Grammy-winning roots-rock collective Tedeschi Trucks Band will return with their new album Signs, to be released on 15 February on Fantasy Records. It will be supported by an extensive national and international tour and is previewed by the lead track ‘Hard Case.’
The 12-piece band, fronted by husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have created 11 new songs for the album, which like its predecessors was recorded at their own Swamp Raga home studio — once described as “an immaculate, two-story rockers playhouse” — in Jacksonville, Florida.
Trucks himself shared production on Signs with Jim Scott, who’s worked with the Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, and Swamp Raga studio engineer Bobby Tis. For the first time, they recorded onto two-inch analogue tape,with their original Neve console combined and a 1970s Studer tape machine. There are appearances from regular TTB collaborators Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Doyle Bramhall II and Marc Quiñones.
“This is the first record we’ve made where, when I listen to it, it puts me in a specific place,” says Trucks. “It puts me in a zone and hits some raw nerves.” Adds Tedeschi: “We are very lucky to do what we do, and we take responsibility for creating something positive to counter all the negativity. We all have to deal with tragic circumstances at times. As a musician, I feel it’s my job to go out there, kick ass the best I can and offer inspiration.”
TTB are touring in North America this month, starting with a sellout show in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday (17) in an itinerary that includes two nights each at the Chicago Theatre and New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre, and three at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The album release will be marked by a one-off performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on 20 February.
Their vast schedule also embraces a spring visit to Europe, including two nights at the London Palladium that are already sold out, before they return to North America, with shows booked into July. From late June onwards, their fifth annual Wheels Of Soul summer tour will feature guests Blackberry Smoke and Shovels and Rope. All of the band’s dates can be seen at their website.
Signs is released on 15 February. Scroll down for the tracklisting, and buy it here.
Signs (High Times)
I’m Gonna Be There
When Will I Begin
Walk Through This Life
Strengthen What Remains
Still Your Mind
All The World
They Don’t Shine