Tedeschi Trucks Band – I Am the Moon: Ascension II CD.
Release date: July 1st 2022
“I Am The Moon: II. Ascension” is the 2nd Episode out from Tedeschi Trucks Band 4 part album series. I AM THE MOON started as a songwriting exercise using themes from the 12-century poem Layla and Majnan as a way to stay connected when they were unable to tour and turned into the most ambitious album of their career. I AM THE MOON is a four album series of standalone releases that will be launched consecutively over four months. Tedeschi Trucks Band invite you to experience I AM THE MOON, an expansive, inspired, and ambitious musical journey that propels the treasured American ensemble into new and thrilling creative territory.
During the pandemic and its corresponding isolation, Tedeschi Trucks Band, one of the music’s most admired and successful live music draws, was searching for something to hold on to; a way to connect to each other and their craft. They had come off a triumphant performance of Derek and the Dominoes’ classic Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs with Trey Anastasio at the LOCKN’ Festival, which subsequently led to the release of the band’s acclaimed live album, last summer’s Layla: Revisited. Looking for an idea, TTB vocalist Mike Mattison turned to Layla’s rich source material for inspiration: Layla and Majnun, the legendary ninety-page narrative poem of star-crossed lovers by 12th Century Sufi poet Nizami. As a writing exercise, Mattison challenged the group to delve into the poem’s deeper themes. As he pointed out, Clapton’s “Layla” only used one element of the poem – Majnun’s love-madness – whereas the poem itself contains multitudes: family drama, classism, isolation, judgment, and the severe cost of single-minded mania, even in the cause of love. (Indeed, Layla and Majnun is believed to be the inspiration behind Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and many other eastern and western literary classics) Press and radio coverage come from BBC Radio 2, Classic Rock, Music Radar, NARC, Record Collector and more. The LPs on all of these will be released in Sept 22 and sold in seperately