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July 25, 2013

Trucks' Stop

Double-bill concert features Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band


Similarly, Trucks and Tedeschi’s 8- and 11-year-old kids follow their parents where they go.

“They are on the road with us a lot,” he said, as are the children belonging to others in the band.

“(We’ve thought about) painting a tour bus yellow, and putting a tutor inside for everyone’s kids,” he said. “It would be like a 70s thing going on.”

With all those musicians — many of whom have led their own bands during their careers, it’s important to manage personalities and relationships.

“I learned firsthand from being in the Allman Brothers Band that if you let bad blood fester, it can go bad. You need to deal with that head on,” he said. “It sounds cliché, but the lines of communication really need to be wide open, all the time.”

The band has a family feel, he said, and members have weighty respect for each other. Between them they boast “two to three hundred years of road experience together.”

“It reminds me of the Big Band Era bands,” he said. “You had real musicians, not one person just out for themselves.”

For Independence Day, The Tedeschi and Trucks Band played with the Boston Pops during the 40th annual 4th of July Celebration in Boston.

“Susan was super excited about it,” Trucks said. “We had such a heavy schedule, but when she got the call, she jumped on it. Playing with the Pops at the Hatch Shell is always on the list of local musician’s dreams.”

Playing the White House, which they also did this year, makes most lists, too.

“We had our kids there, my mom, the president, the first lady in the front row, my wife on stage: It was surreal,” he said. “The rehearsal before the gig was amazing. It was not your typical Thursday and Friday night.”

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