Hailing from Athens, Ga., cofounders and longtime friends Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley played together in several bands, including the duo “Virgil Kane." In 1998, the Drive-By Truckers debuted with the release of the album “Gangstabilly.”
Current band mates include drummer Brad Morgan, the always-grinning bassist Matt Patton and multi-instrumental Jay Gonzalez, who has been with the band since 2008.
A jagged melancholy seeps out of this album, as it did from the stage, with the band digging deeper into their muddied roots. There is a doggedness to Drive By Truckers, a band that has attained authority in the raucous world of southern alternative rock.
Photos by Joanna Kleine