Archive for the 'Drive-By Truckers' Category

Friday, October 28th, 2016

(In October of 2008 we flipped the script on our Sevens column with Politiko, focusing solely on political songs until the general election. It’s now 2016…and we’re back.) “It all started at the border / and that’s still where it is today / someone killed Ramon Casiano / and the killer got away.” The opening […]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

This Friday, September 30th will see the release of the eleventh studio album by the Drive-by Truckers. American Band is a tight, dark album comprised of the type of songwriting that Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have excelled at for years – specific stories that explore and reverberate through universal ideas. While the band has […]

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

There are certain musical landmarks often brought up in conjunction with Athens, Georgia’s Drive-By Truckers: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, R.E.M. But on the road to the Truckers’ excellent new album, English Oceans, songwriter Patterson Hood found himself contemplating a comparison no artist wants to make. “We’d been […]

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Back in print, courtesy of ATO Records: Alabama Ass Whuppin’ – Drive-By Truckers third LP, a live album recorded between March 1999 through August of 2000. This is the sound of DBT as I knew them, live, gigging around the southeast prior to the release of Southern Rock Opera. A furious, driving, twelve track snapshot […]

Monday, April 11th, 2011

(Diversions, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing.) One cannot overstate the power of regionalism. Growing up in Georgia, in a rather musical household, I assumed the music of Eddie Hinton was as well known as, say, that of Sam […]

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Nine studio albums and a decade and a half into their career, the Drive-By Truckers have created their own mythology; a mythology that is at once self-contained yet continually feeding off the external world. Some might call it folklore. Explicit at times, but more often than not, subtle, the ever-expanding web the Truckers weave via […]

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

As the Drive-By Truckers release their eighth album, it’s interesting to see them, lyrically and somewhat musically, creating an album that echoes their earliest records. The Big To-Do is the most distinctly southern album they’ve recorded since Southern Rock Opera. What that means is that where Patterson Hood especially has chased more universal stories and […]