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The Big Show: Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Tedeschi Trucks Band plays Wednesday, April 20, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band plays Wednesday, April 20, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. From the artists

Wednesday, April 20, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

“Anyhow,” a vibrant new selection by the Tedeschi Trucks Band, echoes vintage hits like the Allman Brothers Band’s brooding “Midnight Rider” and Bonnie Raitt’s sprightly “Something to Talk About.” But there’s nothing dusty about this instant classic.

The song on the astonishingly auspicious album “Let Me Get By” is the culmination of the sound the Tedeschi Trucks Band has been pursuing since its formation six years ago. The ensemble is a jam band that values deep grooves and heartfelt soul more than tedious guitar solos.

Prior to their marriage in 2001, Susan Tedeschi was a successful blues artist, and Derek Trucks was the youngest member of the Allman Brothers Band. Yet the group they’ve assembled is greater than the sum of its parts. The 12-piece band has forged a fresh sound that draws on blues, R&B and classic rock without seeming burdened by tradition.

Tedeschi’s emotive vocals are bolstered by two stellar background vocalists. A powerhouse horn section and ringers such as Tim Lefebvre, a jazz-oriented bassist known for his work with stars including David Bowie, also enhance the band’s hearty sound.

While Trucks is hailed as one of the greatest living guitarists, and Tedeschi is a similarly accomplished instrumentalist, their sublime guitar solos will be just a portion of the appeal of Wednesday’s concert at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.

Tickets range from $29.50 to $65 in advance through midlandkc.com.

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