Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded in 1996 by singer songwriter guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly but with AMERICAN BAND, they have made the most explicitly political album in their extraordinary canon. A powerful and legitimately provocative work, hard edged and finely honed, the album is the sound of a truly American Band – a Southern American band – speaking on matters that matter. DBT made the choice to direct the Way We Live Now head on, employing realism rather than subtext or symbolism to purge its makers’ own anger, discontent, and frustration with societal disintegration and the urban/rural divide that has partitioned the country for close to a half-century.
AMERICAN BAND’s considerable force can in part be credited to the sheer musical strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s two-decade history. AMERICAN BAND follows ENGLISH OCEANS and 2015’s IT’S GREAT TO BE ALIVE!, marking the first time DBT have made three consecutive LPs with the same hard-traveling crew.
I can be impatient when it comes to getting hold of music from artists whose work I love and respect, so I’ve often ordered albums on their US release when UK and Europe have being left waiting/wanting, this was the case with Lilly Hiatt’s album Royal Blue which has being in my possession some time after picking up the vinyl last year when I heard a couple of tracks from the album via a PR email and posted them on Beat Surrender. If you missed it the first time then enjoy these from the album and get yourself a copy, it’s a great album and was one of favorites from 2015
June 9 in Bath @ Chapel Arts
June 10 in Kirton-in-Lindsey, Gainsborough @ Town Hall Live at Diamond Jubilee Town Hall
June 11 in Leeds @ Seven Arts
June 12 in Birmingham @ Kitchen Garden Cafe
June 14 in London @ Green Note
June 15 in Biddulph @ Biddulph Up In Arms
June 16 in Bristol @ The Golden Lion
June 17 TBD
June 18 in Pulham Saint Mary @ Pennoyer Center
June 19 in Harrogate @ Blues Cafe Bar
June 21 in Edinburgh @ Voodoo Rooms
June 22 in Aberdeen @ The Blue Lamp
June 23 in Glasgow @ Music in the Suburbs