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.
Gill Sandell & Chris T-T – Walk Away, Walk Away
The Delines – Scenic Sessions
More delights from The Delines, releases as a tour only CD there was a limited release later in the year and you can get the dl at Bandcamp now too,
Ian Levine’s – Solid Stax Sensations
Another classy release on the wonderful Kent label
wiaiwya-7777777 seven inch singles club
The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
Growing Up…. With The Jam
Drive-by Truckers – It’s Great To Be Alive
Epic live box set on vinyl………
Neko Case – Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule
Early Xmas present to self, stunning vinyl box set including 8 vinyl remasters (from the original analog tape) + a limited edition 80-page full colour photo-book and vinyl slip mat all presented in a collectors box.
From DBT’s forthcoming epic 5 LP / 3 CD live record, the album was recorded over three nights at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, It’s Great To Be Alive! is available to pre-order now direct from the band.
Here’s the original Adam’s House Cat version
It’s a Great Time to Be Alive! is an epic 35 track 5 LP live deluxe album which was recorded over three nights at the historic Filmore Auditorium in San Francisco, there’s also a 13-track edition titled This Weekend’s the Night and a number of package options that are all up for pre-order on the band’s website, the album includes tracks stretching back to the Hood & Cooley band Adam’s House Cat band and right through to the band’s last last long player English Oceans. The album is set for release on October 30th, in the mean time Jason Thrasher has recently uploaded a lot of videos of the band to Vimeo and I’ve picked a couple to post here, for the rest click here.
Jay Gonzalez (DBT’s keyboard maestro), is after funding to release The Bitter Suite, a 5 song rock medley that’ll be pressed on a limited edition run of 180 gram vinyl with a unique etching on the flip-side, if you’re going to ask for funding then I think he’s hit on the best way – great selling job.
The Bitter Suite. If it reaches the goal, it’ll be pressed onto 180 gram vinyl. Some folks may question the validity of vinyl, but, in my opinion, you can taste the difference…