Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Simple Things: Pedro Martinez Shows At Guantanamera

Since the mid-’90s, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks have both had successful music careers, she as an acclaimed singer/songwriter and he as an electrifying guitar player with his group and the Allman Brothers Band, among others. The two met on tour in 1999, married a couple of years later and had two children, but their hectic solo schedules often kept them apart. To rectify the situation, they formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band, an 11-member ensemble that recently released debut album Revelator (Sony Masterworks), which was recorded at the duo’s home studio. Knowing how much they like to do things together, we asked Tedeschi and Trucks to guest edit magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Derek: I met Pedro about 10 years ago and discussed bringing him on the road as percussionist and singer in my band at the time. He had a baby on the way and couldn’t tour but I’ve always kept my eye out for him. Then I heard he was playing gigs at this little Cuban restaurant in New York City, and I finally caught a show. We’ve been back to Guantanamera a bunch of times since, and between the music and the Cuban food it’s hard to beat. Last time we were in New York City, we took the whole band along. Our drummers were floored as Pedro and his band played intense traditional Cuban rhythms with a progressive edge. It’s one of those rare events where you get to see world-class musicians in a tiny restaurant, and they’re just playing because they love it. It’s a beautiful thing to witness and definitely worth a visit at least once in your life.

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