ST. PETERSBURG — The Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform Sunday, June 30, 6:30 p.m., at Al Lang Stadium, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band is heading out on the road on the “Wheels of Soul” tour. The current incarnation of the tour will kick off June 29 in the Grammy-winning group’s hometown of Jacksonville. The tour welcomes special guests Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope. The five-week slate of 24 shows includes another two-night stand at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, following eight straight sell-out performances at the renowned venue, and concludes with two nights at the famed Fox Theatre Aug. 2-3 in Atlanta.
Unrivaled in their blend of American soul, blues, rock and country, the 12-member Tedeschi Trucks Band is led by the husband-and-wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, who have curated and cultivated this family-friendly experience into a highlight of the summer concert season.
Each year, the band selects kindred artists to join their rolling caravan, turning each night into a unique collaborative event rather than simply a three-band bill.
“The motivation and the fun of ‘Wheels of Soul’ is that we get to bring that spirit of musical camaraderie to a summer crowd,” said Trucks in a press release promoting the tour. “Traveling, being outside, playing music with friends new and old — we love the limitless energy of this tour.”
Last year’s “Wheels of Soul” tour featured unparalleled musicianship and plenty of on-stage sit-ins with guests Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band. The tour broke TTB’s own attendance records. The group’s ever-changing set lists highlighted their evolving repertoire of more than 75 songs, including new originals such as “High and Mighty,” and surprising debuts like Ray Charles’ “Night Time Is the Right Time,” Al Green’s “Yield Not to Temptation,” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”
Celebrating its 10th year as a group in 2019, Tedeschi Trucks Band carries a distinguished reputation earned from both audiences and critics as one of the premier live bands in the world. TTB is recognized for their supreme musicianship and genre-defying ability to explore almost any musical territory. Beyond the road, the band recently launched their fourth studio album, which follows their recent Grammy-nominated live album/film release, “Live from the Fox Oakland” (2017), and their last studio release, “Let Me Get By” (2016). “Signs,” the new album, was released in February.
American rock band Blackberry Smoke — made up of Charlie Starr on vocals and guitar; Paul Jackson on guitar and vocals; Richard Turner on bass and vocals; Brit Turner on drums; and Brandon Still on keyboards — has become known for a singular sound indebted to classic rock, blues, country and folk. Since their debut in 2004, the Atlanta-based band has independently released six full-length albums and toured relentlessly, building a strong and loyal community of fans. In 2018, they released a full-length album, “Find A Light,” and an accompaniment acoustic EP, “The Southern Ground Sessions.”
Shovels & Rope is the award-winning husband-and-wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, their signature blend of rock, country, punk and Americana has resonated with audiences and press worldwide, including numerous national TV appearances and critical acclaim. The festival favorite recently released “By Blood,” a follow-up to 2016’s “Little Seeds” and 2017’s “Busted Jukebox, Vol 2.”