Jim James, frontman of rock group My Morning Jacket, has been (or at least should be) running on fumes lately. Last year he contributed music to “Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes,” a collection of unreleased songs from Bob Dylan. He also co-produced “That’s It!,” the recent album for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Powerful in both sound and numbers, Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB) brought its special blend of hard driving Southern blues-rock to Peabody Opera House on Sunday night. Helmed by the über-talented husband and wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and backed by nine incredible musicians and vocalists, TTB is simply one of the most dynamic touring bands playing today.
Jam veterans Widespread Panic returned to St. Louis on Tuesday night for the first of two shows at Peabody Opera House as part of its fall tour. As a diehard fan of the band for nearly 25 years, I was of course excited to spend some time with them once again in my home city at such an intimate venue.
"I'm just a weird guy trying to make everybody happy," Ryan Adams proclaimed halfway through his set on Sunday night. A crowd had gathered near the front of the Peabody Opera House stage, and those trying to see the show from their seats seemed visibly (and in one case, physically) disgruntled. After some pushes and grumbles from the crowd, Adams stepped in.