In my opinion, one of the more insidious musical acts lately is Susan Tedeschi, who packages her cheesy, over-cliched, chord-progression-recycling, lily-white pap as “the blues.” I cringe every time I hear a Susan Tedeschi song on the radio (which, unfortunately, is a lot.) I just think her voice is grating and there is nothing innovative or interesting about her music at all.
Being the son of a semi-professional blues and jazz pianist, I listened to a lot of these styles growing up, and played them a lot when I was younger, and developed a lot of appreciation for the blues - but even the blues can get old, as the chord structures and lyrical formulae are recycled over and over again. How to make it unique and enjoyable, then? It takes a soulful voice, which Susan Tedeschi, in my opinion, just doesn’t have. It’d be one thing if her songs were more unique, but most of them that I’ve heard sound either like the same old blues numbers with nothing unique added, or rip-offs of Bonnie Raitt songs.
Dammit, I just hate Susan Tedeschi! I can’t see what all the enthusiasm is about!