TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND ANNOUNCES I AM THE MOON, A STUNNING FOUR ALBUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EXPERIENCE

I AM THE MOON: 4 ALBUMS AND 4 COMPANION FILMS

1ST FILM DEBUTS TUESDAY MAY 31ST

FOLLOWED BY FIRST ALBUM RELEASE, FRIDAY JUNE 3RD

Today, 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. Farewellwill 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.) Pre-order I AM THE MOON: HERE.

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 FilmI. Crescent on Tuesday, May 31st at 6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm ET.  Release dates for each I Am The Moon album and companion film can be found below.

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 Dominoes, 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.          

Watch the I Am The Moon Album Trailer HERE

Pre-order I Am The Moon: HERE

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.

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND – I AM THE MOON: ALBUM + FILM RELEASE DATES:

I Am The Moon: I. Crescent
Film Premiere: May 31st
Album Release: June 3rd

I Am The Moon: II. Ascension
Film Premiere: June 28th
Album Release: July 1st

I Am The Moon: III. The Fall
Film Premiere: July 26th
Album Release: July 29th

I Am The Moon: IV. Farewell
Film Premiere: August 23rd
Album Release: August 26th

I Am The Moon – All Vinyl Configurations: individual LPs + the 4-LP Deluxe Box Available September 9th.

Photo Credit: David McClister

Tedeschi Trucks Band:                                                                                           
Susan Tedeschi: Guitar and Vocals
Derek Trucks: Guitar
Gabe Dixon: Keys and Vocals
Brandon Boone: Bass Guitar
Tyler Greenwell: Drums and Percussion
Isaac Eady: Drums and Percussion
Mike Mattison: Guitar and Vocals
Mark Rivers: Vocals
Alecia Chakour: Vocals
Kebbi Williams: Saxophone
Ephraim Owens: Trumpet
Elizabeth Lea: Trombone

Tedeschi Trucks Band tour:
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                       The Amphitheater at White River State Park
June 29                       Detroit, MI                               Fox Theatre
July 1                           Canandaigua, NY                   Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
July 2                           Gilford, NH                              Banks 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 for the Performing Arts
July 9                           Essex Junction, VT                 Midway Lawn
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 at the Idaho Botanical Garden
September 1              Bonner, MT                             Kettlehouse Amphitheater
September 3              Moorhead, MN                        Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater
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                          Edel-optics.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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