Drive By TruckersDavid McClister Photography
In case you missed it DBT have released more info on the upcoming album, the release entitled English Oceans is out in March and the news items at Rolling Stone has the full story, with the promise of a return to a simpler direct sound and that Cooley and Hood have split the songwriting duties down the middle this time, there’s much to be excited for.
Tracklist for English Oceans:
1. Shit Shots Count 2. When He’s Gone 3. Primer Coat 4. Pauline Hawkins 5. Made Up English Oceans 6. The Part of Him 7. Hearing Jimmy Loud 8. Til He’s Dead or Rising 9. Hanging On 10. Natural Light 11. When Walter Went Crazy 12. First Air of Autumn 13. Grand Canyon
. . . → Read More: Drive-by Truckers – English Oceans
The first time I saw Shonna Tucker she gave me the bird – well maybe it wasn’t aimed directly at me but I was front and centre at my first DBT gig and Shonna and the boys had just completed a typical barnstorming set and aside the music it’s stuck in my memory – I’ve yet to see the band post-Shonna and like many fans of DBT have no interest in the politics that led to Shonna or indeed ex-husband Jason Isbell leave, but when her tenure with DBT ended I has hoping that she would step up front and centre herself and indeed she has with a new band including ex-DBT guitar / steel player John Neff and Clay Leverett (drums), Bo Bedingfield (guitar) and Neil Golden (keys) (with a guest appearance from Muscle Shoals legend Spooner Oldham on Fender Rhodes. The album was co-produced by Kyle Spence . . . → Read More: Shonna Tucker & Eye Candy – A Tell All
Reading the track listing for Ugly Buildings, Whores and Politicians, DBT’s Greatest Hits 1998 – 2009, no Goddamn Lonely Love, Puttin’ People On the Moon, Heathens, (Something’s Got To) Give Pretty Soon and as for missing of A Ghost to Most well that’s just on, what were ‘they’ thinking of – was this was a New West comp rather than the band picked collection?
It’s easy to moan about what’s missing and what’s there that shouldn’t have made the edit, in truth culling the tracks down is a no-brainer given the size and quality of the bands back catalogue even when you leave out the last two releases, the official track listing is now out, the albums released in August and on vinyl too, the urge to buy will no doubt get the better of me.
The Living Bubba Bulldozers and Dirt Ronnie and Neil Zip City Let There . . . → Read More: Drive-By Truckers’ Greatest Hits 1998-2009
Apparently fifteen years to the day that the mighty Drive-by Truckers got together. If you haven’t already you may want to consider buying this limited edition vinyl offering – whilst stocks last.
Classic DBT from 2003
I wrote a few lines before about this album being one to “cause some ructions amongst long-time Trucker fans” with a caveat that it’s “sure to win them some news ones too” and after repeated listens over the last week or so I’ve no reason to change that, it’s an album with a wider appeal than The Big To-Do, it’s not affected by being over-long like Brighter Than Creations Dark and it the most accessible album the band have made, it lacks the rawness of the early trio of albums and it lacks the rocking majesty of the holy trinity of Truckers albums but those comments are not criticisms because for me it’s a magnificent piece of work in it’s own right.
There’s being much written of the albums soulful turns and it’s these elements more than anything that have opened the door to a new raft of fans, . . . → Read More: Drive-by Truckers “Go-Go Boots” (ATO 2011)
Only a few short days until Go-Go Boots arrives, the price for shipping to UK on DBT’s pre-order made it very expensive to buy into, I opted for Amazon then a tweet from the band earlier this week led me to Facebook and news of a Bonus CD available with all CD and Vinyl pre-orders at Rough Trade so that’s me sorted – info and link here, only wish I could have got to the in-store show at Rough Trade East this week.
This album is bound to cause some ructions amongst long-time Trucker fans but is sure to win them some news ones too as it gathers some solid press in the UK including this from Uncut – click picture to go large.
. . . → Read More: Go-Go Boots “country, soul, murder ballads”