When a husband and a wife both have their own bands and both make amazing music, the temptation must be there to combine their talents. It doesn’t always work, of course, and a prime example of that would be the bizarre Two The Hard Way, an album made by Greg Allman and his then wife Cher. Musically, they had little in common and that came across in a bit of a shambles of a record (with one of the most hideous front covers I’ve ever seen). So was it a risk for a current band-mate of Greg’s to make an album with his wife?
Not a bit of it. That band-mate is Derek Trucks, who has been in the Allman Brothers Band since 1999, joining his uncle Butch, but has also been releasing albums on his own with the Derek Trucks Band. He’s married to bluesy singer Susan Tedeschi, and they’ve made appearances on each other’s albums in the past, but decided a couple of years ago to pool their resources, if only to ensure they were able to record and tour together full-time. Hence the creation of The Tedeschi-Trucks Band.
Their first album came out this month, called Revelator and, hardly surprisingly, it’s an absolute belter. The combination of Tedeschi’s fantastic vocals and the slide guitar of Trucks is a winning one and with the backing of a combination of their previous solo groups, it’s a feast of quality music. Given the pedigree of both of them and how good both of their own albums had been, it’s no surprise that it works so well, but it’s an exciting release nonetheless and I really hope that there’s more to come from this happy couple.