa."

Tedeschi and Trucks' creative intimacy exemplifies music's ability to form and cement romantic relationships. Think Johnny Cash and June Carter, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, or Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. Granted, it doesn't always work out - as in the cases of Sonny and Cher or even worse, Ike and Tina Turner - but emotional connections can blur the boundary between musical and romantic fulfillment.

Eryn Hoerig, singer and autoharp player in Denver-based group the Hollyfelds, appreciates the honesty her husband affords her when she writes music.

"He's not going to lie to me if it's a bad song," she said.
He's really kind about it, but for me it's incredibly beneficial. It might seem hurtful for some people, but in our band it helps a lot."
Husband Keith, formerly of local ska act Five Iron Frenzy, plays bass in the Hollyfelds. The folk-bluegrass group, which will perform tonight at the Walnut Room, coalesced around Eryn and Keith's romantic relationship.

"I had just started writing songs after we got married three years ago and we would play together," Eryn said. "We sought out other people to play with, and that's how the band formed."

Unsurprisingly, a host of other Denver couples work together musically, like Tammy Ealom and John Hill (Dressy Bessy), Jonathan and Leonora Till (Nathan & Stephen) and

"I recommend it to anyone that can stand to be in the same room with their significant other for more than a half-hour," Eryn joked.

However, just as in office environments, working closely with one's spouse or boyfriend presents obstacles. Tedeschi and Trucks, who have been married for six years and have two children, found the realities of the music industry don't mesh with maintaining a family.

"The challenges are dealing with all the outside forces like having two sets of labels, agents and management, and trying to get them to allow us to do what we want," she said. "Touring is tough because I'm the mom, and when the kids come out they want to hang out with me."

Tedeschi said she has grown accustomed to making enough time for her children and her music but that delegating time for her children, husband and her music can be **** ly.

"Nowadays, with so many parents both working 9-to-5 jobs, a lot of people can attest to the fact that they'd love to be around each other all the time," she said. "Our (situation) is a lot of work and very unconventional, but every day I get to play with him I feel blessed, especially when people like Eric Clapton want him out touring with them."

Children obviously complicate the situation when a relationship doesn't work out. Look at James Taylor and Carly Simon, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown or Britney Spears and Kevin Federline (yes, calling him a musician is a stretch).

Surprisingly, some couples continue working together musically after the romance ends. Jack and Meg White, who divorced in 2000, continue to play as the White Stripes. Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes play together in Quasi.

But many couples manage to work through rough patches in their lives, often brought on by their tumultuous careers or artistic temperament. Musical couples in Low, Of Montreal and others serve as examples, with personal tumult usually serving as creative inspiration.

"Music is a very spiritual and emotional force," Tedeschi said. "We can be so fiery or loving with each other, so it helps add to the intensity and spontaneity of our shows."

Staff writer John Wenzel can be reached at 303-954-1642 or jwenzel@denverpost.com.

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi

BLUES/ROCK|Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place; 8 p.m., Saturday, with Scrapomatic| $42-$50|Ticketmaster.com.

 

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  posted on 6/8/2007 at 05:47 AM
this is what i'm waiting to find and i won't settle for anything less.... these two are amazing and love each other sooo much.... this was an awesome article
 

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  posted on 6/8/2007 at 05:59 AM
They are the sweetest! Just love em so much!!

 

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  posted on 6/8/2007 at 06:25 AM
I am glad to hear the Soul Stew Revival is making more appearances. I was at the Wanee show & it may have been the best configuration of dTb I have ever seen. And I say that after seeing Derek & Jimmy Herring playing together in Richmond in May, which has always been the pinnacle for me.

 

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  posted on 6/8/2007 at 06:37 AM
Wednesday June 13 @ San Diego's " 4th & B"... This is an Old Bank turned into a Music Venue!... The Bar is in the Old Vault....I'm there, both at the show and in the "Vault".

 

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  posted on 6/8/2007 at 10:32 AM
Great article! I just love these 2 together! Thanks for sharing, Renee!!

 

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  posted on 6/8/2007 at 11:30 AM
Seems I'm in the minority on this point, but when DTB becomes SDTB, I just don't enjoy it as much.

 

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  posted on 6/8/2007 at 11:49 AM
I get to see them tonight in Santa Fe, think I am going to enjoy the evening!

how was Dallas last night?

 

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