The first track to be released from Signs, “Hard Case” features an uplifting, brass-accented soul groove, propelled by Tedeschi’s soaring vocals and Trucks’ stellar slide work. Much of the record, though, is tinged with loss. While writing and recording, Trucks — a former Allman Brothers member — was dealing with the tragic death of his uncle and bandmate Butch Trucks, as well as the loss of the group’s iconic co-founder, Gregg Allman.
“This is the first record we’ve made where, when I listen to it, it puts me in a specific place,” Trucks said in a statement. “It puts me in a zone and hits some raw nerves.”
With an electrifying sound that mixes R&B, gospel and many shades of the blues, Tedeschi Trucks are carrying forward the Allmans’ legacy of Southern rock expansionism. The band will start a massive tour in support of the new album on January 17th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, making multi-night stops in Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., this winter. The run also includes a special album-release show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York on February 20th.