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…
Obsessing over the new DBT album at the moment, here’s my Minilog
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
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 and the band, together they also recorded a track for High Cotton: A Tribute To Alabama – which also features contributions from Jason Isbell, Lucero and Old Crow Medicine Show (I’ve added it to my wish list).
A Tell All is set for release October 15th on Sweet Nectar Records and available to pre-order now on Vinyl and CD, the albums ten songs are all originals penned by Shonna plus a co-write with John Neff and represent a cross-section of Shonna’s influences including of course the wonderful sound of Muscle Shoals where she grew up, “All these songs came fast, in a few months time. There was no theme or plan at all. Inspiration came from what was happening around me and that was a lot of different things”, here’s a taster of what’s in-store, you can listen to a trio of tracks from the album at Bandcamp, watch the EPK and listen to a great interview courtesy of Sloane Spencer and Country Fried Rock as she chat’s to Shonna about her musical journey, the band and the album.