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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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The Drive-By Truckers The Big To-Do!

The Big To-Do is the highly anticipated, recently released album by Drive-By Truckers.  The album is solid and Trucker fans will not be disappointed.  However, there were a few surprise on this album that seem a bit of a departure from their previous work.

The absence of Mike Cooley was the first thing I noticed when I listened to the album.  Mike Cooley covers lead vocals on three songs and is sorely missed on the album.  This is not a shot at the album but merely noted in deference to the greatness of Cooley’s calm, self assured vocals and considerable songwriting skills.  His voice is as recognizable as Hood’s but is diametrically opposed in cadence, timbre, and texture.  He contributes three songs and on Birthday Boy, he is a layer or two behind the music.  Not the norm for his work and a little disappointing for all of the Cooley fans out there.

This is the first release since the departure of guitarist Jason Isbell.  While the Trucker’s still have their three axe attack, John Neff does not contribute at the level of Jason Isbell.  In addition to being one of three guitarists, Isbell was a strong contributor to the songwriting; he wrote and sang quite a few of the stand out songs from their catalog in the 00’s.  Musically they are still exceptionally tight but just not breaking new ground with this album.

Shonna Tucker, the Trucker’s bassist, contributes two solid tracks.  Her playing has always been extremely competent.  This is her second album where she contributes lead vocals for tracks that she wrote.  I think that Tucker’s contributions are an exceptional high light of the album.  Her songs tend to be bathed a bit with a stylized country sound.  You can almost picture her in a small, local bar singing to the swaying, two stepping couples after last call.

This album is heavy on Patterson Hood’s musical and vocal offerings.  Of the thirteen tracks, he wrote the lyrics and covers lead vocals on seven.  I am a huge Patterson Hood fan and I find his satirical writing style to be a refreshing escape from some of the worn out topics of other current musical acts.

Stand out Tracks:

  • The Wig He Made Her Wear
  • The Fourth Night of My Drinking
  • Eyes Like Glue
  • You Got Another
  • Drag the Lake Charlie

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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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You should be listening to Patterson Hood!

Patterson Hood is the son of David Hood, bass player of the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and one of the leaders/singers/songwriters of Drive-By Truckers.  He has released two solo albums that are more intimate than his work with the band.  While still relying heavily on the exploration of southern history and its roots, his solo albums seem to be a bit more personal and deal more with emotions and the people surrounding them.

His solo debut “Killers and Stars” was recorded in Hood’s kitchen in 2001 and was not initially intended to be released.  A few copies were produced and sold at shows and it gained momentum and was finally officially released in 2004.  On “Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)”, Hood teams up with his father on the “Back of the Bible” one of the standout tracks from the album. 

His solo albums tend to be a little darker than his work with Drive-By Truckers.  His debut was more acoustic while his sophomore effort was a little more electric.  Hood’s voice, which ranges between a whiskey soaked, pack a day growl, southern drawl spoken word, or a surprisingly sweet innocent rasp, provides texture to the lyrics.

Patterson Hood Discography

  • Killers and Stars
  • Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)

Top 5 Patterson Hood Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1. Uncle Disney (Killers and Stars)
  2. Pride of the Yankees (Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)
  3. Back of a Bible (Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)
  4. The Assassin (Killers and Stars)
  5. Walking Around Sense (Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)

Check out Patterson Hood and let me know what you think.

Patterson Hood’s music is available is available on iTunes, record stores and www.drivebytruckers.com.

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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. 

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Music you should have been listening to in 2009

Greetings music fans,

 As we eagerly anticipate ringing in the New Year and 2009 comes to a close, I thought it would be entertaining to do a little musical year in review.  Here is smattering of albums that were released in 2009 that you should be listening to.  The list is compiled alphabetically by artist.  This, of course, is for my own personal benefit and helps calm my little OCD head.

