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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
Love Susan Tedeschi's music and voice. A close comparison to Bonnie RaittPublished 10 days ago by ELIZABETH FRONK
A++++. Excellent transaction. Would buy from this seller again. Great bandPublished 16 days ago by Murnasue
Susan Tedeschi has got to have one of the most beautiful and powerful voices in blues/rock. This is a great album was some superb gems. Really, it's nice to hear her without Derek. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazed
Susan only plays Boulder here in Colorado, as best I can tell, so living down here in Colorado Springs, I never get to hear her live. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bernie Butt
My first CD by Susan Tedeschi and I love it, she sounds like Bonnie Raitt but she holds her own and is very talented. Love this CD.Published 3 months ago by Lee Flower
Very good cd. I really like Susan's voice. Just became a new Tedeschi Trucks Band fan, wanted to hear more of Susan's earler music.Published 5 months ago by Becky Smith
Susan Tedeschi is extremeley talented. She has great vocals, guitar ability and a fantastic backing band.
This CD is Highly recommended.
Awesome Bonnie Raitt-esque voice. Very cool vocal, lyrics and music. Could listen to this over and over without tiring.... Read morePublished 7 months ago by melissa behrens
If you like Bonnie Raitt; especially the older stuff by Bonnie, you will really love this album. Susan has a bluesy, soulful sound, and the songs are solid. Plus... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennifer S.