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.
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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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