If you’re a fan of rock and roll and singing the blues, odds are you are already a hug fan of Susan Tedeschi and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band. Life on the road can be hard enough, but imagine you’re the only woman on the road with a bunch of guys. Not to mention being married to guitarist, Derek Trucks. Yeah, probably not the best picture comes to mind.
Tedeschi goes on tour with 20, yes, we did just type 20, guys! She claims to sometimes carry that motherly instinct with the band as she tries to keep things in line as well as making sure that she keeps the bus clean. Let’s be real here. Guys could pretty much care less about their space, especially on the road. No offense.
When asked how it feels to play alongside of her husband, Tedeschi’s response, “It’s completely awesome.” If we were playing next to the super talented guitarist, Derek Trucks, we would think it was completely awesome too. Being the only woman on the tour bus can’t be all that bad.
“I feel more included in the boys’ club that I can play along, and I don’t have to be the center of attention at all times, which is kinda nice. I can just step back and play rhythm on a tune, or maybe, I’m the main soloist on the tune. Maybe, we’re jamming off each other. That’s really exciting and fun. I’m just learning all the time, not just from Derek, but from everybody in the band. They’re all such accomplished musicians and have amazing ears and time. I’m still growing as a musician, which is nice.”
With their second release as the Tedeschi Trucks band, “Made up Mind”, Tedeschi was asked about how it felt to sit down and write an album with her husband.
“I feel that it was a little easier, because we knew more about what to expect from each other. It was also easier not to be so stressed about it, not that we were really stressed. I think doing a very first record of any kind for any band is a bit stressful. You have expectations for people, and you’re trying to figure out what you’re trying to say and do. The second time around was very fun and organic. It was easy to have moments when we would sit and write together, or I would write with Mike and Derek would go solo. There wasn’t as much pressure to do everything together.”
It all depends on how you look at things. Susan Tedeschi takes life on the road as a learning experience and a chance for growth in her own music. Maybe being the only woman on the tour bus isn’t so bad after all.