While 2011 certainly provided plenty of top-shelf records, I want to do KDHX readers a solid, and as opposed to you running out and buying every album I mention, like I know you certainly would, I put together a cheat sheet of some of my favorite songs.
For the past 15 years Drive-By Truckers have stayed extremely busy. The Athens, Ga. based group has released nearly an album a year, toured to support their output and served as the backing band for other luminary musicians like Booker T. Jones and Bettye LaVette. All the while Patterson Hood, guitarist and main songwriter, has been at the center of it all.
On the opening track "Alabama Pines" from his new album Jason Isbell laments, "No one gives a damn about the things I give a damn about." The faithful that came out to see the impressive 32-year-old Alabama songwriter certainly did give a damn.
I haven’t spent time in Northern Alabama, but I feel like I know the place like the back of my hand. I could probably guide someone from Huntsville due west to Muscle Shoals, to Sheffield, then up north to Florence.
As I listen to Go-Go Boots, the most recent release by Drive-By Truckers, the words “raw” and “pure” come to my mind. Rather than releasing all of its newer material at once in 2010, DBTs took its time, splitting up its latest songs into 2 releases according to stylistic elements and theme.
When Paste shuttered its print division back in September, the first question on everyone's mind was: What's Paste?
Drive-By Truckers started out as one of the loudest and sloppiest of novelty bands in the South; they're now one of the loudest and tightest of Southern rock bands anywhere. The DBTs taped a soundcheck performance for KDHX before their capacity show at the Pageant.