Tedeschi Trucks Band serves London some funky medicine

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By Alistair Smout

LONDON (Reuters) - When Tedeschi Trucks Band took the stage at a packed Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday night, the rapturous applause they drew was not what might be expected for a U.S. group whose new album peaked at 52 in the British charts.

While they are far from a household name in Europe, the band is considered something of a supergroup in blues circles, and interest in their show at London's Bluesfest has been surpassed only by Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant.

Formed by married couple Susan and Derek, they were last here in 2011 when they joined B.B. King on stage, but now they have returned with their 11-piece outfit to headline the venue in their own right.

"It's hard to travel with a band this big, but when you get the offer to play the Albert Hall... you make it happen," Derek Trucks, the band's founding guitarist, told Reuters in an interview before the gig at the 5,300-seat venue.

The couple are established artists in their own right. Trucks is a master of slide guitar, and considered the 16th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Aged 34, he is the youngest living player on the list, and has made the most of his prodigious talent - forming the Grammy award-winning Derek Trucks Band and joining the famed Allman Brothers' Band before his 21st birthday.

Trucks, indeed, is a nephew of Butch Trucks, a founding member and drummer of the Allman Brothers.

"He's the top player, as far as I'm concerned," said concertgoer Adam from Exeter. "He's got the feel, he's got everything."   Continued...

Members of the Tedeschi Trucks Band Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Saunders Sermons, Kebbi Williams and Maurice Brown ( Lto R) celebrate backstage after winning Best Blues Album ("Revelator") at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson