TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND ANNOUNCES I AM THE MOON, A STUNNING FOUR ALBUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPERIENCE

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND ANNOUNCES I AM THE MOON, A STUNNING FOUR ALBUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPERIENCE

20th April 2022 0 By John Deaux

Tedeschi Trucks Band – the revered 12-piece collective founded by husband-and-wife duo, guitarist Derek Trucks and singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi – announces the most ambitious studio project of their storied career: I Am The Moon, an epic undertaking in four albums with 24 original songs. Inspired by a mythic Persian tale of star-crossed lovers, and emotionally driven by the isolation and disconnection of the pandemic era, the thematic I Am The Moon totals more than two hours of music, unfolding across a robust tapestry of genre-defying explorations that propel the treasured American ensemble into new and thrilling creative territory.

 

The four albums that comprise I Am The Moon — I. Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, and IV. Farewellwill be released in successive months beginning with I. Crescent, available digitally and on CD, Friday, June 3rd. (All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available on September 9th.) Pre-order I AM THE MOON: HERE.

 

The decision to sequence and release I Am The Moon in four distinct episodes came “when we started thinking of records we love,” Trucks says, citing Axis: Bold as Love, the 1967 LP by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. “It’s 36 minutes long. That’s the way to digest a record.”  With that approach in mind, TTB will present I Am The Moon: The Film, immersive visual companions to each album. The corresponding films will debut three days prior to each audio release, offering fans an early opportunity to digest each album in its entirety as a communal listening and viewing experience via the band’s YouTube channel. Directed by Alix Lambert, the films combine studio and performance footage with atmospheric photography and imagery beautifully capturing the music’s kaleidoscopic textures. The project launches with the first episode: I Am The Moon: The FilmI. Crescent on Tuesday, May 31st at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm ET.  Release dates for each I Am The Moon album and companion film can be found below. 

 

The concept behind I Am The Moon, the GRAMMY-winning band’s fifth studio recording, was suggested by TTB vocalist Mike Mattison in May 2020, two months after the band was forced off the road by the pandemic. The 12th century poem Layla & Majnun by Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi was the title inspiration for Eric Clapton’s 1970 double-LP with Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs – an influential album for TTB. But Ganjavi’s source material resonated with Mattison and the rest of the band in an altogether different way. Finding complex themes and storylines that inspired their creative process, they forged a new, modern interpretation of the vast 100-page poem. I Am The Moon was written collectively and collaboratively, with band members contributing their own unique perspectives on the work. By January 2021 the band was recording at Tedeschi and Trucks’ home studio, Swamp Raga, in Jacksonville, FL, with Derek behind the soundboard as producer and long-time studio engineer Bobby Tis in charge of recording and mixing.

 

Operatic in scope, Tedeschi Trucks Band explores romantic relationships, collective struggle, faith, and the human experience on I Am The Moon. “It’s amazing,” Trucks says, “because we wrote most of this music in a pretty short time span. There are even chord changes that mirror other tunes on the albums – themes and variations, lyrical allusions, that pop back up.” He continues: “You always want to do something bigger and thematic. This is the first time it happened naturally.”

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band have extensive tour dates planned for 2022. See list of dates below.        

 

Watch the I Am The Moon Trailer: HERE

Pre-order I Am The Moon: HERE

 

The limited-edition, I Am The Moon Deluxe Box Set, each individually-numbered, includes all four albums in the I Am The Moon series on 180g black vinyl, plus additional special items will be available September 9th, 2022 – order EXCLUSIVELY through the TTB store and the Fantasy Records store.

 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:

 

I Am The Moon: I. Crescent

Film Premiere: May 31st 

Album Release: June 3rd

 

I Am The Moon: II. Ascension

Film Premiere: June 28th

Album Release: July 1st

 

I Am The Moon: III. The Fall

Film Premiere: July 26th

Album Release: July 29th


I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell

Film Premiere: August 23rd

Album Release: August 26th

 

I Am The Moon – All Vinyl Configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box Available September 9th.   

Tedeschi Trucks Band:                                                                                           

Susan Tedeschi: Guitar and Vocals

Derek Trucks: Guitar

Gabe Dixon: Keys and Vocals

Brandon Boone: Bass Guitar

Tyler Greenwell: Drums and Percussion

Isaac Eady: Drums and Percussion

Mike Mattison: Guitar and Vocals

Mark Rivers: Vocals

Alecia Chakour: Vocals

Kebbi Williams: Saxophone

Ephraim Owens: Trumpet

Elizabeth Lea: Trombone

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band tour:

 

June 24                       Jacksonville, FL                      Daily’s Place Amphitheater

June 25                       Mobile, AL                               Mobile Civic Center

June 26                       Tuscaloosa, AL                       Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

June 28                       Indianapolis, IN                       The Amphitheater at White River State Park

June 29                       Detroit, MI                               Fox Theatre

July 1                           Canandaigua, NY                   Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands    

Performing Arts Center

July 2                           Gilford, NH                              Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 

July 3                           Saratoga Springs, NY            Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 6                           New Haven, CT                     Westville Music Bowl

July 8                           Philadelphia, PA                   The Mann Center

July 9                           Essex Junction, VT                 Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo

July 10                        Patchogue, NY                       Great South Bay Music Festival

July 12                        Lewiston, NY                          ArtPark

July 13                        Cincinnati, OH                        PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

July 15 – 16                 Atlanta, GA                             Fox Theatre

July 19                        Vienna, VA                              Wolf Trap

July 20                        Richmond, VA                         Virginia Credit Union LIVE!

July 21                        Raleigh, NC                            Coastal Credit Union Music Park

July 23                        Charlotte, NC                          PNC Music Pavilion 

July 24                        Huber Heights, OH                 Rose Music Center at The Heights

July 26                        Aurora, IL                                RiverEdge Park

July 27                        St. Louis, MO                          Fabulous Fox Theatre

July 29 – 30                 Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheatre

August 18                   San Diego, CA                        Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater

August 19                   Los Angeles, CA                     The Greek Theatre

August 20                   Berkeley, CA                           The Greek Theatre

August 23                   Sacramento, CA                     Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

August 24                   Eugene, OR                            Cuthbert Amphitheater

August 26                   Auburn, WA                            White River Amphitheater

August 27                   Bend, OR                                Hayden Homes Amphitheater

August 28                   Reno, NV                                Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

August 31                   Boise, ID                                 Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden

September 1              Bonner, MT                             Kettlehouse Amphitheater

September 3              Moorhead, MN                        Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater

October 17                  Copenhagen, DK                    Amager Bio

October 18                  Copenhagen, DK                    Amager Bio

October 20                  Randers, DK                           Vaerket

October 21                  Oslo, NO                                 Sentrum Scene

October 22                  Stockholm, SE                        Cirkus

October 25                  Berlin, DE                               Verti Music Hall

October 26                  Hamburg, DE                          Edel-optics.de Arena

October 27                  Prague, CZ                             Forum Karlin

October 30                  Rotterdam, NL                        RTM Stage

November 2                Dublin, IE                                The Helix

November 4                London, UK                             The London Palladium

November 5                London, UK                             The London Palladium

November 6                London, UK                             The London Palladium

November 9                Manchester, UK                      Manchester Academy

November 10              Glasgow, UK                           O2 Academy Glasgow

November 12              Paris, FR                                 Le Trianon

November 13              Paris, FR                                 Le Trianon

November 15              Paris, FR                                 Bataclan

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