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By PHILIP BOOTH, Times Staff Writer
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published February 20, 2003

Grammy nominee brings blues-rock to bay

Susan Tedeschi's Wait for Me arrived four years after her impressive 1998 debut CD, Just Won't Burn, which went gold and earned the blues-rock singer and guitarist a Grammy nomination for best new artist. It was worth the wait: The Boston-bred Tedeschi has returned with a scorcher of an album, belting hard and burning up the fret board on a set produced by Tom Dowd (Allman Brothers, Aretha Franklin) and featuring a fresh spin on Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.

Tedeschi's raspy-edged vocals hint at Bonnie Raitt on the disc, a collection of Memphis-style soul and R&B and laid-back ballads. The CD includes contributions by pianist Johnnie Johnson and Allman Brothers guitarist Derek Trucks, Tedeschi's husband and father of their 11-month-old son. The family, based in Jacksonville, may have some celebrating to do Sunday: Tedeschi is up for a Grammy for best female rock vocal performance.

Susan Tedeschi performs at 8 tonight at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Ferguson Hall, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $25 and $35. (813) 229-7287. -- PHILIP BOOTH, Times staff writer

Old but not out

Even after more than 30 years, the Marshall Tucker Band tours constantly, playing 150 to 200 shows a year. The group is a perennial favorite in these parts, playing events such as the Charlie Daniels Angelus Concert and the Florida State Fair.

The current lineup includes just one original member, lead singer Doug Gray. The rest of the crew: bass guitarist Tony Heatherly, guitarist Chris Hicks, slide guitarist Stuart Swanlund and drummer B.B. Borden, plus a return by keyboardist/flutist/sax player David Muse, a founding member of Firefall.

You can be sure the boys from Spartanburg, S.C., will sing those '70s classics Heard It in a Love Song, Can't You See and Fire on the Mountain. (The band's greatest hits album was released in 1978.)

"As we've become older, our Southern heritage seems to come out even more," Gray said in a release. "But no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off."

The Marshall Tucker Band performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at Twilight, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18. (813) 247-4225.

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