UNIVERSITY of BUFFALO
Center for the Arts
Tuesday October 14th
BACK TO THE RIVER….That
is the title of Roots Rocker
new album due out in stores on October 28th.
The captivating four-time Grammy nominated
vocalist/songwriter/guitarist fifth studio album has cultivated
a tapestry of world music blends enriched only by the lyrics
that lace them together.
TEDESCHI, a BERKLEE
grad is the mother of two and wife of guitar prodigy
DEREK TRUCKS (ALLMAN
has assembled an astounding array of artists from all genres of
the musical spectrum to harvest a colorful collection of salient
Artists like TONY JO WHITE, ALLEN TOUISSANT, SONYA
KITCHELL and songwriter/producers John Leventhal and
Gary Lourdis of the JAYHAWKS supply the backbone while
copious vocals soar across the gamut on this 4 star effort.
Ross CAT- Hello Susan thanks so much for your
valuable time we’re looking forward to your visit to the
University of Buffalo (www.ubcfa.org);
where by the way your husband will be performing on November 2nd
with the DEREK
SUSAN- Excellent; No
problem at all it’s my pleasure.
Ross CAT- First off congratulations on this amazing
collection of new songs on “Back
to the River”.
vocals are spine tingling, I have a feeling this record
may take you from nominee to the winners podium at the Grammy’s
so kind of you to say, it means even more because this is my
most personal body of work, we are really proud of what we’ve
accomplished on this record.
come out swinging on the very first track
which features talented guitarist
DOYLE BRAMHALL II
(ARC ANGELS, also toured with legends the
likes of ERIC CLAPTON and ROGER WATERS). You hate to make
comparisons but this song echoes of JANIS JOPLIN.
cool to hear. We tried to make this more of a Rock Record, we
really wanted to give it a
JOPLIN, JIMI HENDRIX vibe.
“Back to the River”,
it references working your way back home to your family
which includes guitar virtuoso
and your two children.
I had the pleasure of speaking with
on a few occasions and he voiced the same feelings of
longing for home to be with you and the kids. That soulful
alliance you share is certainly refreshing to find in your line
I want to pose the same question to you that I did to
does it make it easier having your spouse in the industry in the
sense of understanding the rigors of the road and the demand on
each others time?
so sweet of you to say. It most definitely helps having
understand the demands of recording and touring. We end up
being away from each other like four weeks at a time which is
almost like being in a military family situation.
Often we’re off traveling in different countries
at different times and you can’t always be together, that can
really be difficult on a relationship as well as a family.
We’re both understanding enough and know what we’re doing and
why we’re out doing what we do. It most definitely helps being
able to be a support system for each other.
I will say that if one of us doesn’t agree with what
the other is doing we don’t hesitate to speak up to give an
opinion or an alternative.
It’s really hard for
to stay home these days he gets so many
great offers to do so many amazing things musically, I’m always
making him go when he gets the chance. I tell him I’ll stay
home and you go, I’m cool with that I’m working on songs and
raising the kids it’s really all good!!!
enlisted an elite group of songwriters and musicians to
contribute to this socially relevant and spirited collection of
songs, tell us about working with TONY JO WHITE on the title
SUSAN-Thank you, it
was a wonderful experience getting to meet him and to write with
him. We met in his studio in
Nashville he’s very sweet, we hung out for the day getting to
know each other. I got to check out his really cool collection
of guitars, amps and pedals and we just started to jam.
We hit it off right away, he asked me about
the kids and my home, which is on the St. John’s River in
Jacksonville, Florida. He wanted to get a visual of what my
life was like and that lead us “Back to the River”. He started
with an awesome riff it was almost like a ZEPPELIN version with
his funky touch added, so we built the song around that.
It was an enlightening experience he’s such a spunky
and soulful person, I had so much fun.
Ross CAT- Another great artist you worked with on
the record is legendary jazz musician ALLEN TOUISSANT on “Break
in the Road”,
tell us about that collaboration.
