SATURDAY 11/16. Robinson Center Music Hall. $30-$310.
Arkansas is in store for another fiery blues-rock show from America’s foremost (and probably only) 12-piece rock-blues-soul-funk-jazz-gospel powerhouse. Tedeschi Trucks Band is in town Nov. 16 at Little Rock’s Robinson Center. Southern Avenue, a rising nouveau soul band from Memphis, will open the show.
Touring behind its latest release, “Signs,” TTB preserves everything worth saving about classic rock music while emphatically making its own artistic mark. Its recent headlining slot at the huge Lockn’ Festival in Virginia covered Derek and the Dominos’ entire “Layla and Assorted Love Songs” record, with assists from Trey Anastasio of Phish and frequent Trucks collaborator Doyle Bramhall II.
Co-leader Susan Tedeschi looks like the cool mom on the middle school PTA board and sounds like Mahalia Jackson and Bonnie Raitt joined up to create an heir to their reputations. In any normal band, she would be the best guitar player, but she’s married to Derek Trucks, the maestro of the outfit. With one foot in tradition and the other in innovative virtuosity, he is endlessly creative as he demonstrates exactly why he’s been the youngest person on every “best-of” guitar list since he was a teenager.
Recommended if you like music, period, especially the kind of joyous rock music made by Derek and the Dominos, the Allman Brothers Band or Joe Cocker in his Mad Dogs and Englishmen days.