I’ve really been enjoying the new Tedeschi Trucks album. It came out last Friday and is called “Signs”. The album deals with loss and doing your best to honor those who have been taken from us too early. The album is especially poignant because on the day of its release last Friday, the band lost their founding keyboardist/flute player Kofi Burbridge.
I remember seeing Kofi play with the Derek Trucks band in 2004 at The Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, Colorado. The show always stuck out to me and I was inspired by the band’s tightness and amazing groove. A couple of years later, I saw The Derek Trucks Soul Stew Revival which featured Kofi Burbridge on keyboard along with Derek Trucks’ new wife Susan Tedeschi. The band gave a clinic before this Boston show, and discussed the many elements of being a touring band and developing and crafting their musicianship. Since then, The Tedeschi Trucks band formed and has recorded many albums and has travelled the world spreading their message and wowing audiences with their amazing musicianship. Kofi’s bass playing brother Oteil has always been a big inspiration to me ever since I started playing bass and I am lucky enough to have seen him perform live with The Allman Brothers band at Red Rocks a few times, I also saw his band Oteil and The Peacemakers perform and was inspired greatly by the performance. I always think of Tedeschi Trucks band not like a band of musicians but a big musical family. I often like to think of our musical community in The Roaring Fork Valley and LET THEM ROAR like a big family that are always willing to help each other and support what we do. We are all in it together and each new project and performance is a way to develop and strengthen our musicianship. I am definitely grateful to be surrounded by such great musicians and great people in this musical family !
This track is called Signs, High Times and is the first track off the new album
with Love, Ashton Taufer, Bass