Hot Tuna Joins Tedeschi Trucks Band "Wheels of Soul" Tour

Article Contributed by Cash Edwards M… | Published on Monday, January 23, 2017

Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced the third installment of their wildly popular Wheels of Soul Summer Tour. The 12-piece ensemble led by husband and wife Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks will be supported on all dates by longtime friends and collaborators Hot Tuna (Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and drummer Justin Guip) and masters of soulful folk, The Wood Brothers. The tour is scheduled to hit many of the country’s premier outdoor venues on the most ambitious Wheels of Soul tour to date July 1 through 30, 2017. For the latest ticket on-sale information, please visit:

With an incomparable live show that embodies the vision of a large touring family bound by music, the Wheels of Soul summer dates are a favorite among fans and critics alike. The Oakland Press deemed Wheels of Soul “the best musical hang of the season…a celebration of kindred creative spirits,” while Denver Westword calls TTB’s summer package “a wall of talent on stage.”

When asked about joining Wheels of Soul this year Jorma offered excitement and praise, “Tedeschi Trucks is arguably one of the greatest band in the world today. It is an honor for me and my Hot Tuna brothers to be part of this great tour.” Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna crossed paths with Derek and Susan early in their careers and their mutual admiration and kinship grew as Jorma supported TTB on select shows this past year.

For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever. From their days playing together as teenagers in the Washington, DC area, through years of inventive Psychedelic rock in San Francisco (1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees), to their current blues sound, no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna. At the 2016 Grammys, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history. They are a force in American music.

The annual Wheels of Soul summer run has become more than just a fan favorite; it has become a highlight for the headliners as well. “It’s been great to develop this tour into an annual event where we get a chance to hit the road and share the stage with fellow musicians we love and respect. Each year we try to find bands that share our musical vision while bringing their own unique talents to this traveling circus,” says Susan.

Derek adds that this tour offers a unique opportunity for both the musicians and fans, “Every year as the tour rolls along the collaborations between all the musicians grow and grow. It inspires and challenges us in new ways and I think that really translates to the audience when they see how much fun we’re having with our friends.”

Fan pre-sale begins on Tuesday, January 24, and tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, January 27. Current Wheels of Soul 2017 dates listed below (Additional dates and on-sale information to be announced shortly).

Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2017

July 01  Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
July 02  Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo, Essex, VT
July 03  Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY
July 05  Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA (DC)*
July 08  Highland Bowl, Rochester, NY
July 09  Simsbury Meadows Perf Arts Center, Simsbury, CT
July 12 Veterans United Home Loans Amp, Virg. Beach, VA**
July 14  Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC**
July 15  Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA***
July 16  Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amp, Charlotte, NC
July 19  Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, Indianapolis, IN
July 21  PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Ctr, Cincinnati, OH
July 22  Rose Music Center, Huber Heights (Dayton), OH
July 23  Meadow Brook Amp, Rochester (Detroit), MI
July 25  Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, AR
July 27  Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, NM
July 29-30  Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO

*On sale March 18th
**On sale February 10th
***On sale February 3rd