Tedeschi Trucks Band // I Am The Moon: Crescent // Album Series Review

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band are a band on another level, a twelve-piece rock and soul band that create the most wonderful sonic tapestries going in today’s modern music industry. Now, how you get to a twelve-piece band only they will know, and how you decide that twelve is the magic number and not eleven or thirteen I’ll never know, but these twelve make the most beautiful music. 

Their latest undertaking I am The Moon sees the band split its release across four separate releases and Derek Trucks explains when looking at some of his favourite recordings, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Axis: Bold As Love, he says “It’s 36 minutes long, that’s the way to digest a record” and he’s not wrong. This modern world is an absolute killer for musicians far and wide. If we think back to the days of LPs, vinyl where you had to be dedicated, actually turn on your record player, unsheathe an album, carefully place that recording on your record player and drop that needle and wait to absorb the 5 or 6 songs on the A-side. 

That was an experience in itself, today it’s Alexa play, or Hey Google play, the connection is lost, lost In translation, lost in space? Who knows, but the way we access and absorb music now is literally depressing. That religious experience we grew up with is gone for the new millennials, they’re playing labours of love through mobile phone speakers, Alexa speakers, or $10 bluetooth speakers #shootmenow All that effort that bands like TTB slave over, the tone of the guitar, capturing an honest recreation of the vocals, mic choices, studios, producers, mastering all for us to bastardise it at home. Welcome to 2022. 

Whilst how we choose to listen to it at home is out of the artist’s hands, what we absorb isn’t. I Am The Moon: Crescent is a Tapas sized portion of this stunning recording to allow you to fully absorb, connect with and understand the love and attention that goes into a recording such as this. Born out of the pandemic, the first instalment explores romantic relationships, collective struggles, faith and the human experience. A collective collaborative project with multiple layers that run deep throughout, the initial piece takes you on a sonic rollercoaster that will keep you on your toes,  starting at a canter with the signature sultry sound that Susan Tedeschi’s voice is infamous for, it lures you in, builds up in layers and leaves you breathless. You get uplifted and carried through this musical journey along with the members of the band who poured their heart and soul into every nuance across a glorious 36-minute masterpiece. 

I Am The Moon: Crescent is available now:

 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND PREMIERE

I AM THE MOON: CRESCENT – THE FIRST OF THE BAND’S EPIC 4-ALBUM AND 4 COMPANION FILM SERIES

 

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band — the revered, GRAMMY-winning, twelve-piece rock and soul band headed by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have premiered I Am The Moon: Crescent, the first episode of their epic four-part I Am The Moon album series with an LP length companion visual directed by the noted filmmaker Alix Lambert.

 

An immersive audio-visual experience, the film serves both as a companion piece to Crescent — and as a collective first listen experience for the band and fans alike before the album is released in stores and on digital platforms later this week, Friday, June 3rd.

What began as a pandemic related writing exercise transformed into a career defining artistic statement as TTB reimagined Layla and Majnun, the mythic Persian tale of star-crossed lovers through a modern-day lens: grappling with grief, fate, and romance as a way to process the emotional and isolating effects of the era.

Featuring I Am the Moon’s affecting title track and the project’s lone instrumental called, “Pasaquan,” I Am The Moon: Crescent was borne of riffs and ideas developed collectively at the Trucks’ family farm in rural Georgia and their home studio in Jacksonville, FL. Across its five tracks, I Am the Moon: Crescent traverses life and love through a robust tapestry of blues, funk, country, jazz and gospel: the perfect introduction to the grand saga that Tedeschi Trucks Band have in store over next few months.

In this new thrilling and creative chapter for TTB, the four albums that comprise I Am The Moon — I. Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, and IV. Farewell — will be released in successive months beginning with I. Crescent, available June 3rd digitally and on CD. (All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9th, 2022.)

In addition, each installment of I Am the Moon features its own album length companion film that will debut three days prior to each audio release. The films present the music communally online in an unbroken chain. Full film and audio release dates below.

Pre-order I AM THE MOON HERE and watch the project trailer HERE

The concept behind I Am The Moon, the band’s fifth studio recording, was suggested by TTB vocalist Mike Mattison in May 2020, two months after the band was forced off the road by the pandemic. Layla & Majnun was the title inspiration for Derek and the Dominos’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs – an influential album for TTB. Written collectively and collaboratively, by January 2021 the band was recording I Am The Moon at Tedeschi and Trucks’ home studio, Swamp Raga, in Jacksonville, FL, with Derek behind the soundboard as producer and long-time studio engineer Bobby Tis in charge of recording and mixing.

