Many of you may remember a quaint music venue and all-around hangout spot on Walton Way called the Red Lion Pub. Back in the day, the Red Lion showcased up-and-coming artists, but one act that shines above most was the Derek Trucks Band.
Derek, nephew of the late, great Butch Trucks — founder and drummer of the Allman Brothers Band — started jamming early and became a guitar prodigy by age 11. He was no more than 16 when his Red Lion audience would stand in awe of his shredability. Derek later became a member of the Allman Brothers Band and ultimately co-front with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, who is also a product of music royalty, in the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Known for its Southern-soul-kicking-revival jams, Tedeschi Trucks Band has flourished into quite the lineup of veteran jam-mates, and after paying some dues on the road, they are releasing a double album live experience that is nothing short of bombastic. Live from the Fox Oakland is plucked directly from the soundboard at the famous Fox Theater in Oakland, California during the band’s 2016 West Coast tour.
This recording captures every aspect of musical depth the band brings to every show. The group has a knack for custom fitting the music to the venue, and this particular show brings the raw and intimate, covered with groove butter. If you are not familiar with their music, not to worry. There is a familiar chord that reverberates throughout, and I think that chord is “Southern comfort.”
- Chris Rucker