The Tedeschi Trucks Band has accomplished quite a bit during just six years together.
The group -- formed by singer-songwriter Susan Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist and songwriter Derek Trucks -- have released three studio albums and a live set, and it's played nearly as many live shows as some bands do in double or triple that time. The lineup has also changed and expanded (to a current 12 members), but most importantly, according to Trucks, things have only gotten better at every turn.
"This is what we had hoped (the band) would be going into it," Trucks, 37 -- who's also led his own band, was part of the Allman Brothers Band for six years and toured with Eric Clapton -- says by phone from Saratoga, N.Y. "It took awhile to get here, a lot of changes along the way. Right now we're in the spot I think we had been aiming for when the started.
"It's a full, living, breathing band and it's creative and it can go off in any direction. But if you just want to play a song and destroy it, we can do that, too. It's a really powerful group that way. I've never played in a group quite like it."
Trucks is quick to credit bassist Tim Lefebvre, who joined in 2013 and made his recording debut on "Let Me Get By," which came out in January, as "the missing link" that helped elevate the TTB to its current level. "He's like the secret weapon," Trucks says. "He is a world-class musician, as adventurous as they come. He had his stuff together, but when you want to go get weird or take a hard left in any direction, he's right there -- and a lot of times he calls for it.
"So in the last few years with him, I feel like the band has gone into overdrive."
Trucks plans to keep the TTB in that gear. Though "Let Me Get By" has only been out for seven months, the group is "chomping at the bit to get back into the studio," according to the guitarist, which will probably be around November. Ideas are being tried and logged during sound checks, as are in-concert improvisations which may yield source material for new songs.
And Trucks is certain that "Let Me Get By," which debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart, instilled plenty of confidence for whatever the band wants to do next.
"This was the first record we made as a band, where we feel like we've fully captured what the group does, and the personality of it," Trucks explains. "Everybody was involved in the writing. So I feel like everybody's ready to get back on that. Right now it's jsut a matter of finding a break in the action; We have to tour hard to keep a 120piece band together, but I feel like everybody's waiting for the time to get back in and do it."
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars
6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31.
Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $39.50-$99.50 pavilion, $23.50 lawn.
Call (586) 268-5100 or visit palacenet.com.
Send your thoughts and comments to