The husband-wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have been performing together since 2008, initially as the Soul Stew Revival. But their musical relationship further formalized this year, after they put their individual careers on hold and released the self-titled debut by the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
"We experimented for awhile with different lineups, different feels and everything," says Trucks, 32, who's also a member of the Allman Brothers Band. "We waited a long time to do it, but I think part of that is knowing each other and just personally maturing to the point where you just feel 100 percent comfortable to do something like this.
"So we didn't go into this lightly. But about two years ago, for the first time it felt like if we were ever going to do it, the time was now."
Trucks says the couple's goal was for the 11-piece ensemble "to make a record that would age well," which generally meant something whose song-focused orientation leaded a bit more to Tedeschi than to the looser and more expansive approach of the guitarist's own band. But Trucks says that after 10 years of marriage and two children, he and Tedeschi know all about compromise.
"We have a pretty damn good working relationship," actually," says Trucks, whose "Already Free" beat out Tedeschi for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. I think the key, like with any relationship, is keeping the line of communication wide open. Even without your wife, you really have to love the people you're out on the road with, 'cause you're in their face all the time.
"I think we're well prepared for this. We do have two buses; if it gets rough, you can always take a night off, but so far we've remained on the same bus."
The Tedeschi Trucks Band and Scarpomatic perform on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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