It’s been a few years since the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour has been through Charlotte. Back in 2019, the band teamed up with Shovels & Rope. This time around, again at PNC Music Pavilion on Friday night, it was Los Lobos, preceded by a brief opening set from TTB’s own Gabe Dixon.
Los Lobos showcased a bit of their foundation — their Tex-Mex rock from California that’s carried them for nearly 50 years. There’s no “La Bamba” on this tour, as the band instead showcases more of its own music, save for the final tune, a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Bertha” that appeared on the 1991 album Deadicated.
It all set up for a soulful set from Tedeschi Trucks Band. The band is touring in support of its four-album/four-film series, I Am the Moon. The project bolstered the band’s setlist, which featured plenty of Susan Tedeschi’s passionate and soulful vocals, as well as Derek Trucks’ effortless guitar play. The third album in the series is due out this week.
The 12-member band consistently proves that you don’t need a catchy hook to make good music. The musicianship and songwriting craft that was on display is enough to lure the audience in and leave them satisfied without the need for 15 sing-alongs.
Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our events page as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here.
Tedeschi Trucks setlist
Made Up Mind
Hear My Dear
I Am the Moon
I Walk on Guilded Splinters
Just Won’t Burn
Outside Woman Blues
Part of Me
Midnight in Harlem
La Di Da
I Want More
So Long Savior
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