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On the bus with the Drive-By Truckers


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The Drive-By Truckers just may be the best American band you've never heard.

Do yourself a favor: Take the time to listen.

The group, formed in 1996, is known for its swampy, Southern-fried roots rock, with tinges of alt and pure country thrown in to boot. DBT's breakthrough came in 2001 with "Southern Rock Opera," a double-disk concept album inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but really more about growing up in what band leader Patterson Hood calls "the duality of the South."

Their most recent album, "Brighter Than Creation's Dark," a sprawling, steel-guitar-driven 19-song disk, has garnered even more critical acclaim. Currently on tour, the band will play tonight at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg and Saturday in Jacksonville -- the home of their heroes, Skynyrd -- at Freebird Live, no less.

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Drive-By Truckers Reinvigorate Themselves On Stage


Drive-By Truckers

Location Charleston, S.C. (Music Farm)

Event Date May 15, 2008

Jeff Vrabel

A lot of ground is covered at Drive-By Truckers shows these days. In addition to the band's typically roaring takes on lives, politics, the broken social contract, Southern and Northern identity, violence both domestic and in foreign sands, whiskey-fueled sadness and fast-fading hope, they've now expanded to take on soldiers returned from overseas, revenge and the various horrors involved with family (so much so that in this Charleston stop, they tossed an abrasive cover of Springsteen's already-abrasive "Adam Raised A Cain" into a little mid-show mini-set about Father Issues).

That they continue to pull it off in such hammering, consistent fashion is not only a credit to their staying power (and ability to weather waves like the departure of Jason Isbell last year), but, as they showed on a sweaty and Jack Daniels-fueled 25-song set in Charleston, proof that it still might make sense to buy completely into the notion that rock n' roll is the literal answer to many, many things.

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This is pretty good:



Buy All 5 Drive By Truckers 180g LPs and Save 15%!

Drive-By Truckers are a rock band based in Athens, Georgia, though three out of five members (Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood, and Shonna Tucker) originally hail from The Shoals region of Northern Alabama. Their music is characteristically unique due to its “three axe attack,” or three guitars as well as bass and drums. Their lyrics often revolve around drifters and criminals trying to survive in economically-depressed small towns. They currently record for New West Records.



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Yes, it is. Brighter Than Creations Dark is scheduled to be released on vinyl on June 24th. Sometime in the future, Alabama Ass Whuppin' is also supposed to see a vinyl release. Once that happens all of the Truckers CDs will also be available on vinyl.

I haven't purchased any of them but the first pressing of Southern Rock Opera yet. The vinyl format really helps to bring a whole new experience to enjoying Wes Freed's artwork, not to mention the listening experience itself.

"In other news, New West Records is finally releasing BRIGHTER THAN CREATION'S DARK on 180gm vinyl (2 Record Set) on June 24th. I already bought mine (not kidding) and it truly does sound (and look) better than any other format."

- Patterson Hood

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PIR Teams with Rock and Roll Artist Wes Freed to Promote NASCAR's Semi-Final Showdown


Album artist creates piece for Checker Auto Parts 500

Three divergent and wildly popular American pastimes have come together under the umbrella of Phoenix International Raceway to help promote the November 9 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at PIR - NASCAR, art and rock and roll.

Richmond-based artist/musician Wes Freed – best known for his album cover art for alt-country rockers The Drive-By Truckers (including 2008's Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, which peaked in the Billboard Top 40) – was commissioned by PIR President Bryan R. Sperber and has produced a limited edition promotional poster for Phoenix’s upcoming race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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