Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce New Album ‘Signs’ out Feb 15
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grammy-winning twelve-piece musical powerhouse led by husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have announced their new album Signs, out February 15, 2019 (on Fantasy Records/Caroline Australia).
Featuring eleven new original songs, the album expands on the group’s wide-ranging musical appetites, while facing down troubled times with conviction. The group’s world-class musicianship is renowned and reports are that their new offering will add to their impressive catalogue with a genre-defying collection that runs the gamut from uplifting soulful anthems to bittersweet ballads and driving rock and roll.
To accompany the announcement, Tedeschi Trucks Band have released a new song “Hard Case,” which showcases Derek’s peerless guitar work and Susan’s stunning, soulful vocals, always a winning combination.
Signs is said to be a true band effort, with each of the supremely talented members playing a significant role. As with its predecessors, the album was recorded in Tedeschi and Trucks’ backyard studio Swamp Raga, with additional contributions from regular and gifted collaborators Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Doyle Bramhall II, and Marc Quiñones.
Trucks shared production and engineering duties with Jim Scott (The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty) and Swamp Raga studio engineer Bobby Tis, and the band recorded live to two-inch analogue tape for the first time, using their original Neve console combined with a 70’s Studer tape machine.
A sense of loss and frustration will wash over portions of Signs. A number of tragedies hit home during the writing and recording of the album, as the group said goodbye to family members and friends including Derek’s uncle and Allman Brothers alumnus Butch Trucks, founding Brother Gregg Allman, and mentors Leon Russell and Col. Bruce Hampton. Political polarization, intolerance, and threats to an environment they see as increasingly under siege are also dealt with as well.
“This is the first record we’ve made where, when I listen to it, it puts me in a specific place”, explains Derek. “It puts me in a zone and hits some raw nerves.”
There are optimism and hope as well. “We are very lucky to do what we do, and we take responsibility for creating something positive to counter all the negativity,” asserts Susan. “We all have to deal with tragic circumstances at times. As a musician, I feel it’s my job to go out there, kick ass the best I can and offer inspiration.”
Here’s an audio clip of the new track “Hard Case”: