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Author: Subject: Derek & Susan, Soul Stew Revival @ Humphrey's, July 28, 2008

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 03:33 PM


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Tremendous evening, fantastic music..too much B & B...my head is pounding this morning. I was pleasantly surprised if not blown away by Scrap-o-matic. Got to my seat about 15 minutes into their set and immediately wished I hadn't missed any of it!. Awesome interpretations of roots based delta blues. Mike's never sounded better and the two guitars worked in perfect tandem, really nice... really heartfelt performance. I would definitely seem them again.

The show appeared to be about 95% sold, very few open seats once Soul Stew started. From the opening notes of the show opener, "Tell the truth" through the encore, the band kicked a**. Nice balance to the show, Derek's guitar dominated the early stages and Susan's voice brought them home.... Kofi threw in some nice piano & Hammond work and Duane Trucks was on stage for the whole show... (nice to see and hear 2 drummers with this band). This is the 3rd time I've seen Soul Stew and I will go every time they come to San Diego.

So the show ends, and I amble out to the exit/entrance area of the venue. Derek's father is there, working the crowd as he hawked Soul Stew shirts and CDs from his booth just inside the gate. I wait for my chance and stick out my hand and shake his and tell him how much his son rocked the house. He smiles says, "thanks".. his face lights up and he replies, "Thanks again, I'm proud of him"...I walk outside and wait, talking to a gentleman I met earlier named Scott who had told me that he had been fortunate enough to have been fishing in Mexico at the same place where Derek was fishing as well. "He's such a down to earth nice person " he said."He signed my guitar earlier, when he comes out...I'll introduce you". Well, you know how that goes...He went on to tell me that Derek and friends had played acoustically at night after fishing and that it been one of the greater musical memories of his life, that living room Live Music experience after a day with a fishing pole in your hands. So anyway, I look up and Derek & Susan are standing at their t-shirt and Cd kiosk talking with other fans. Scott walks over and I follow. The right moment appears and Scott says.. "Derek"... Derek turns and recognizes him, smiles and says "Hey how are you"... but to this guy, that smile was real, he did recognize him. The two chat for about ten seconds and Scott introduces me. We small talk for a few moments about the performance and I ask if he and his wife would be kind enough to sign my guitar for me. "Sure".... I sprint to my car, grab the guitar from the trunk and fast walk back to the exit, (3 minutes tops). I hand the Guitar to Susan along with a pen and ask, "Susan..would you sign this for me?"... "Oh... A Gretsch !" she says with a big smile on her face and takes the guitar from me and starts to fingerpick on it.. "It's in open E".. I say to her and she immediately picks up on that and starts to play a little ditty in open e. "This is nice" she says and signs my axe. Next up is Derek. I didn't even have to ask him to sign, he turned and saw me, (I'm 6'4")....and walked over and signed my Gretsch... perfect. So I walk out to the parking lot, towards my car with a big smile on my face and I run into Scott and his wife.. "Did he sign it for you?".. he asked me. "He and Susan signed it!... Thanks my friend"... I turn around and Derek is approaching me, solo, on his way the Bus. Backpedaling.... I look at Derek and say, "I remember the first time I saw you play, you must have been about 14. Gregg Allman was playing here in San Diego at the old Coach House..You came out and played with Gregg, the other guitar player in the band had taken off his hat and was using it to fan you"... He stopped in his tracks, looked at me and said. "I remember that...he told me later he thought I was on fire"... he smiled and walked towards the Bus. That was it for me, what a night, what a high.

I also had a chance to meet and laugh with Bob, (slipknott) during and after the show. What a nice guy. It's so cool, meeting someone you know only from the computer keyboard and finding out that over the years you've attended so many of the same shows. Bob took a photo of he and I along with my friend Guy, Hopefully he can post it here.







[Edited on 8/1/2008 by BIGV]

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 01:55 AM








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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 10:52 AM
What a show! We got there for about the last half of the opening act and I was immediately bummed that we had missed the first part-due to lingering over some sandwiches & pre-show brews a block or so away at point loma seafood-great food and suds though. As for the opener- those guys had a real nice groove going. I could have listened to them for quite a while longer than they actually played. During the break, BigV wandered over to introduce himself- he know where we'd be sitting because he mailed me these tix a month or two ago-and it was a real pleasure to finally meet him in person-he's a great guy to hang out with. After swapping some stories it seems we have been seeing many of the same concerts around these parts going back more than 20 years. A little bit later, after a quick run to the bar, SSR opened with Tell the truth- with the first note note off of D's guitar got everybody headed back to the seats really quickly, myself among them. I had the great luck to see Derek & Eric last year, and this version was as good if not better than the one at that show. Later on they pulled out Anyday, which also was a 10 star version.
Really nice interplay between Susan's voice and that of the other lead vocalist from the very start; it was a real pleasure listening to them trade off the verses. They both have amazingly powerful voices.
And a really nice combination of instrumental voices- I believe Kofi pulled out a flute a few times, plus there was the 3 man horn section, 2 drum kits (a nice job by d's brother, one of the drummers), percussionist, and of course guitars and bass. After seeing this I'll never miss an opportunity to see this band. I am embarrassed to say that I have let two previous opportunities slip by. In general, I would say Humphrey's is one of the best outdoor venues around southern California, IMHO. So far in the last year or so we've had Gregg, Warren, and now Derek at Humphrey's. Maybe one of these days we'll even get the ABB out here again. They were here many times in the 90's. It's been way too long since they have been back.....


