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Drive-By Truckers

Today, let us rejoice in the three axe attack of Drive-By Truckers. 

Drive-By Truckers Discography and best song per album:

  • Gangstabilly (1998)
    • Late for Church
  • Pizza Deliverance (1999)
    • Nine Bullets
  • Alabama Ass Whuppin  (Live 2000)
    • The Living Bubba
  • Southern Rock Opera (2002)
    • Shut Up and Get On the Plane
  • Decoration Day (2003)
    • Decoration Day
  • The Dirty South (2004)
    • Carl Perkin’s Cadillac
  • A Blessing and a Curse (2006)
    • Gravity’s Gone
  • Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (2008)
    • Self Destructive Zones
  • Live from Austin, TX (2009)
    • A Ghost To Most
  • The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities (2009)
    • The Great Car Dealer War
  • The Big To-Do (2010)
    • The Wig He Made Her Wear

Top 3 Drive-By Trucker Albums:

  1. Brighter Than Creations Dark
  2. A Blessing and a Curse
  3. Decoration day

Top 10 Drive-By Trucker Songs:

  1. Gravity’s Gone
  2. Self Destructive Zones
  3. Decoration Day
  4. Outfit
  5. A Ghost To Most
  6. Nine Bullets
  7. Cottonseed
  8. The Righteous Path
  9. Monument Valley
  10. Carl Perkin’s Cadillac

As a little bonus, I will add another category that involves lyrically genius.

Drive-By Truckers Genius Lyrics:

  • The hippies rode a wave putting smiles on faces, that the devil wouldn’t even put a shoe
    Caught between a generation dying from its habits, and another thinking rock and roll was new
    Till the pawn shops were packed like a backstage party, hanging full of pointy ugly cheap guitars
    And the young’uns all turned to karaoke, hanging all their wishes upon disregarded stars

 

  • Reverend Bob is pointin’ his finger Mom and Dad follow every last word
    All this hollerin’ makes me wonder does a whispered prayer get heard?
    Reverend Bob is preachin’ out thunder fire and brimstone pouring down
    Me, I’m wondering what’s for dinner waitin’ for 12 o’clock to come round
    Everybody’s got their own Heaven They all find it their own way
    I am an angel

 

  • Those little demons ain’t the reasons for the bruises on your soul you’ve been neglecting
    You’ll never lose your mind as long as your heart always reminds you where you left it
    And don’t ever let them make you feel like saying what you want is unbecoming
    If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time I doubt your eyes would be above
    it

 

  • It’s all about where you put the horizon said the Great John Ford to the young man rising
    You got to frame it just right and have some luck of course and it helps to have a tall man sitting on the horse
    Tell them just enough to still leave them some mystery a grasp of the ironic nature of history
    A man turns his back on the comforts of home the Monument Valley to ride off alone

 

  • Stop that dope smokin! stop that masturbation!
    Take the Lord into your heart and stop that fornication.
    We’re building us an army, gonna knock out Satan.
    Visa or Mastercard, our operator’s waiting.
    Too much sex, too little Jesus.”

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Music you should have listened to last month but can now watch!

Greetings music fans,

Today I will highlight the artists from last month and give my selection for their best album and song. 

This may seem like a copout blog, and it kind of is.  But, with good reason, we became foster parents to three endearing and for the moment, little puppies on Saturday, and they necessitate and deserve more attention than you!  Just kidding, you too deserve some attention, but this is as good as it gets today.  However, I did pull video for each song selected.  That should count for something!

Last month’s featured artists, in no particular order:

Artist Best Album Best Song
The Avett Brothers I and Love and You Ten Thousand Wordswww.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt6k8htvc9k
Bruce Robison Wrapped My Brother & Mewww.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3q8ShBkqBI
Counting Crows August and Everything After Anna Beginswww.youtube.com/watch?v=1tY9SNFAK2I
Doyle Bramhall II Jelly Cream So You Want It to Rainwww.youtube.com/watch?v=N52cpz6NJ_4
Drive By Truckers Brighter Than Creations Dark Gravity’s Gonewww.youtube.com/watch?v=BHnbiiPoMSU
G. Love & Special Sauce Philadelphonic Rainbowwww.youtube.com/watch?v=5glVe3BmjmM
James McMurtry Childish Things We Can’t Make It Herewww.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbWRfBZY-ng
Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard One Fast Move or I’m Gone Big Surwww.youtube.com/watch?v=NNIWA5esH4o
The Jayhawks Smile Bluewww.youtube.com/watch?v=GUVVGQjWFg4
Josh Ritter The Animal Years Wingswww.youtube.com/watch?v=X3OiUUEzwwI
Mason Jennings Boneclouds Fighter Girlwww.youtube.com/watch?v=ABfK9zajLdo
My Morning Jacket Z One Big Holidaywww.youtube.com/watch?v=_0Q9iAcPjzc
One Day as a Lion One Day as a Lion Wild Internationalwww.youtube.com/watch?v=6mKtt7F0rPU
Reckless Kelly Under the Table and Above the Sun Let’s Just Fallwww.youtube.com/watch?v=mW5uP8aYZsk
Robert Earl Keen Walking Distance Shades of Graywww.youtube.com/watch?v=eEgY93WECEc
Ryan Adams Gold Wonderwall (Cover)www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6xX6ZE16PI
Silversun Pickups Swoon There’s No Secrets This Yearwww.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbz-SqEd7JQ
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures Scumbag Blueswww.youtube.com/watch?v=2M53SxSLHYk
The White Stripes Icky Thump Seven Nation Armywww.youtube.com/watch?v=xi8KdTk0u0g
Wilco Being There Sunken Treasureswww.youtube.com/watch?v=j_GQWm35Ndo