SUSAN-Yeah he’s such a
wonderful songwriter. Unfortunately I didn’t get to write with
him on that particular song but I would love to sometime soon.
That song is an old treasure, it’s the only cover on the record
and it was one that ALLEN had shared with BETTY HARRIS.
I thought that if I was going to do a Rockin’ record I
wanted to do something with a
New Orleans funk as a kind of tribute to all the musicians
who’ve carried on with the healing of music despite all the
tragedy over the past five years.
Ross CAT- “700
Houses” really caught my
attention it’s a socially riveting song affirming resilience
with an inspirational chorus asking, “What
can be done, Another
storm to overcome”;
slides through with his soulful strings.
SUSAN- Thank you, I
had been thinking about all the hurricanes especially now with
my family living in
Jacksonville. Every time it misses us I’m so thankful, at the
same time I’m hoping and praying for those who are affected by
Ross CAT- As this country approaches one of our
most important elections in decades you join forces with a
talented young songwriter SONYA KITCHELL for the song “People”;
which cries out for everyone to make an educated decision and
let their voices be heard.
SUSAN- Exactly, I’m
not trying to be super political on this record what I’m trying
to say is that we are human beings with a moral responsibility
to look out for each other; so lets educate ourselves and get
out and do what we can to make this world a better place for our
Ross CAT- How did you
manage to recruit DEREK
TRUCKS whose in such high
demand, touring with artists like ERIC CLAPTON, BUDDY GUY and
the ALLMAN BROTHERS not to mention his own band, to contribute
on the album? Did you make him play for his supper?
I know I’m so lucky in so many respects he really is an amazing
partner. I told him honey I wrote this part for you so you need
to play on it. He said “O.K. what do you want me to do on it”.
I just told him to listen to the demo you’ll hear it and you’ll
know what to do.
I see DEREK
also produced the funky track
where he gets his guitar groove
on with some chunky chords.
SUSAN- We built a
studio at our home and he had just finished recording his next
DEREK TRUCKS BAND
album, so we where kind of both in and out at the same time. I
was in the studio playing “Butterfly”
with my band and DEREK
came over and said “honey let me play with you guys, he said
this song is really awesome but it’s missing something how bout
this”. So he steps in and gives me this beautiful CURTIS
MAYFIELD type bridge, I was like OH MY GOD I LOVE it.
Ross CAT- The sky
seems to be the limit when you and
collaborate together; can fans look forward to more of the
tours in between your busy schedules?
SUSAN- Yeah for sure,
our main goal is to try and do it when the children are out of
school for at least a month every summer. We take the kids out
with us and go cross country with a thirteen piece band and two
tour buses, it’s a crazy ordeal just like everybody’s family
picnic or reunion, ours just happens to be on wheels and lasts
for a month.
The music is so unique from what
and I do on our own; it’s almost like a
hybrid of our musical taste and influences. We have so many
great artists and songs to pick from that each night offers up a
different set. We also break out some original material written
specifically for SOUL STEW that we play it’s really fun; it’s a
musical playground for us.
Ross CAT- You and
make a guest appearance on the latest
record “SKIN DEEP”
jamming with the legend on “Too Many Tears” tell us how
that collaboration came about?
SUSAN-DEREK and I
have both known BUDDY for a long time; his producer TOM
HAMBRIDGE also produced “Just
Won’t Burn” for me and played
wanted us to play on the record so Tom came down to the house
with the track and we did it right in our own backyard studio.
Rapport would like to
TEDESCHI for taking time out of
her frantic schedule. We would also like to thank Carrie
Tolles from Shore Fire Media for setting us up.
Be sure to visit
for a copy of this amazing new
album and upcoming fall tour dates.
Ladies first, look for the
DEREK TRUCKS in the October 27th
issue to preview his visit with the
at the U.B.
Center for the Arts
on Sunday November 2nd.