Vintage Guitar - July 2016 - Open - 119
Let Me Get By
and Derek Trucks.
You might get the
idea that the band
led by husbanda nd-w i fe te a m
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are
feeling a bit laidback on their latest effort.
But listen again, and you'll get a different
impression completely. Songs ranging
from folk to blues to good-old rock and
roll and soul unreel when heard for a
second and third time.
In the middle of all the proceedings is
the searing guitar of Trucks and the sultry
vocals of Tedeschi. Mike Mattison also
gets the chance to show off his impressive
vocal chops on two cuts. While Tedeschi is
a brilliant singer, Mattison is sorely missed
after being the main singer in the Derek
Trucks Band before the formation of TTB.
As always, the rhythm section is superb.
Trucks shines on pretty much every cut,
but check out his lesson on building a solo
on "Anyhow." His soulful slide highlights
the gospel groove of "In Every Heart." And
his slide darts in and out of the vocals
beautifully on the pop/soul of "Don't
Know What It Means." - JH
The Grand Tour: The Life and Music of George
VG readers won't be surprised to learn that
contributor Rich Kienzle's comprehensive bio
of George Jones is a great read and a dispassionate chronicle of his drive-in movie of a life.
While the 2015 memoir The Life of George Jones by Jones'
erstwhile guitarist Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery romanticizes
George, including his early years in Texas' Thicket region,
Kienzle's narrative is more realistic, detailed, and no doubt
more reliable. To Montgomery, Jones recalls a loving home
life marred mostly by "turmoil" between his parents, and
leaves it at that. Kienzle delves deep, writing of spare meals
and a father, industrious when sober but violent when drunk,
turning on his wife and kids without any provocation, real
Kienzle also shines light on Jones' own guitar picking. In
fact, he began as a guitarist, playing serviceable lead in his
first group with a husband and wife who added the then
Glenn Jones to form a trio.
Along with all the tabloid tales - no-shows at concerts,
dramas with Tammy Wynette, and the famed drunken
journey on a riding lawn mower to get more booze - Kienzle
chronicles Possum's musical output, recording sessions, and
numerous stellar sidemen. - Rick Allen