INTERVIEW: SUSAN TEDESCHI
by Adam Perry for Denver Westword 7/26/2021
“Red Rocks is something we look forward to every year,” says singer-songwriter/guitarist Susan Tedeschi from her home in Jacksonville, Florida, where the Massachusetts native has lived for twenty years. “To me, Red Rocks is very Colorado, and you’re loving nature and just soaking it all up. If you’re that kind of person, it’s just incredible. We know it’s an honor, and we don’t take it lightly. It kind of blows my mind every time we go there. It seems like a sacred place.”
Tedeschi and her husband, all-star slide guitarist and Allman Brothers royal Derek Trucks, have been touring and recording together with the blues-rock Tedeschi Trucks Band since 2010; the act has performed at Red Rocks countless times. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was the first time in what seems like an eternity that it didn’t make the trek to Morrison. In fact, for the first time since both longtime performers were in elementary school, they didn’t step on any stages for a solid year.
“The first few months, we were actually planning on taking off,” Tedeschi recalls, “but after about four months, we were like, ‘What the heck is happening?’ It was really weird and surreal, but we stayed busy.”
They stayed busy mixing the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s new album, a 2019 live performance of the classic Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, with Phish’s Trey Anastasio sharing lead-guitar and vocal duties, and also surprised their record label with another album that’s currently in the works.
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