That time I called Susan Tedeschi to talk about Just Won’t Burn and her mom said she was in the tub

By Steve Newton

I did my first interview with Susan Tedeschi in November of 1998, just eight months before she met husband-to-be Derek Trucks while opening for the Allman Brothers and they started the relationship that would result in two beautiful kids and the formation of the equally stunning Tedeschi Trucks Band.

At the time Tedeschi was just 28, and promoting her second album, Just Won’t Burn.

After having some difficulty navigating the West Coast telephone network of the late ’90s, I finally contacted her at a hotel in L.A.–but not before first reaching her mom, who answered the phone and kindly explained that her blues-rockin’ daughter was not available at the moment.

When I called back I asked Susan what first turned her on to playing guitar, and we chatted about the autographs on her Telecaster a bit.

Have a listen:


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