Born and raised in Massachusetts, Susan Tedeschi first performed in public as an understudy for a Broadway musical, was in several groups throughout her adolescence, and eventually formed the Susan Tedeschi Band in 1993. In 2010 she joined forces with husband Derek Truck to form the Grammy award winning Tedeschi Trucks Band and together they’ve made some magic, but Susan’s work before is also one to be in awe of.
Here we have Tedeschi performing Janis Joplin’s “Kozmic Blues” at the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio in 2009 for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 14th Annual Music Masters tribute concert honoring Joplin. The original was written by Joplin, released in 1969 on her first solo album after leaving her former band, and was part of her Woodstock Festival set. In other words, it’s a powerful song, and a tough act to follow.
When covering the greats, it’s always a challenge to make sure you’re doing the original justice, but also being true to yourself. Unless of course, your name is Susan Tedeschi, and you are also great, then you’re able to pull of such an unquestionably powerful rendition. From her guitar playing to her singing, Tedeschi pours every ounce of passion into every second of this performance, and it is palpable; if this doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will.