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Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi rock the blues Monday at the Tampa Theatre

Courtesy Milestone Music

Courtesy Milestone Music

Call it the season's ultimate concert two-fer for blues-rock and jam band fans: Slide-guitar wizard Derek Trucks and his band are joined by six-stringer and singer Susan Tedeschi and three horn players for Soul Stew Revival. The 11-piece group, which also includes Trucks' younger brother, Duane, on second drum kit, has already picked up glowing reviews for performances at Bonnaroo and other rock festivals.

Trucks, a Jacksonville native beloved to Tampa Bay area audiences since he was a preteen sensation playing at Skipper's Smokehouse, has gained a reputation as one of his generation's most accomplished guitarists. In addition to leading his group and serving as an integral member of the Allman Brothers Band, he played in Eric Clapton's touring band in 2006-07 and recently sat in on multiple Santana performances. This year, he has appeared on recordings by Tedeschi, Buddy Guy, McCoy Tyner, David Sanborn, Jimmy Herring, Elvin Bishop and Richie Havens. Trucks' new CD, Already Free, will be released next month. Tedeschi, who is Trucks' wife and the mother of their two children, is touring in support of her recently released Back to the River, which demonstrates a newfound maturity in her singing and playing.

Trucks and Tedeschi will appear with the Soul Stew Revival at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Tickets are $36.50-$56.50. (813) 274-8286; tampatheatre.org.

Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi rock the blues Monday at the Tampa Theatre 12/24/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:32pm]
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