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Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce 'I Am The Moon', A Stunning Four Album Rock'n'Roll Experience

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. Farewell will 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.)

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 Film - I. Crescent on Tuesday, May 31st at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm ET.

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.

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.


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 White River State Park

June 29 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre

July 1 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands

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

September 1 Bonner, MT Kettlehouse Amphitheater

September 3 Moorhead, MN Bluestem Center for the Arts

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 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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