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July 25, 2013

Trucks' Stop

Double-bill concert features Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi bring a lot of musical talent to their marriage.

He was a child prodigy: bought his first guitar for 5 bucks at age 9; performed for pay at age 11; and by the time he was 13 had performed with Buddy Guy and was on tour with the Allman Brothers Band.

Over the years he added gigs with Eric Clapton and Herbie Hancock, not to mention making the cover of Rolling Stone.

She is a soul queen with Boston roots who has opened for John Mellencamp, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal , Bob Dylan and The Allman Brothers Band, and who has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards.

They played in the same circles, married in 2001, so it only made sense that they’d eventually take breaks from their solo careers and form a band together.

The result is the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which hit the road in 2010 and is soon making stops in Boston and Gilford, N.H. The band is co-headlining with the Black Crowes.

“It’s not about the light show, or what dubbed-in music you can blast,” said Trucks, 34, describing the live performances of the 11-piece ensemble with “bottomless talent.”

“With a band like this, the trick is pointing it all in the right direction,” added Trucks, who is No. 16 on Rolling Stones magazine’s Top 100 Guitarists of all time. “At the end of the show, not in jest, Susan always goes to the band members and says thanks for letting me be in your band.”

The Tedeschi Trucks Band has released three albums, the Grammy-winning “Revelator” (2011), “Everybody’s Talkin’” (2012), and “Made Up Mind,” due out in August. The new album is packed with grinding and searing blues, hopped-up funk, ethereal melodies, horns, and deep soul.

“Putting the album together there was no goal,” he said. “We just followed it where it wanted to go.”

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