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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