I’m calling it right now—the first great album that I’ve heard in 2016 belongs to the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Let Me Get By, released last month, is chock-full of great songs, played by a great band. And it does my ears good to hear an actual band playing in this day and age of auto-tune and processed beats. Don’t get me wrong, I can get into that music too, and I like a lot of it. But you just don’t see bands like this playing music like this that much. You definitely don’t see many R&B bands out here anymore, at least in what is called the mainstream.
At any rate, I love this song. “Don’t Know What It Means” has that rock-solid backbeat, a bassline to die for, great horn lines, an outstanding vocal by Susan Tedeschi with great guitar work from Derek Trucks. The first time I heard it, the head nodded and the shoulders swayed. If you like bluesy songs with R&B trappings and great guitar leads, this is the band for you.
Just in case you don’t believe me, here’s a video of the band playing the song live about two months before the album’s release:
It’s the Thursday morning groove. If you have a story about a band and a song you love by them, tell it in the comments.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for listening.