Rediscovering Susan Tedeschi’s “Just Won’t Burn” on its 25th Anniversary

I’ve also been eagerly hoping to interview Susan about this album, especially as she’s currently touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. However, with the time differences and my location in the UK, it’s proving to be a bit of a challenge. But fingers crossed, it’ll happen soon!

I first discovered “Just Won’t Burn” on CD many years ago. While it wasn’t my initial introduction to Susan’s music, it quickly became my favorite. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this was a Grammy award-winning album that even went platinum. My journey into Susan’s music began when I started exploring the members of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and I found myself traveling back in time to her earlier works.

The vinyl edition I’m reviewing today is a treat for collectors. It comes in a gatefold sleeve, adorned with notes from Susan herself and an inner sleeve filled with photographs and credits. The album provides a nostalgic experience, especially for those familiar with Susan’s early days in the Boston blues scene. She credits her growth as an artist to her time spent playing with female musicians like Andrea and Hayes, who played a significant role in shaping her musical journey.

One of the standout features of this album is Susan’s genuine connection to the blues. In her own words, “Blues is a language that I love. You can take it anywhere in the world and communicate with people.” This sentiment resonates throughout the album, making it a heartfelt experience for listeners.

The tracks on “Just Won’t Burn” are a testament to Susan’s versatility as an artist. From the rock-infused “Rock Me Right” to the soulful ballad “Angel from Montgomery” by John Prine, each song offers a unique auditory experience. The title track, “Just Won’t Burn”, is a personal favorite, with its soulful notes that truly embody the essence of the blues.

For those new to Susan’s music or the Tedeschi Trucks Band, “Just Won’t Burn” is an excellent starting point. The 25th-anniversary vinyl edition, released on Fantasy Records, is a collector’s delight, especially with its vibrant green vinyl color. There’s also a CD version available, which includes some demo tracks for those looking for a more comprehensive experience.

In conclusion, “Just Won’t Burn” is more than just an album; it’s a journey into the heart and soul of blues music. Susan Tedeschi’s voice, combined with her masterful guitar skills, makes this a must-have for any music lover. So, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in some authentic blues, this album is the perfect companion.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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