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Album info

Album-Release:
2014

HRA-Release:
09.08.2017

Label: Masterworks

Genre: Blues

Subgenre: Bluesy Rock

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • 1Made Up Mind03:56
  • 2Do I Look Worried04:36
  • 3Idle Wind05:12
  • 4Misunderstood05:43
  • 5Part of Me04:07
  • 6Whiskey Legs04:13
  • 7It's So Heavy04:57
  • 8All That I Need05:14
  • 9Sweet And Low05:05
  • 10The Storm06:36
  • 11Calling Out To You03:46
  • Total Runtime53:25

Info for Made Up Mind



Following 2012's live release, Everybody's Talkin', this is the second studio album from the Florida-formed blues-rock act founded by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. Recorded at Swamp Rag Studios, the album was co-produced by longtime Wilco collaborator Jim Scott. Boasting at least ten regular members, the band also drafted in people such as the Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Soulive's Eric Krasno to co-write some of the material on Made Up Mind.

„Made Up Mind, the second studio album from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, contrasts considerably with Revelator in that it showcases the strength of an 11-piece band willing to experiment as they assimilate inspirations -- from Stax, Muscle Shoals, Motown, Delaney & Bonnie, blues, and jazz -- and incorporate their various experiences into a new whole. Co-produced by Derek Trucks and Jim Scott, there is an increased emphasis on songwriting and more sophisticated arrangements. At the behest of Sony, Susan Tedeschi and Trucks invited other songwriters (some old friends) to contribute to these songs, adding perspective. They include Doyle Bramhall II, John Leventhal, Gary Louris, Eric Krasno, and Sonya Kitchell. Tedeschi's voice has developed into one of the most expressive in modern music; she receives outstanding choral support from Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers. Trucks' lead and slide guitar playing have evolved, creating new possibilities for the instrument; it remains the anchor of musical direction for this massive ensemble, that also boasts a horn section, keyboards, two drummers, and four alternating bassists. It always stands out, but rarely dominates. The title opener is a roaring blues-rock boogie. Tedeschi wails atop punchy gospel piano from Kofi Burbridge and a ripping slide guitar solo with horns blazing. A funky clavinet introduces the Sly Stone-inspired "Misunderstood." Trucks' silvery wah-wah guitar drives chunky horn fills, a grooving B-3, and tough vocal exchanges between the vocalists. Tedeschi and Saunders Sermons duet on the fingerpopping soul tune "Part of Me," which recalls Motown's early years; his sweet falsetto is the perfect foil for her grainy contralto. Trucks' guitar fills accent the call and response vocals in the second half, and the Northern soul melody is contrasted by a grittier Stax-style horn chart. The ballads -- the spiritually poignant "It's So Heavy" and the devastating, broken love song "Sweet and Low" -- with their subtleties and canny arrangements display a real TTB strength. It is no mean feat to deliver music this intimate and personal with such a large ensemble. On the rockers, everybody is engaged at a heightened level, as in the funky, grimy, blues-rock strut of "Whiskey Legs" and the off-the-rails roil of "The Storm." On the latter, hard rock, blues, and jazz intertwine, and Trucks gets the opportunity to spiral off into the exploratory void. Closer "Calling Out to You" is simply his National steel guitar caressing Tedeschi's voice in a tender love song. Made Up Mind is tight, though it maintains the gritty, steamy, Southern heart displayed on Revelator, though on some level it feels just a bit restrained. Everything these players have assimilated throughout their individual careers is filtered through the group consciousness. When it expresses itself fully, historical and cultural lineages are questioned and answered in their dialogue. It's a sound that is instantly recognizable, sure, but it also offers a nearly limitless set of sonic possibilities. three years in, this is the sound of a band that's just getting started. Watch out.“ (Thom Jurek, AMG)

Derek Trucks, lead guitar
Susan Tedeschi, lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Bakithi Kumalo, bass, conga, percussion
Dave Monsey, bass
Pino Palladino, bass
George Reiff, bass
Kofi Burbridge, clavinet, flute, Hammond B3, piano, Wurlitzer
Tyler Greenwell, drums, percussion
J. J. Johnson, drums, percussion
Mike Mattison, harmony vocals
Mark Rivers, harmony vocals
Kebbi Williams, saxophone
Maurice "Mobetta" Brown, trumpet
Saunders Sermons, trombone
Doyle Bramhall II, guitar, background vocals
John Leventhal, guitar

Produced by Jim Scott and Derek Trucks


The Tedeschi Trucks Band
led by the husband-and-wife duo of guitarist and vocalist Susan Tedeschi and slide guitarist Derek Trucks — began as a summer touring unit known as the Soul Stew Revival. It was both a practical consideration for the pair to spend time together with their young family and a musical endeavor. Soul Stew Revival featured members of their own bands and numerous guest musicians, and the loose-knit cooperative band performed roof-raising shows full of soul, blues, funk, and gospel standards, as well as original material. After one of these tours, the pair decided to create a home studio to be better able to finance their own recordings. Tedeschi and Trucks performed a cover of 'Space Captain' on Herbie Hancock's Imagine Project, and solidified an 11-piece band from their own units, as well as horn players and percussionists. Renamed the Tedeschi Trucks Band, they signed to Sony's Masterworks imprint, recorded over 30 songs, and eventually pared the selection down to 11 tracks for their debut album, Revelator, which was released in June 2011 and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album. It was followed in the spring of 2012 by Live: Everybody's Talkin', a sprawling double-disc set which featured material from Revelator, alongside some carefully-chosen cover versions. August 2013 brought a second studio album, Made Up Mind, which featured co-writing credits from the Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Soulive's Eric Krasno.

Booklet for Made Up Mind

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