Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Back for Bluesfest; Some Festivals Are More about the Community Than the Money, Says the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Bluesfest Is One of Them

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Back for Bluesfest; Some Festivals Are More about the Community Than the Money, Says the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Bluesfest Is One of Them

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SEANNA CRONIN

WORKING with your partner is not for every couple.

But it certainly seems to work for blues masters Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.

As the leaders of The Tedeschi Trucks Band they live in each other's back pockets.

aI've learned it's about being patient, keeping an open mind and realising that I have a lot to learn from him,a Tedeschi said.

aI try and not be the controlling woman I can probably be. We've both been our own band leaders for years. It's hard to stop yourself from leading all the time. I've learned it's better to let him lead.

aWe used to fight more and now we're together more and getting along better.a

They both enjoyed successful solo careers before joining forces.

Trucks is the youngest musician to make Rolling Stone's prestigious Top 100 Guitarists of All Time list and was a member of The Allman Brothers Band.

Tedeschi has been nominated for five Grammys for her solo albums and has opened for The Rolling Stones, BB King, Buddy Guy and Bob Dylan.

Their first collaboration with The Tedeschi Trucks Band was just as successful, with their 2011 album Revelator earning the 11-piece band a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album.

The band came to Australia on the back of that album, playing the Byron Bluesfest that same year.

aWe've done a lot of festivals everywhere from Japan to Australia to Belgium, and you know when it's a special festival,a Tedeschi said.

aAt Bluesfest the people come together as a community. There are a lot of volunteers. Some of the festivals we go back to, it's because of that. You know, the community puts their whole heart and soul into it.

aWe don't come over just because of money. We feel welcome and the people are so amazing. There are a lot of reasons you do it. Byron Bay is a special festival. …

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