The limited-edition, I Am The Moon Deluxe Box Set, including all four albums in the I Am The Moon series on 180g black vinyl, plus additional special items, will be available September 9th, 2022 — order EXCLUSIVELY through the TTB store and the Fantasy Records store.

Tedeschi Trucks Band have extensive tour dates planned for 2022. See below for the complete list. For ticket information, please visit tedeschitrucksband.com.

 

 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:

 

I Am The Moon: I. Crescent

Film Premiere: May 31st

Album Release: June 3rd

 

I Am The Moon: II. Ascension

Film Premiere: June 28th

Album Release: July 1st

I Am The Moon: III. The Fall

Film Premiere: July 26th

Album Release: July 29th

 

I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell

Film Premiere: August 23rd

Album Release: August 26th

I Am The Moon – All Vinyl Configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box

Available September 9th, 2022.

Tedeschi Trucks Band:

Susan Tedeschi: Guitar and Vocals

Derek Trucks: Guitar

Gabe Dixon: Keys and Vocals

Brandon Boone: Bass Guitar

Tyler Greenwell: Drums and Percussion

Isaac Eady: Drums and Percussion

Mike Mattison: Guitar and Vocals

Mark Rivers: Vocals

Alecia Chakour: Vocals

Kebbi Williams: Saxophone

Ephraim Owens: Trumpet

Elizabeth Lea: Trombone

 

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates

June 24                      Jacksonville, FL                    Daily’s Place Amphitheater

June 25                       Mobile, AL                           Mobile Civic Center

June 26                      Tuscaloosa, AL.                     Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

June 28                       Indianapolis, IN                   The Amphitheater at White River State Park

June 29                        Detroit, MI                            Fox Theatre

July 1                          Canandaigua, NY                   Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands

                                                                                                            Performing Arts Center

July 2                            Gilford, NH                           Banks of New Hampshire Pavilion

July 3                            Saratoga Springs, NY            Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 6                              New Haven, CT                      Westville Music Bowl

July 8                            Philadelphia, PA                   The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

July 9                            Essex Junction, VT               Midway Lawn

July 10                             Patchogue, NY                       Great South Bay Music Festival

July 12                             Lewiston, NY                          ArtPark

July 13                             Cincinnati, OH                        PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

July 15 – 16                     Atlanta, GA                             Fox Theatre

July 19                             Vienna, VA                              Wolf Trap

July 20                             Richmond, VA                         Virginia Credit Union LIVE!

July 21                              Raleigh, NC                            Coastal Credit Union Music Park

July 23                              Charlotte, NC                          PNC Music Pavilion

July 24                              Huber Heights, OH                 Rose Music Center at The Heights

July 26                              Aurora, IL                                RiverEdge Park

July 27                               St. Louis, MO                          Fabulous Fox Theatre

July 29 – 30                       Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheatre

August 18                         San Diego, CA                        Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater

August 19                         Los Angeles, CA                     The Greek Theatre

August 20                         Berkeley, CA                           The Greek Theatre

August 23                         Sacramento, CA                     Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

August 24                         Eugene, OR                             Cuthbert Amphitheater

August 26                         Auburn, WA                            White River Amphitheater

August 27                         Bend, OR                                   Hayden Homes Amphitheater

August 28                          Reno, NV                                     Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

August 31                          Boise, ID                                    Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden

September 1                     Bonner, MT                               Kettlehouse Amphitheater

September 3                     Moorhead, MN                           Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater

September 29 – Oct 8    New York, NY                               Beacon Theatre

October 17                   Copenhagen, DK.                         Amager Bio

October 18                   Copenhagen, DK                          Amager Bio

October 20                   Randers, DK                              Vaerket

October 21                   Oslo, NO                                    Sentrum Scene

October 22                   Stockholm, SE                             Annexet

October 25                   Berlin, DE                                 Verti Music Hall

October 26                   Hamburg, DE                            Edel-optics.de Arena

October 27                   Prague, CZ                                Forum Karlin

October 30                   Rotterdam, NL                          RTM Stage

November 2                  Dublin, IE                                  The Helix

November 4                  London, UK                               The London Palladium

November 5                  London, UK                               The London Palladium

November 6                  London, UK                               The London Palladium

November 9                  Manchester, UK                          Manchester Academy

November 10                Glasgow, UK                             O2 Academy Glasgow

November 12                Paris, FR                                   Le Trianon

November 13                Paris, FR                                   Le Trianon

November 15                Paris, FR                                   Bataclan

 

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