Tedeschi Trucks Band

It's always a delight to have local blues pianist Ben Levin come into the studio and not only talk about his career, but also perform on the grand piano in WVXU's Corbett Studio.  Ben sat down with me to catch up on Tuesday, December 3rd, and chat about how he feels about playing in Cincinnati clubs while going to school.  We discussed upcoming gigs at Mansion Hill Tavern (12/21 from 8pm-midnight) and BrewRiver Creole Kitchen (12/27 from 7-10pm).  

Ben also shared the details of being included on Joe Bonamassa's "Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea II" Mediterrean cruise this summer (8/14-19) with stops in Barcelona, Spain; Genoa, Italy; and Cannes, France.  The story behind his new single, "Forgot Mrs. Claus," is fun, and Ben was delighted that it has had more than 60,000 hits online so far.  He also mentioned accepting the CEA award for Ricky Nye recently.

And then, the magic happened in our Corbett Studio when Ben sat down at the grand piano and performed "Come On Take a Little Walk With Me."  

The rest of this week's blues show, Saturday, December 14th at 11pm, is a potpourri of Christmas tunes starting with Aaron Neville, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Koko Taylor, and Lonnie Brooks in the second set. Then you'll hear "Carol of the Bells" by the Marcus Roberts Trio, Houston Person, Joey DeFrancesco, and BB King in the third set.  And rounding out this program is holiday music from Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, the Goshorn Brothers, and Tuck Andress's "Little Drummer Boy." 

The week on The Blues, you'll hear the Kris Barras Band from the UK, Ronnie Woods from his Chuck Berry tribute album, and the Nick Moss Band who's up for a Grammy in the Traditional Blues Album category. Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager finish out the first set. The second set features the Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Tedeschi Trucks bands, plus Charlie MusselwhitePeter Frampton's "The Thrill is Gone" begins the last set followed by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Mavis Staples, and Johnny Adams.

Video - The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - "Blue on Black

This week on The Blues, Saturday, July 13th at 11pm, you're in for a treat.   You'll hear a phone interview I recorded earlier this week with Derek Trucks from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, plus an in-studio performance/interview featuring Ron Esposito with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt who dropped by the WVXU studio on Father's Day, June 16th, with their guitars.  You'll also hear two songs from Tedeschi Trucks Band's new album, Signs, as well as two songs by Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt live in our studio.  A shout out to Rick Andress who engineered the in-studio session with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Noah Hunt.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is bringing their Wheels of Soul tour to PNC Pavilion on Friday, July 19th and to the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Saturday, July 20th.  Both shows start at 7pm.  Opening acts are Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope.  I spoke by phone yesterday with guitarist Derek Trucks about the Tedeschi Trucks Band's new album, Signs, and also about their Wheels of Soul tour. 

The Blues: 6.8.19

Jun 6, 2019

We've got a special edition of The Blues on Saturday, June 8th at 11pm.  The show begins with a set of songs by Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Ruthie Foster, and Susan Tesdeshi.  The Tedeschi Trucks Band is bringing their tour to the PNC Pavilion July 19th.  They're in Japan next week.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, March 16th at 11pm, we're going to dig into the catalogs of several blues musicians beginning in the first set with Galactic, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and their Tedeschi Trucks Band.  The second set begins with guitar legend Lonnie Mack, Tab Benoit, Delbert McClinton, and Sugar Ray & The Bluetones.  Ending this blues show in the third set is guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, Marc Broussard, and Keith Little.

Many of these musicians are coming to Cincinnati to perform.  Tommy Emmanuel & Jorma Kaukonen at the Taft Theatre 9/27.  Marc Broussard w/Jonny Lang & JJ Grey at the PNC Pavilion 8/8.  Galactic's coming to Riverbend 6/1 w/George Clinton's One Nation Under a Groove tour.  And, the Tedeschi Trucks Band's playing PNC Pavilion 7/19.

I spoke a couple of hours ago by phone with the great guitarist Derek Trucks who's coming into town at the PNC Pavilion on Sunday, July 22nd with the Tedeschi Trucks Band along with the Drive-By Truckers & the Marcus King Band.

We talked about how the recent heat wave has affected the band and their instruments, and how this year's tour differs from last year's with the Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna.

Saturday night, July 15th at 11pm on The Blues, the spotlight's on the Tedeschi Trucks Band who's bringing their "Wheels of Soul" tour to Riverbend on July 21st and the following night, July 22nd, up at the Rose Music Center at the Heights.  The tour also features the Woods Brothers and Hot Tuna on stage with them.

So, on this blues show, we'll start off with a song by Susan Tedeschi, "Back to the River."  After this, you'll hear a phone interview by Ron Esposito with Susan Tedeschi.  She talks about her Cincinnati connection and music career.  Ending this set will be two songs by the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

After that, there'll be three songs by the Wood Brothers, too, and three after that by Hot Tuna.  Hot Tuna of course features Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady from Jefferson Airplane.  Legends, indeed!