ATLANTA The Tedeschi Trucks Band, the revered 12-piece collective founded by husband and wife duo guitarist Derek Trucks and singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, recently announced the most ambitious studio project of their career: I Am The Moon. , a four-album corporate epic with 24 original songs.
Inspired by a mythical Persian tale of star-crossed lovers and emotionally driven by pandemic-era isolation and disconnection, the I Am The Moon theme totals over two hours of music, set to a solid tapestry of genre-defying explorations that propel the treasured American ensemble into new and exciting creative territory.
The four albums that make up I Am The Moon I. Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, and IV. Farewell will be released in successive months starting with I. Crescent, available digitally and on CD on June 3. (All vinyl configurations, including individual LPs and the 4-LP I Am The Moon Deluxe Box will be available September 9.)
Tedeschi Trucks returns to the Fox Theater for two nights, July 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. with the “Wheels of Soul Tour.” Support bands Los Lobos and Gabe Dixon will perform on both nights. Tickets, starting at $29 (plus applicable fees) for the Atlanta shows, are on sale now at foxtheatre.org or by calling (855) 285-8499.
The decision to sequence and release I Am The Moon as four separate episodes came when we started thinking about the records we love, says Trucks, citing Axis: Bold as Love, the 1967 LP from Jimi Hendrix Experience. It lasts 36 minutes. That’s the way to digest a record.
With this in mind, TTB will introduce I Am The Moon: The Film, immersive visual companions for each album. The corresponding films will debut three days before each audio release, giving fans their first opportunity to digest each album in its entirety as a joint listening and viewing experience via the band’s YouTube channel. Directed by Alix Lambert, the films combine studio and performance imagery with atmospheric photography and footage beautifully capturing the kaleidoscopic textures of music. The project kicks off with the first episode: I Am The Moon: The Film I. Crescent on May 31 at 9 p.m. PT.
The concept behind I Am The Moon, the GRAMMY-winning band’s fifth studio recording, was suggested by TTB singer Mike Mattison in May 2020, two months after the band were forced off the road by the pandemic. The 12th century poem Layla & Majnun by Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi inspired the title of Eric Claptons 1970 double LP with Derek and the Dominos, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, an influential album for TTB.
But Ganjavis’ source material resonated with Mattison and the rest of the band in an entirely different way. By finding complex themes and plots that inspired their creative process, they forged a new, modern take on the expansive 100-page poem. I Am The Moon was written collectively and collaboratively, with band members bringing their own unique perspectives to the work. In January 2021, the band was recording at Tedeschi and Trucks’ home studio, Swamp Raga, in Jacksonville, Florida, with Derek behind the soundboard as producer and longtime studio engineer Bobby Tis in charge of the recording and mixing.
Operatically in scope, Tedeschi Trucks Band explores romantic relationships, collective struggle, faith and human experience on I Am The Moon.
It’s amazing, says Trucks, because we wrote most of this music in a fairly short period of time. There are even chord changes that reflect other tunes on the album’s themes and variations, lyrical allusions, that return.
You always want to do something bigger and thematic. This is the first time this has happened naturally.
Tedeschi Trucks Band has numerous tour dates planned for 2022, including their annual Wheels of Soul summer tour of the United States. See the list of dates below.
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:
I Am The Moon: I. Crescent: Film premiere: May 31, Album release: June 3
I am the moon: II. Ascension: film premiere: June 28, album release: July 1
I am the moon: III. The Fall: film premiere: July 26, album release: July 29
I am the moon: IV. Farewell: film premiere: August 23, album release: August 26
I Am The Moon All Vinyl Configurations: Individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box available September 9th.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band consists of Susan Tedeschi (Vocal/Guitar), Derek Trucks (Guitar), Gabe Dixon (Keyboards/Vocal), Brandon Boone (Bass Guitar), Tyler Greenwell (Drums/Percussion), Isaac Eady (Drums/Percussion ), Mike Mattison (Vocal/Guitar), Mark Rivers (Vocal), Alecia Chakour (Vocal), Kebbi Williams (Saxophone), Ephraim Owens (Trumpet) and Elizabeth Lea (Trombone).
The Tedeschi Trucks Band has strong ties to Atlanta, as many of the band and crew reside in the state, including drummer Tyler Greenwell, saxophonist Kebbi Williams, vocalist/guitarist Mike Mattison, bassist Brandon Boone and vocalist Mark Rivers. Additionally, the band’s recent press photos and video shoot was filmed at the internationally acclaimed Pasaquan arts venue in Buena Vista.