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Friday, May 14, 2010

Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, & Marquis Phillips Shiraz

Derek Trucks is a Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter, and producer. He’s also the youngest player to make Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest guitarists. He began touring with the Allman Brothers Band in 1989 before finally becoming an official band member in 1999. That same year, he met Susan Tedeschi, a blues singer/guitarist and outstanding musician in her own right. Susan has an incredible voice that can range from soulful balladeering to belting blues. I heard her in a solo acoustic performance about twelve years ago in Madison, WI and was blown away. The two married in 2001. Derek continues to play with both The Allman Brothers Band and his own band, but in recent years, Trucks and Tedeschi have toured together billing themselves as the "Soul Stew Revival." I’ve included some of their solo work as well as their collaborations below. Great stuff for kicking off the weekend. Enjoy!

Walkin blues:

Key to the Highway:

Little by Little:


Take a load off:

Trucks & Haynes:

Slide solo by Trucks:

Down in the flood:

King of the slide:

Wait for me:

At Crossroads:

Good morning little schoolgirl:

Hurt so bad:

To fully enjoy Susan and Derek, you need something with body and explosive fruit. Try a Marquis Philips 2006 vintage Shiraz from south Australia. I’m not kidding when I say the aroma’s of blackberry & black cherry flood your nose. Its palate has a combination of red current jam, blackberry liqueur , blueberries, and cedar with mild tannins and a long, lingering finish. Robert Parker rated it a 92. At $18.00 it's a great buy, especially since Australia is synonymous with Shiraz and can be quite pricy. Great wine!


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