Drive-By Truckers

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Drive-By Truckers

When the Drive-By Truckers released Southern Rock Opera in 2001, they knew they’d be kicking up some Dixie dust; the album is a warts-and-all look at the experience of growing up in sweet home Alabama and environs, and the tug-of-war between accepting (even loving) the land of the Confederacy and overcoming its less-enlightened attitudes.

Steered by leader Patterson Hood’s equally Skynyrd- and Crazy Horse-loving sensibilities and a Skynyrdlike triple-guitar attack, what it kicked was ass; so did 2004’s The Dirty South. Hood (son of Muscle Shoals session player David Hood), DBT co-founder Mike Cooley and bandmates Brad Morgan, John Neff, Jay Gonzalez and Shonna Tucker have built a huge following with a catalog full of similar fare featuring literate, take-no-prisoners subjects and burning roots rock.

Their latest, The Big To-Do, is full of hard-luck and hard-living stories, a song cycle of failure in a time when Americans know all too well what it feels like. In his All Music Guide review, Mark Deming said, “The Drive-By Truckers have been the best and smartest hard rock band in America for a while now, but with The Big To-Do they also confirm they're one of the bravest.”
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