Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Album Review Susan Tedeschi's Hope & Desire

Blues Album of 2005Thursday, October 27, 2005

Artist: Susan Tedeschi
Album: Hope & Desire
Rating: Exceptional

It's not like me to gush over a new album; however, the latest effort by Bostonian Susan Tedeschi deserves that rare praise. Her latest album, Hope & Desire, is "all that and more." According to her official website, "Hope and Desire, Tedeschi's fourth album (actually it's her fifth) and her first for Verve Forecast...She puts a soulful, unmistakably personal spin on a heartfelt set of songs drawn from such diverse sources as Ray Charles ("Tired of My Tears"), the Rolling Stones ("You Got the Silver"), Bob Dylan ("Lord Protect My Child"), Aretha Franklin ("Share Your Love with Me"), Donny Hathaway ("Magnificent Sanctuary Band") and Fontella Bass ("Soul of A Man")" as well as "Security" by Otis Redding.

After her initial release on the Oarfin label, the self distribute, Better Days, Tedeschi was featured on the cover of Blues Revue magazine as an unsigned artist. A bold move for an unknown artist; however, album after album Tedeschi has delivered a vibrant interpretation of modern electric blues. While the physican comparisons to Bonnie Raitt are inevitable (redheaded female blues guitar player), Tedeschi's songwriting is inadequately noted in a genre where songs are so often the missing link of artistry. Recently the New West record label released a DVD/CD companion piece of Tedeschi as a part of their 'Live in Austin' series. While possibly not as electrifying a performer as most blues-rock fans might want, her cover of Stevie Wonder's, "Loves in Need of Love Today" is a show stopper.

Tedeschi's newest has all the makings of being this year's most significant blues release. Susan Tedeschi is setting a foundation to be one of this generations finest modern electric blues performer with the missing link being her ability to cross over from the blues niche to the much wider rock spectrum. Her music contain melody lines that are more complicated than the standard I, IV, V chord progression of most blues and consequently her songs are more likely to stay with you upon repeated listening. The third song on the album, Bob Dylan's, "Lord Protect My Child" is haunting and beautiful. To date four offers have been made for her to play the Omaha market; which she has yet to do. I understand being a new mom with a husband that also travels (Derek Trucks - solo / Allman Brothers). Anymore Omaha's track record as a great live music town is well established and it's time that Tedeschi's management woke up.

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