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Acclaimed blues and roots musician Susan Tedeschi has announced plans to release Just Won’t Burn (25th Anniversary Edition) via Fantasy Records on Sept. 22, 2023, in honor of the debut set of solo music, which was initially released in 1998. As a preview, they have delivered a previously unshared cover of Koko Taylor’s “Voodoo Woman.” Listen here

The 16-track expanded edition features the original album material plus five previously unreleased bonus tracks, an alternate take of “Looking For Answers,” two new album outtakes, and a pair of live Just Won’t Burn album tracks recorded with Tedeschi Trucks Band at New York City’s Beacon Theatre in October 2022. 

Just Won’t Burn was recorded by Sean Carberry at Rear Window Studio in Brookline, Mass., and produced with the help of Tom Hambridge. On the topic of the anniversary set, Tedeschi commented via a press release, “Making Just Won’t Burn was a pivot.” Dotting the presence of other artists on the LP, such as guitarists Adrienne Hayes and Sean Costello and harmonica player Annie Raines who assists on Tedeschi’s original songs as well as material popularized by the likes of Ruth Brown, Junior Wells and John Prine.

Her comments continued, “All of a sudden, I was working with different groups of people, new musicians, new songwriting collaborators. We had no idea how it was going to turn out. I think the thing that held it all together was the blues. Blues is a language that I love. You can take it anywhere in the world and communicate with people, which isn’t necessarily true about other forms of music. And being a white artist in a black milieu, you just have to let the music speak.”

Following the ’90s release of her debut solo set, Just Won’t Burn achieved Platinum status and earned Tedeschi a Grammy nomination in 2000 for Best New Artist. “The way people react to Just Won’t Burn has always been heartwarming and surprising,” admitted the artist. “I used to get letters from a prisoner who identified with the songs and found hope in them, and then I started getting letters from the rest of the prisoners on the cell block because it was the only cassette they had.”

Discussing the achievement, Tedeschi added, “Sometimes when I look back on the 25 years since the release, I think about the places I’ve been and the adventures I’ve had, and I feel like Forrest Gump. I say, ‘No! You’re a baseball mom. You didn’t do all that!’ But I must have. The blues has its demands. You have to be honest — musically, emotionally, and personally — above everything else, and that can lead to some uncomfortable truths. But the blues hasn’t burned me. It hasn’t hurt me. It’s my main resource. I can express myself and get stuff out about my life – or, like B.B. always said, ‘whatever ails you.’ The blues got me here.”

Pre-order Just Won’t Burn (25th Anniversary Edition) now. 

Check out the visual equalizer for “VooDoo Woman” below. 

Just Won’t Burn (25th Anniversary Edition) Track List:

​​1. Rock Me Right

2. You Need to Be With Me

3. Little By Little

4. It Hurt So Bad

5. Found Someone New

6. Looking For Answers

7. Can’t Leave You Alone

8. Just Won’t Burn

9. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean

10. Angel From Montgomery

11. Friar’s Point


12. Looking For Answers (Alternate Take)

13. Voodoo Woman (Album Outtake)

14. Waste Of Time (Album Outtake)

15. Looking For Answers (Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live at the Beacon Theatre, 10/06/2022) 

16. Just Won’t Burn (Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live at the Beacon Theatre, 10/07/2022)