Tedeschi Trucks Band's Wheels of Soul Tour Returns with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope

Now in its fifth year, the tour comes to Riverbend's PNC Pavilion Friday, July 19

Jul 18, 2019 at 10:58 am
click to enlarge Shovels & Rope - Photo: Todd Cooper
Photo: Todd Cooper
Shovels & Rope

Singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her guitar-slinging husband Derek Trucks have been spending their summers on the road since 2015, with their Tedeschi Trucks Band heading up the cross-country, Roots-music-heavy “Wheels of Soul Tour.”

The tour — which has frequently come to Cincinnati — has showcased a nice range of American Roots music since its inception. Over the years, artists rolling with TTB on the Wheels of Soul have included Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Los Lobos, North Mississippi Allstars, The Wood Brothers, Marcus King Band and Drive-By Truckers.

For this year’s fifth-anniversary tour, the Tedeschi Trucks Band is being joined by hugely acclaimed Americana duo Shovels & Rope. The husband/wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst recently released By Blood, which has received glowing reviews for its broadening sonic palette and smart, poetic social commentary. The duo recently announced their forthcoming concert film, Shovels & Rope: The Movie.

Southern Rock-meets-Country group Blackberry Smoke rounds out this year’s Wheels of Soul lineup. 

Tedeschi Trucks Band’s recent setlists have also included covers of songs by Bob Dylan, The Box Tops, Elton John, Elmore James and The Allman Brothers, the legendary Blues Rock group Trucks began playing guitar with when he was just 20 years old (the guitarist is the nephew of Allmans’ drummer Butch Trucks).

7 p.m. Friday. $52-$149. PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, 6295 Kellogg Ave., California, riverbend.org