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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 03:52 PM
sick! that is a great night indeed. I must say the part about the guy fishing with Derek is also unreal.

thanks for sharing....you going to play that guitar anymore or put it in some insane archival case and up on the wall? haha

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 04:21 PM
Great story, BigV!!! Sounds like an amazing night!

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 05:28 PM
Very nice BIGV!!!! Very, very nice!!

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 06:21 PM
Here's the Set List for this show, 7/28/07

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
Soul Stew Revival
Mon. July 28, 2008
Humphrey's by the Bay
San Diego, Ca.

1) Tell the truth
2) People
3) Just won't burn
4) Anyday
5) Done got over
6) Get out of my life/Glad your gone
7) Get up, Get out
8) Sugar
9) I want to be loved>>Hercules
10) Don't cry no more
11) Band intro:
12) Don't do it
13) Hey Jude
14) Key to the Highway
Encore:
15) Don't think twice it's alright
16) Instrumental>>The Weight



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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 05:22 AM
NICE set list!!! They're headed my way for Fri and Sat!!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 07:29 AM
I have a feeling they are going to do For My Brother and if they do Pedro I will be pissed because I have never seen one live.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 08:06 AM
You are not likely to miss either one... SSR has been working from a pretty liimited setlist and does not do much from either bnads repertoire.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 08:23 AM
Still sucks that I have the tickets in my hand and she is not willing to help me out. Just frustrating!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 09:26 AM
I'm bummed too that you can't go Eric!! Not fair!!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2008 at 09:46 AM
Got Goin' Out West CRANKING!!!! (from the Best of Allen Woody 7 cd and over 8hrs of music! )

 

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  posted on 7/31/2008 at 11:15 AM
Not sure how this works but anyway nice meeting you that night BigV Glad I could help with the intro and you getting your guitar signed(we both did I guess) He sure is a sweet nice humble young kid the same for his wife...Hope to see you next year Scott
 

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  posted on 7/31/2008 at 02:50 PM
Hey All....in the above mentioned post, (Scott or Zancudo) dropped me this e-mail about his fishing story with Derek, thought you might like to read:

BIGV Thought you might get a kick out of this pic of Derek with my sons
Landon and Dylan. Ya know when Derek first came to San Diego about 5 or 6
years ago he played at Brick by Brick MAYBE 150 people there. From there it
was on to Belly up.4th&B then Humphreys. In my opinion Humpreys is the
best.Jimmy Herring was down in Costa Rica two years in arow and those two
are really good friends. They both shared bringing in and releasing the
biggest fish the second year. a 500 lb Black Marlin.When they would sit and
play together in the evening there was a big connect between the two. If you
ever have the opportunity to catch Jimmy or both of them playing together
somehow wow don't pass up the chance. Gonna forward to you info on Music
Maker foundation who put those trips together. It's a good organization that
helps poor musicians,mostly in the south.bbking,derekand Susan,Jimmy
Herring,dickey Betts Kenny Wayne Shepherd are all on the Advisory Board for
Music maker plus many others Your love of music is ob vious so you might
consider joining or getting their newsletter This is the most I have typed
in years so I'll leave you with that.was a pleasure for me and my wife to
meet you as a music player and follower.

take care Scott Cannon





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  posted on 7/31/2008 at 07:09 PM
Hi Vince its Lillian and yes i did enjoy the show.It was awesome!
After the show my dad and i met Duane Trucks on the way out.He's nice!
We told him how cool it must be to be in a band with his brother.
It was nice to meet you
Lillian
V- great review of the show and story about meeting Derek and Susan. They do seem to be such down to earth nice people. I can't even begin to say how much I enjoy their music, it's creative, fresh and new all while honoring great music from the past and even other cultures. I do feel really good that my daughter can see music like this in her formative years and have this experience in her musical backround. The guitar looks real good with those signatures on it. Is there any chance I'm going to hear the show again? G


 

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Great review BIGV. Looks like a very cool venue.

 

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  posted on 8/1/2008 at 06:10 PM
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sick! that is a great night indeed. I must say the part about the guy fishing with Derek is also unreal.

thanks for sharing....you going to play that guitar anymore or put it in some insane archival case and up on the wall? haha


Thanx, it was a tremendous night. I'll play that guitar once a year from now on...7/28..then, back in the case.

 

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