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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tone Cool
  • ASIN: B000003A1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rock Me Right
2. You Need To Be With Me
3. Little By Little
4. It Hurt So Bad
5. Found Someone New
6. Looking For Answers
7. Can't Leave You Alone
8. Just Won't Burn
9. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
10. Angel from Montgomery
11. Friar's Point

Editorial Reviews


A Boston native now living in Atlanta, Sue Tedeschi gets wildly overpraised by some purported blues pundits and gratuitously slammed by others. The truth lies somewhere in between. She's an earnest but undistinguished singer and a functional songwriter-guitarist whose music provides mild entertainment. On an album that veers between blues-slanted material (try "Friar's Point") and bluesy pop-rock (take your pick), she carries on with élan but none of the finesse or emotional clarity of a big-league singer like Joan Osborne or Bonnie Raitt. Tedeschi's cover of John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery," alas, is her blatant imitation of the famous redhead but it is light years away from Raitt's persuasive capacity for interpreting lyrics. The most alluring track is "Can't Leave You Alone," written by Tedeschi band member Adrienne Hayes, who unleashes a stirring little guitar solo therein. --Frank-John Hadley


[O]n some tracks, the songwriting ... is too predictable. Although [Tedeschi's] guitar playing is a focal point of the disc, her solos are generally unremarkable (or worse) and versatile in all the wrong ways.... With no pretensions of being a slide guitar wizard or a raunchy blues belter, Susan Tedeschi is at a disadvantage, and much of Just Won't Burn finds her fumbling around for a singing style and an instrumental vocabulary that suit her talents. -- Living Blues

Customer Reviews

I had to buy her CD, and I listen to it all the time.
Anyone with a serious interest in Blues will appreciate her music.
Robyn L. Reiser
A voice like Bonnie Raitt and a soul like Janice Joplin.

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
You guys must be kidding, and you've clearly never seen Susan live. (By the way you've also left out Blues Revue's review of her work which is more to the point). I have been a blues fan for about 25 years and I have to say she is one of the best blues singers in a long time! Her voice is both powerful and evocative. She reminds me of the best of Bonnie Raitt mixed with the best of Janis Joplin (I've seen both live) I have seen her twice. Once her set overpowered Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang and other more well known blues stalwarts. The other time she just blew the crowd away with the songs on Just Won't Burn and her bands version of Got My Mojo Working. I can't wait to hear her now that she's teaming with Double Trouble. The only thing I might say is that her album doesn't do her justice - although I find that is true about almost every blues artist I have seen from BB King to Eric Clapton. My advice - get the album, see her live and follow her career.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Drew Bowman on September 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I honestly couldn't say it any better than the "reviewer from Northern Virginia". That review is absolutely 100% on the mark. I've seen Susan live twice in the last 2 weeks, opening for Buddy Guy and B.B. King. Yesterday, I went out and bought the album because I was completely BLOWN AWAY by her vocals. The other reviewer is also correct in saying that this album doesn't do Susan justice. She is meant to be seen live. Unlike what the "professional(whatever) reviewers" said, her vocals are not calculated, but are deep, expressive, and improvisational. It may not sound like it on the album, but cutting her up the way they did is ludicrous. Her music is vocally driven, not guitar driven.
Anyway, there are some excellent songs on this album which is definitely worth buying. Even non-blues fans will truly enjoy "You need to be with me" and "Looking for answers". Buy this album, but better yet, go see Susan live and you will have an all together new appreciation.
I guess I'm giving it five stars because even though it doesn't do Susan justice, the album is still better than other albums that I've given 5 stars. If you end up not liking the album, DO NOT JUDGE SUSAN OFF IT......She truly is a great singing talent!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this wonderful singer on the stage at the Springing the Blues festival in Jacksonville, Fla.. I have heard many female blues singers in my day and that day this little girl literally took my breath. She had an enormous stage presence as she belted out some wonderful renditions of blues classics as well as a beautiful original written by guitar player Adrienne Hayes, the song was titled Better Days and it is a very moving blues ballad. I got the chance to see her two more times at that same festival and she never failed to deliver. You had to be there and see the reaction of the crowd to really appreciate this young ladies talents. Up until recently I was the booking contact for Rafters, a small blues club in South Georgia, and I had the pleasure of booking Ms. Tedeschi. She was then playing with Sean Costello and the Jive Bombers. Susan was just getting over a cold and her voice was not up to par, yet she still managed to bring the house down on a few numbers. She was a real trooper. I agree with some of the reviews of her latest album, it is uneven and very raw, I actually like her first album better. It has more pure blues on it as well as the Better Days song. Susan recently appeared on Austin City Limits and she certainly won the approval of the audience there. She performed with the Jive Bombers sans Sean Costello. (Sean is an incredible young guitar player and singer himself). Please don't judge Susan by this one album, believe me the girl can really perform and she seems only to get better with age.I predict bigger and better things for this blues belter. If only she would stick more to the blues.That is where she really shines. Check her out when she comes to your area, you won't be disappointed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 2001
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I saw her live at BB kings blues fest last year and bought the album the next day because her set rivaled both BB king and Buddy Guy's set. Now, as the other reviewers said, the albulm does not quite live up to her live performances (I've since seen her open for Jeff Beck), it is still very strong throughout. There isn't a bad song on the album. Susan covers a variety of styles ranging from the driving blues-rock of "Rock me Right" to the Janis-esq "It hurts so bad" to the slow blues of the title track, and she does them all well. Her guitar playing isn't quite up to the standard of her vocals, it is getting better. It improved greatly from her first album, better days, and its improved again between the first time I saw her in Sep 2000 and the second time that I saw her in March 2001. As for the criticts who bash her, who are you going to listen to some critic, or the many real blues and rock and roll greats who have picked her to open for them? She has opened for BB King, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Jeff Beck, the Allman Brothers, and Bob Dylan, who was absolutely blown away by one of her live shows. Just look at that list of names and tell me which critic knows more than they do?
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