Reno/Sparks, Nev. – A guitarist, singer and songwriter with an expressive-blues sound, Susan Tedeschi has been nominated twice for Grammy awards and has achieved a loyal following with her Lilith Fair appearances and breakthrough album, “Just Won’t Burn.” See Tedeschi, with opener James Hunter, on Thursday, February 19, in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
Tedeschi is part of the new generation of blues musicians looking for ways to keep the form exciting, vital and evolving. Her live shows are by no means straight-ahead urban blues. Instead, she freely mixes classic R&B, blues and her own gospel and blues-flavored original songs into her sets. She's a young, sexy, sassy blues belter with musical sensibilities that belie her years.
Tedeschi began singing when she was four and was active in local choir and theater in Norwell, a southern suburb of Boston. She began singing at 13 with local bands and continued her music studies at Berklee, honing her guitar skills and also joining the Reverence Gospel Ensemble. She started the first incarnation of her blues band upon graduating in 1991. Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin and Boston-area singer Toni Lynn Washington were Tedeschi's most important influences; in starting her band, in fact, she used Washington's backing band and hustled up gigs on nights when Washington and her band were not already booked. Since they began performing around Boston's fertile blues scene, Tedeschi and her band developed into a tightly knit, road-ready group, and have played several major blues festivals.
British singer James Hunter's musical style harkens back to the days of classic 50's and early 60's R&B. What's remarkable is that the same timeless quality can exist in music that is being written, performed and recorded today. Hunter's voice is smooth, brilliantly controlled and unapologetic.
Through his infectious vocal and guitar performances, clever songwriting and tight horn arrangements, Hunter proves to be a man of impeccable taste who has learned from his influences rather than simply imitating them.
Susan Tedeschi, with James Hunter, plays one night, Thursday, February 19, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m.
Tickets are just $45 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or by visiting janugget.com. Dinner and show packages are available. “Do The Nugget Tonight!”