Mavis, Susan & Derek

Probably one of the best gigs of the year for me was the Tedeschi Trucks Bands at the Royal Albert Hall. I’ve known Derek Trucks’s music for the past ten years; he ranges from John Coltrane, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to Bob Dylan, Delaney & Bonnie and Curtis Mayfield. But recently his band has joined forces with his wife’s, Susan Tedeschi’s band and so it was this mighty eleven piece that we saw back in October.

This video of Midnight In Harlem was almost our view; it must have been recorded by someone sitting just in front of us. This was perhaps their best song. But the support act, Mavis Staples was just wonderful. Susan and Derek had earlier joined her to sing Will The Circle Be Unbroken, introduced by Mavis as the first song her father, Pops Staples, ever taught her.

I love you, says Susan to Mavis at the end and I think I feel the same way. But the highlight of the whole evening was her version of The Band’s classic song, The Weight. I couldn’t find a video of her performance that night, so this earlier one will have to do – The Weight.

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