 

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You should be listening to the Drive-By Truckers “Live from Austin, TX”!

The Drive-By Truckers are a band best experienced live.  The raw energy of the show further enhances the poignancy of the songwriting and showcases their musicianship.  This is why their latest release Live from Austin, TX is the best of both worlds. 

Live from Austin, TX captures the Trucker’s live show at the legendary Austin City Limits television show.  Recorded on Sept. 26th 2008, it is a combo package of CD and DVD.  The set list includes thirteen classic Trucker songs and showcases the vocal stylings of Cooley, Hood, and bassist Shonna Tucker. 

Cooley sounds just as warm and laid back on “Ghost to Most” and “Space City” as Hood sounds raspy, angry, and whisky soaked on “Righteous Path” and “The Living Bubba”.  Bassist Shonna Tucker makes her songwriting debut with “I’m Sorry Houston”.  Brighter Than Creations Dark, arguably one of the best Trucker albums, gets a lot of attention on this live set with four songs while the remaining Trucker catalog gets one or two songs.  I’m sorry to say “Gravity’s Gone”,Nine Bullets”, and “Carl Perkin’s Cadillac” did not make the set list.  Clocking in at 82 minutes of live music, it is hard to cover all the great songs from their extensive catalog.

“18 Wheels of Love” from Gangstabilly is a rocking, eleven minute labor of love with about six minutes of tribute to Patterson’s mother and Chester the truck driver’s unlikely courtship and eventual marriage. 

The Drive-By Truckers have built an impressive body of work and have held to the vision of founders Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood.  While they have had some band members leave over the years, most notably Jason Isbell, the Truckers have remained resilient and the music has not suffered.   This is clearly evidenced on this album.

Check out the Drive-By Truckers at www.drivebytruckers.com.

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25 albums you should own!

Over time, there have many great musical artists and from each artist comes an assortment of songs that become an album. In theory the sum of an album should be equal or greater than its parts (songs).  If only this were true.  Today, with streaming audio, and the ability to buy/download single songs, the allure and importance of the album has waned.  Artists might release several EP’s before they release a full length album. 

Growing up, I had to roll the dice and hope that each album I saved for would be as good as the song I heard on the radio.  Sadly, that was not always the case.  Domo arigato Mr. Roboto!

However, some artists do indeed get it right and below is a list of 25 albums you might not know but you should own.  This collection does not include live albums or greatest hits. 

Also, I do not include any type of review for the below artists/albums.  This is in an effort to allow you to form you own opinion, keep the blog reading to an acceptable time, and selfishly save me time writing the blog itself. 

Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequences
Animal Liberation Orchestra Fly Between Falls
Arcade Fire Funeral
Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World
The Black Keys Attack and Release
Citizen Cope   The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
Chris Whitley Living with the Law
The Dead Weather Horehound
Drive-By Truckers Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Jason Isbell Sirens of the Ditch
Jeffrey Foucault Stripping Cane
John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
Joseph Arthur Come To Where I’m From
My Morning Jacket The Tennessee Fire
A Perfect Circle Mer De Noms
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
Slaid Cleaves Broke Down
Tom Petty She’s the One
The Tragically Hip Fully Completely
Joe Purdy Only Four Seasons
Son Volt Trace
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days

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You should be listening to the Drive-By Truckers

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

  • Gangstabilly
  • 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):

  1.  Nine Bullets (Pizza Deliverance)
  2. Shut Up and Get on the Plane (Southern Rock Opera)
  3. Carl Perkin’s Cadillac (The Dirty South)
  4. The Great Car Dealer War (The Fine Print)
  5. 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. 

Give the Drive-By Truckers a spin and let me know what you think.

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