Profile | Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans

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 out:

Written By: Jeffrey Greenblatt

[Published on: 2/11/14]

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