 Arctic Monkeys “Humbug” 

Third album for the band with several tracks produced by Joshua Homme of (Queens of the Stone Age), (Eagles of Death Metal) and (Them Crooked Vultures)

Dan Auerbach “Keep it Hid”

Dan is half of the genius behind (The Black Keys)

The Avett Brothers “I and Love and You”

Major label debut produced by Rick Rubin

The Black Crowes “Before the Frost and Until the Freeze”

Two disc set (“Until the Freeze” only available as download) that was recorded in Levon Helm’s (The Band)Woodstock Studio.

The Dead Weather “Horehound”

Yet another reason Jack White is musical greatness

Drive-By Truckers “The Fine Print”

A collection of oddities and rarities that includes a cover of Tom Petty’s “Rebels”

Steve Earl “Townes”

In homage to the late, great Townes Van Zandt, it is an amazing collection of songs, with “Lungs” being my favorite track.

Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard “One Fast Move Or I’m Gone”

Music from Jack Kerouac’s “Big Sur”. These songs were recorded over a five day span with minimal revisions.

Grizzly Bear “Vectatimest”

A diverse collection of songs that will take a few times to appreciate.

Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 “White Lies for Dark Times”

Ben ventures beyond his Innocent Criminals and adds some Texas folks to the band.  Another solid Ben Harper venture.

Patterson Hood “Murdering Oscar (and other love songs)”

Hood, of (Drive-By Truckers), releases his 2nd solo disc.  Check out “Pride of the Yankees”

Iron and Wine “Around the Well

Two disc set of previously unreleased materials and cool covers.

Jay-Z “The Blueprint 3”

Come on, it is Jay-Z.  What is not great about this?  If you are into Jay-Z, check out his unplugged album with (The Roots) as his backing band.  Pure greatness.

Dave Matthews Band “Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King”

First album since the death of founding member Leroi Moore.  I’m a huge DMB fan and make no apologies for it. 

M Ward “Hold Time

2009 was a busy and fruitful musical year for Mr. Ward. 

Monsters of Folk (Self titled)

Well, you have Jim James (My Morning Jacket) Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and M. Ward.  How could you go wrong?  They brought back the multi part harmony that is reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, & Nash and The Eagles.

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band “Outer South”

This dude has been recording since he was 13.  Dropped the “Bright Eyes” moniker but still exploring and expanding the boundaries of music.

Pearl Jam “Back Spacer”

Great follow up album to their 2006 self titled album.  I saw them live at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival.  Two plus hours of amazing music played with such fervor and with guest appearance by Ben Harper and Perry Farrell. 

Tom Petty “The Live Anthology”

This four disc set is a must have for any Petty fan.  This set spans 30 years of concerts and is absolutely amazing.

Phish “Joy”

Great to see the boys back together and playing nice.

Silversun Pickups “Swoon”

Second full length release that is a gradual departure from “Canvas”

Son Volt “American Central Dust”

From the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar created Son Volt.  Not a disappointing album in the collection.

Sonic Youth “The Eternal”

After all these years, still making relevant music and inspiring others to do so as well.

Bruce Springsteen “Working on a Dream”

The Boss has been rather prolific in the 00’s.  This was a great way to round out the year and decade.  Saw him in Charlotte NC in 2008.  Amazing!

State Radio “Let It Go”

This is the third full length disc from Chad Stokes formerly of (Dispatch) and company.  A great live band if you ever have the opportunity.

Street Sweeper Social Club (Self titled)

Tom Morello  (Rage Against the Machine), (Audioslave) and (The Nightwatchman) and Boots Riley (The Coup) come together and create revolutionary party jams.

Them Crooked Vultures (Self titled)

Dave Grohl (Nirvana) and (Foo Fighters), Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and (Eagles of Death Metal), and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).  Need I say more?

U2 “No Line On the Horizon

Getting back to the greatness of The Joshua Tree.  Bono and Co. show why they continue to be in the running for world’s greatest rock band.

Wilco (Self titled)

From the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy created Wilco.  Not a disappointing album in the collection.  Funny how that worked out for both he & Jay.

Pete Yorn “Back & Fourth

I’ve always been a Pete fan but have found a new appreciation for him in the last few years.

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