There was anticipation in the air at the Hart Theatre at The Egg for the Tedeschi Trucks Band on Wednesday night; the show that had been sold out for several weeks in advance. The 11-piece band was greeted with a roar and quickly settled into “Don’t Let It Slide” from their recently released debut album, “Revelator.” Susan Tedeschi’s vocals packed plenty of punch, and her slightly time-worn rasp perfectly fit the material. Her vocal intensity was matched by Derek Trucks’ imaginative slide work. The band followed with “Until You Remember,” featuring a nice Hammond run by Kofi Burbridge (who later in the evening surprised us with some scatting) and one of the evening’s many soaring slide leads by Trucks that eventually slid down to a whisper.
Tedeschi was the featured guitarslinger on a juke joint rendition of Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” and she wailed both instrumentally and vocally. It was one of the last times that I heard her guitar clearly out front, although I’m not sure how much of that was a function of the technical problems that plagued at least one of her amps or simply the arrangements of the remaining songs.