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July 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The Tedeschi-Trucks dream, still unfulfilled | Concert preview

The crowd was drunk on dollar Pabst and screaming for an encore when Susan Tedeschi joined her husband on stage during the Derek Trucks Band’s 2005 set at Moscow, Idaho’s, John’s Alley. She was met with a roar and the sold-out room was treated to a rarity, something fans of the pair had long been begging for: a Tedeschi-Trucks collaboration.

Trucks entered the public eye in 1999 when he was hired to fill Duane Allman’s old slide-guitar slot in the Allman Brothers Band. He was 19. His eponymous ensemble became darlings of the jam-band circuit on the backs of jazz-influenced records like “Soul Serenade” and “Already Free.”

Tedeschi earned a Grammy nod in 2000 when she was nominated alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera for the Best New Artist trophy (the future “The Voice” judge went home with the statue). With a booming voice and command of the fret board, she showed commercial promise and was packaged as the second coming of Bonnie Raitt.

On the side, the couple was making babies. Making music together was a bit harder.

Tastes of the two together were sprinkled through each others’ respective catalogs, but working for competing record labels made a proper record impossible. After touring extensively together with a single band, they formed The Tedeschi-Trucks Band and released “Revelator” in 2011, which took home a Grammy for best blues album. They’ve since released a live album, “Everybody’s Talkin’ ” and are supporting their 2013 studio release, “Made Up Mind,” at Marymoor Park on Thursday, July 17. Three albums deep, the band is a testament to at least two clichés: Be careful what you wish for and it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

The young group’s oeuvre has yet to fulfill the promise of that long sought-after musical marriage. If such a thing is even possible.

Trucks doesn’t talk beyond introductions and never sings on stage. But his voice is one of the most distinctive in popular music. Through omission, the Tedeschi Trucks band reveals his greatest virtue: that of a lyrical instrumentalist. It’s how he plays the melody that best demonstrates his sonic fingerprint. During the best of times of the Derek Trucks Band’s run, he was front and center, an instrumental vocalist who played the solos and sang the melodies through his guitar. In the 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band, he’s a glorified soloist waiting his turn.

There are satisfying moments in “Made Up Mind,” and core fans of Tedeschi’s soulful blues should have no complaints. But Trucks fans may be nostalgic for a time when the two bands were kept at arm’s length, and the dream of uniting them was only a dream.

6:50 p.m., Thursday, July 17, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E. Redmond; $30 to 75, All ages (206-205-3661 or



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