When Truett takes the stage at Darwin’s with Tony Erici on bongos ,Jon Schwenke on bass and backing vocals, and John McKnight on drums, he is pure energy from the start.The music just flows out of him without introduction or commentary, in one long medley of awesomeness
.He does pause once, several songs in, to introduce the band and himself and thank everyone for coming out,and then another time to say, “If you didn’t know, this is my favorite club in the whole world. I’ve been coming here since way before I was old enough to be here. I used to sneak in and just soak up the music.” And he started giving that music back at Darwin’s several years before he was drinking age, while he was still a teen. He played at Darwin’s every week until he got a record contract and went off on tour, so coming back now is coming home.
But he’s not here to reminisce.. He is here to play and sing.and that is what he does. It’s lucky that he is surrounded by such great and flexible musicians because Truett is brilliant and unstoppable, seguing from one song and style to another.Some of the songs I remember are “Crazy,” and a scintillating version of “Hey Joe” plus one of Truett’s originals but for the most part they all blur together in a joyous stream of fiery guitar solos, great bass and percussion and fantastic vocals from Truett and Schwenke.
And it just goes on and on, with the crowd fully engaged.and Truett showing no sign of flagging or taking a break. Finally we have to leave, right in the middle of a song. It was after 11 pm, and when we leave Landon Jordan has just joined Truett for a few songs. Who knows what we missed? Feel free to let me know!
It was great fun having Truett back at Darwin’s. He has matured into a consummate professional with endless enthusiasm and ability, who mixes blues, funk, jazz and rock into an irresistible experience for the audience. Look out for Truett and prepare to be immersed