WANT TO GO?
Tedeschi Trucks Band
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: $40 and $65
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The life of a blues musician isn't all loneliness, hard times and heartache. Sometimes there's just not a lot to be blue about.
Lately, things have been going very well for blues and soul musician Susan Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks. On Feb. 12, their band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, scored a Best Blues Album Grammy Award for its debut, "Revelator." Later that week, the 11-piece ensemble played at the White House.
Yes, 2012 is shaping up to be an amazing year, but Tedeschi, who performs with her band Friday night at the Clay Center, said she had no idea how they could top that.
"That week was amazing," she said. "We went from Japan to L.A., playing amazing sold-out shows in Japan, then coming home to L.A. to win the Grammy. And Derek got a lifetime achievement award with the Allman Brothers."
Not bad since Trucks is only 32. "But he deserves it," Tedeschi said. "He's been touring with them since he was 9 years old."
After the Grammys, the band went to the White House where it played at Red, White and Blues, a special recorded for PBS. The concert featured performances by B.B. King, Jeff Beck and Mick Jagger among others.
Blues legend Buddy Guy managed to convince President Obama to sing a verse of "Sweet Home Chicago." "Because that's where he was from when he was in the Senate," Tedeschi said.