"You should have seen that girl go shaky at the knees," sang Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley halfway through the Portland, Ore. band's set. His words proved applicable to more than doting young girls; they illuminated the reactions of every Blitzen Trapper and Drive-By Truckers fan at the Pageant on Saturday night.
At age 35, alt-country singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Isbell is finally having the shining moment of his somewhat tumultuous 13-year career. His fourth solo album, "Southeastern," came out last year to much critical acclaim, lauded by many as one of the best of 2013.
Drive-By Truckers have logged a lot of miles over the course of their nearly two-decade existence, both physically and as a band, with a revolving door of members orbiting around its core -- the two remaining founders and co-leaders, Patterson Hood and Mike "Stroker Ace" Cooley.
It's been said before, but I don't mind repeating it: John Prine is a national treasure.
Imagine being in a traveling band and staring down the prospect of trying to play a rock show in a town on the night said burg's baseball team is playing in Game 7 of the World's Series, at home, no less.
When it comes down to it, the Jack Daniels-swigging, Southern rock-swaggering force of nature that is the Drive-By Truckers is grounded in great songs. Patterson Hood and Jay Gonzalez prove it in this special duo acoustic session.