After seven years, three studio albums and hundreds of shows together, Tedeschi Trucks Band are still an evolving experience – in membership, song bag, creative reach and the exuberant, always-rolling laboratory of concert work. 'Live From The Fox Oakland' – recorded on one stage in a single night last September in Oakland, California – is a new peak in the continuing story of a working juggernaut and great American rock & roll family band.
'Live From The Fox Oakland' is a portrait of a band at the height of their career, featuring 15 tracks from the band's show and over two hours of video footage. The collection includes cuts from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2016 album ‘Let Me Get By’ as well as cover songs frequently performed by the band, including Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On A Wire” and Bobby "Blue" Bland's "I Pity the Fool." All tracks on 'Live From The Fox Oakland', were mixed and mastered at Swamp Raga, the recording studio that Trucks and Tedeschi built from scratch next to their house, for full 5.1 surround sound using a vintage Neve console to achieve an exquisitely immersive sound experience.
“It definitely took time for us to get here. I think the connections we have in this band and among the crew and extended family is the real reason why. I look around the stage every night and am just in awe of the situation—the music’s amazing and road-tested and we all really like each other. That’s what I hear in the music—this feeling that we’re now putting 100% of what we have into this band, not going back to anything else, not having anywhere else to go.”
What began as an eight-piece group has now expanded to an onstage lineup of twelve musicians with Alecia Chakour joining Mattison and Mark Rivers in the choir; a pair of new horns in trumpeter Ephraim Owens and trombonist Elizabeth Lea; and a bassist, Tim Lefebvre, who arrived in 2013 with a biblical-length scroll of jazz, fusion and session credits. In 2016, for the sixth straight year, they were on the road for more than 200 days, and ticket sales have never been higher.
The TTB journey began on April 1, 2010 with their first gig at the Savannah Music Festival, and led to the recording and release of their Grammy-winning debut album Revelator in 2011, and Made Up Mind two years later. During their five-year rise, the group toured incessantly, raising their profile and being handpicked to play with the likes of Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and Santana; to appear on television shows hosted by Jay Leno, Conan, and on the premiere of Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show; and hosting special all-star musical salutes themselves, including Bonnaroo’s Superjam in 2014 (with Chaka Khan, Anthony Hamilton, Taj Mahal, and others), and Lock’n Festival’s Tribute to Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen in 2015 (with Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and many other original members.) Their 2016 studio album 'Let Me Get By' (Fantasy) earned praise from Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, who called it "one of the great records of the year," and opened at #15 on the Billboard 200, the group's third album in a row to debut in the Top 20.