Susan Tedeschi Disc Worth The 'Wait'

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Susan Tedeschi's Tone-Cool label debut "Just Won't Burn" earned the budding blues artist a surprise Grammy Award nomination in 2000 for best new artist -- not to mention non-stop comparisons with Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin.

Tedeschi certainly is well aware of the genre success of that 1998 entry as she dives into the promotion of the follow-up, "Wait for Me," released Nov. 19 via Tone-Cool/Artemis. But she also sees an opportunity to broaden her base after the four-year break.

"This is a more mature record in the way that some of the tunes are more diverse," she says. "I want to cross over from blues and get out to all audiences whenever possible. I've never considered myself to be just a blues singer-though maybe my guitar playing is more locked into the blues style. So, I'm trying not to limit myself."

"Wait for Me" was co-produced by the artist with the late Tom Dowd. It features such stellar support musicians as her guitarist husband, Derek Trucks; Southern-rock fave Col. Bruce Hampton; and renowned Chuck Berry keyboard collaborator Johnnie Johnson.

Tedeschi cites such folk-influenced fare as her cover of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" and her own gospel-tinged "The Feeling Music Brings" and "more poppy love song" "Wrapped in the Arms of Another" as examples of the album's expanded approach.

The release of "Wait for Me" was delayed somewhat by the recent birth of Tedeschi's son, Charlie. After a November stint with the post-Grateful Dead act the Other Ones, she took on a small-venue tour of eight markets in December (Minneapolis, Madison, Wis., Seattle, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, Denver, Boston, and New York). She plans to resume touring next month, with dates scheduled to begin Feb. 20 in Tampa, Fla.

Excerpted from the Jan. 11, 2003, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the members section.

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