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"I think it's a pivotal record for me - I like this one a lot,” Susan Tedeschi says of her new Verve Forecast release Back to the River. “I think it's really emotional, but it's not really a blues record. The blues is still in there, but there's a lot of other stuff too. I definitely put a lot into this one and worked really hard to put a lot ... Read more in Amazon's Susan Tedeschi Store

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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • ASIN: B001E2PTJK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Back To The River is Susan Tedeschi's 2008 album, her second recording for Verve Forecast. Susan writes, sings and plays on a hard-driving collection of new songs that offer an emotionally honest look at love and life. Produced by George Drakoulias (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Crowes, Jayhawks) it also features performances by Derek Trucks (who also produced 1 track), Gary Louris and Doyle Bramhall II. Tedeschi's Verve Forecast debut, Hope and Desire, focused on her amazing vocal talents as an interpreter of other's songs. This time out she turns her pen, guitar and powerful voice to her own work having written or co-written all but one song.

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On her latest album, Back to the River, singer and guitarist Susan Tedeschi uses her hard blues style to tell stories of family life. Her own day-to-day existence with husband Derek Trucks (a guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band) and their two children may not be average, but Tedeschi's songs have universal appeal.

After studying voice at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tedeschi says she discovered the blues. "I think it was so fresh and new that I couldn't help but want to play along," she says. "Different guitar players really inspired me to want to learn how to sing on the guitar. I didn't care that my fingers were getting tore up or any of that."

'Can't Sleep At Night' Tedeschi's mix of blues style and domestic tales creates songs like "Can't Sleep at Night," with its tortured lyrics. The song was written late one night after the kids had gone to bed and her husband was on tour. "I was at home," she says, "and I remember going down in the garage and just looking at all the messes of things that I should be cleaning, and I was like, 'I don't want to clean. I think I just want to sit and play.' "The negative feelings in Tedeschi's songs can be attributed to the feelings of others, rather than her own, she says. "I think sometimes I tap into other people," she says. "I sometimes write about other things that I see or just different situations. I think during that time I had a lot of friends that were getting divorces. Sometimes the people around you really affect what you write."

The Influence Of Motherhood Tedeschi says her children have a significant impact on all aspects of her musical career, from songwriting to touring. "It's difficult now that they're in school. I can't just pick them up and throw them on a tour bus and go on the road with them," she says. Instead, the family stays in contact through daily phone calls: "I'm on the phone with them in the mornings if they're getting ready for school, just trying to quickly say hi."

In a way, though, her children are with her at every performance: Both she and her husband keep photos of the children on their amps on stage. "It helps us think about them," Tedeschi says. "It just helps us stay grounded." Her kids have also influenced the kinds of stories she tells in her songs. "I think, having kids, I really care more about the world. I'm not just caring about myself," she says. "In the past, I never really wanted to deal with stuff. I'm always trying to write about positive things now. I think it's less melancholy and more positive." -- All Things Considered, November 24, 2008

Customer Reviews

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I feel that with every play it will just get more comfortable -- like a favorite pair of old jeans.
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In my opinion, simply one of this duo's best ever.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By NY blues guitar fan on October 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This cd rocks! Just got it in the mail today (way to go amazon) and I'm listening to it for the 3rd time. Susan's at the top of her game on this cd. Husband and guitar god Derek Trucks plays guitar on four tracks and produces one track, and Doyle Bramhall II plays on three. It's interesting to note that these are the two guitar players that toured with Eric Clapton's band in his big tour a couple of years ago.
I've been looking forward to this cd and I wasn't disappointed. Way to go Susan!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By dickydo on October 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A terrific disc. Bluesy, hard rockin'and tender this really has it all. The first cut Talking About starts things off with a bang. The title cut is a piece of swamp rock heaven, co-written with swamp rock master Tony Joe White. Her killer band is equally at home with the hard rockers and ballads. As always with Ms. Tedeschi it's that voice, purring and growling or soft and moving she is a true wonder to behold. It doesn't get much better than this.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By audie o'phile on November 9, 2008
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I've been a fan of Susan Tedeschi the moment I heard "It hurts so bad".Not only does she really showcase her vocal talents here, she also makes a step forward in songwriting.Very slick and tight arrangements,on each song,makes this a must listen to.Bluesy,rockin',jazzy,gospel too, a fine fine effort ,again, by an under-rated artist.I especially loved the cover of Allen Toussaint's "Theres a break in the road"and Susan on lead guitar.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooper VINE VOICE on October 28, 2008
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The new CD, although not identical to "Just Won't Burn", is a hard rocking set that will please fans of the earlier set. It is a bit less bluesy set than the earlier set. Whatever style she's doing, she sounds great and is uniquley her own artist.
Good help here is received from her husband Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall. It's a solid set of songs well delivered. Here's hoping this expands her fan base even more as she is certainly a very good artist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John M. Sadowski on November 24, 2008
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I just recently learned of Susan Tedeschi -- like, today! I heard a few clips from Back to The River on a radio interview and was blown away. I came home and immediately downloaded the entire album, something I seldom do. Like most, I am track picker, but this album is well worth an entire album download. Here some comments on a few of my favorite tracks:

The opening track, "Talking About", hits a lick that conjures the spirit of Janis' Move Over and Susan's controlled vocals add the right amount of heat.

Title tune "Back to the River" is a gritty rocker about the pain of the road and missing home.

"Butterfly" cooks with a driving tempo. I'd love to hear this one live in a smokey basement juke joint. Feels right.

But my favorite track is "Can't Sleep at Night" a straight ahead blues ballad that hallmarks Susan's excellent tonality and solid playing. Something to listen to when all alone at 3AM. Nice.

Susan mixes the gravel in her voice with a sweetness that cuts through like the warmth of fine whiskey on a Fall evening. You could compare her to Bonny Raitt in the way she bends a musical phrase or Janis when she belts it hard. Both would be apt. But, not to belittle either of those legendary ladies of blues, Susan takes the whole experience to a higher level and greater sense of polish without feeling slick.

Back to the River is very listenable. I feel that with every play it will just get more comfortable -- like a favorite pair of old jeans.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Susan Tedeschi on "Austin City Limits." Her gritty voice and down to earth style are what got me looking for more of her recordings. People who say rock is dead haven't heard Susan playing.

She's written every song on this CD except for one cover instead of her previous release of all covers. Plus, she's got her husband Derek Trucks playing guitar and guest appearance singers like Tony Joe White (the Swamp Fox) on "Back to the River."

My favorites:

"Back to the River"
"Break in the Road"

Rebecca Kyle, November 2008
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Boyce on November 29, 2008
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Susan just keeps getting better. Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall, along with Susan give this cd as good guitar playing as it gets. Tom Petty's producer gives a new cooler sound to Susan, imo. I really like all the tracks, not just one or two. Check it out if you like rock and roll with killer guitars!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Balog on December 1, 2008
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Susan Tedeschi continues to rock on this CD. If you love her, you will continue to enjoy her talent. If you haven't had a CD by Susan get it now! She is such a talented artists who surrounds herself with amazing musical artists that enhance her skills. Susan you are the best! (Even better in concert!)
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