If we were judging the Drive-By Truckers solely based on their musical output of the last
fifteen years it would be hard to argue that there has been a more consistent band in
terms of the quality of their studio albums than them. Led by founding members Patterson
Hood and Mike Cooley, the Athens-based band has built a reputation on redefining the
traditions of Southern Rock with their earnest, socio-political charged songs about
growing up and living in the South that celebrated both the good and the bad.
Over the course of eleven records the DBT have managed to make critically-praised efforts,
while being a force to be reckoned with live, laying down their brand of country infused,
crunchy guitar-rock that nods to the obvious – Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Eagles, etc., but also
to the likes of R.E.M. and The Replacements. Personnel-wise the band could rival Spinal
Tap in terms of members joining and leaving the band – which at last count totaled nine –
including Jason Isbell and Shonna Tucker, who both were coming into their own as
songwriters when they decided to pursue solo careers.
On March 4 the Drive-By Truckers will release their 12th studio album, English
Oceans, via ATO Records. Recorded over the course of 13 sessions at Chase Park
Transduction Studios in Athens, GA, with yet another new lineup that now features bassist
Matt Patton (The Dexateens), the album is being described as featuring everything from
“chainsaw rock 'n' roll to this very delicate, pretty-sounding stuff.” Essentially
everything we’ve come to expect and love about this band.
The band recently uploaded this acoustic performance of the album’s title track, which was
recorded live last November at the historic Lyric Theater in Birmingham. Let’s check it
Written By: Jeffrey Greenblatt