The music of the Drive-By Truckers is a pounding mix of southern rock and alt/country. From a musical perspective, they are one of the few current bands that have and utilize three guitarists. They also generously share the writing and vocal responsibility between Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, bassist Shonna Tucker, and from about 2002-2007 (former) guitarist Jason Isbell. All four have pretty distinct sonic styles and really make the music interesting.
The Drive-By Truckers were co-founded by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley in the musical Mecca of Athens, Georgia in 1996.
Deeply rooted in their southern heritage and more than a little influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Drive-By Trucker’s embrace and at times enhance the myths of the South. They unabashedly sing about all of the things that are a caricature of the southern lifestyle. They do this with insightful and intelligent lyrics, moving harmonies, the occasional pedal steel and lots of guitars.
Drive-By Truckers Discography
- Pizza Deliverance
- Southern Rock Opera
- Decoration Day
- The Dirty South
- A Blessing and a Curse
- Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
- The Fine Print (A Collection of Oddities and Rarities 2003-2008)
Top 5 Drive-By Truckers Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):
- Nine Bullets (Pizza Deliverance)
- Shut Up and Get on the Plane (Southern Rock Opera)
- Carl Perkin’s Cadillac (The Dirty South)
- The Great Car Dealer War (The Fine Print)
- The Righteous Path (Brighter Than Creation’s Dark)
A great live band, I saw them recently in Dallas at the House of Blues and several years ago in Austin at Austin City Limits Music Festival. Both shows were fantastic.
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