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Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1061
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 12:38 pm:   Edit Post

Saw Tedeschi Trucks Band last night at the Riverside Theater.

The Congress from Denver opened for them - dang!
Those guys are really good.

Enter TTB; the whole band put on a great show, they even did a cover of Wah Wah and Gonna Take You Higher. :-D

That Derek Trucks is like the Maya Angelou of guitar - you just have to hear what he says; and then when you hear what he says you are never really the same.

He is a true master of his instrument, it's like he was born with an SG attached to his hip. Emotive phrasing and solos that would cressendo to the sounds of heaven. Even my wife couldn't deny his command of the instrument, his solo during Midnight In Harlem was painfully beautiful. Truly enjoyable show.
I recommend you see them if they pass through your town.

While digging the musicianship last night it occured to me that the last two shows my wife and I went to (Zappa Plays Zappa and now TTB) featured an awful lot of SG use - is it really that magical of an instrument?
Intermediate Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 191
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 1:25 pm:   Edit Post

Re: "magic" SG -

If you find the "right" one - yes.

I have a humbucker-equipped version and one with P-90's. Both have huge necks and thin, resonant all-mahogany bodies that are almost fragile at the neck joint.

I like them both, but for different reasons.

If you want to hear some more "SG Magic" - although in a different context - check out "Live at Leeds" by the Who.

The tone of PT's P-90-equipped SG is so intense and alive that it almost overshadows some mighty impressive bass tones...almost...

And TTB is incredible. I saw him open for Eric Johnson several years ago and I would not have wanted to take the stage following that opening act.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11209
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:30 pm:   Edit Post

I've long loved Derek Trucks' playing, and frequently will look up youtube videos that feature him. This past week I was watching him and his wife and John Mayer with B.B. King. And I love watching him play with the Allman Brothers. His right hand technique is very cool to watch (and to learn from).
Senior Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 889
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 6:35 am:   Edit Post

Paul, did they have a fantastic sax player (Ron Holloway) on Tenor Saxophone?

Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1062
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 11:04 am:   Edit Post

Vann, I believe it was Kebbi Williams on sax.

David, as a long time Who fan I am very familiar with Pete and Live at Leeds. Certainly a classic performance and as we know Pete is brutal with that instrument!

I would be remiss if I did not mention the opening band The Congress again - they were really fabulous. They hail from Denver and any members that have an opportunity to see them should do so - they play rock and roll with a flair and passion that is really enjoyable. Their latest release was recorded on analog tape and cut to vinyl, it is all cover songs including Killing Me Softly and Que Sera both of which they played live.

Dave, I really admire Derek's 'attitude', he is very humble and just gets on stage and plays his instrument with effortless grace. Golden moments were when he would crack a smile as he was pleased with the performance.
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1603
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 1:14 pm:   Edit Post

"He is a true master of his instrument, it's like he was born with an SG attached to his hip."

Well, if not, pretty darn close. Unquestionably the best of his generation!

Advanced Member
Username: peoplechipper

Post Number: 371
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post

My guitar player is a recent convert to SG's; he also plays in an ACDC cover band so was forced to use one...he used to hate them but now loves them; he loves that they weigh nothing and goes for the SG juniors with one p90; he's a recent convert to those as well, I've always thought that they were the best pickups(humbuckers don't work for me) and now he's sold too...anyway, there is magic in those slabs of mahogany, if you put the right pickups with it, my flying v(used to be Lenny Kravitz's) sounded crappy untill I put p90's in it then it sounded amazing!...Tony
Intermediate Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 193
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 - 11:23 am:   Edit Post

IMO, P-90's are the "magic" pick up for rock & roll.

Fat and clear at the same time and very responsive to finger nuances and the volume control.

Only downside is a little hum at higher gain levels.
Senior Member
Username: pace

Post Number: 957
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 - 3:16 pm:   Edit Post

I remember when Susan and Derek first hooked up, me and my friend were at the Orpheum in Boston, and our seats were next to Susan's parents..... During set break they were saying how their daughter was dating Derek, then a couple of minutes later Susan came out to bring them back stage... I was completely struck w/ awe and disbelief, and the reason was twofold~ the Tedeschi family are icons in eastern Mass, due to their convenience store franchise, and secondly, I thought Susan was a lesbian, because the lesbian that I worked with at the record store had a HUGE crush on her, and would play her first album non-stop!!! :-) Who would've thunk it?!?
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1648
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:11 am:   Edit Post

I remember doing sound for her in various blues clubs in the 80s in Boston. It would be great to see the band.

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