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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Album Release - The Drive-By Truckers - The Big To-Do - Released Today

The Drive-By Truckers' latest album The Big To-Do was released today. If you're not familiar with them, I'm going to let their bio from Amazon, which was written by either the band or one of their representatives tell you about them:

"Who the hell are the Drive-By Truckers? Five big, loud Southern Men. 4 from Alabama, 1 from South Carolina, 3 of whom now reside in Athens, GA; 1 in Birmingham, AL; and 1 in Center Star, AL (just outside of Muscle Shoals).

Hit the road in 1998, played over 400 shows in 2 1/2 years while recording and releasing (independently) 3 albums. Took six months off to fight, mix and raise the money to release their 4th album. Put out Southern Rock Opera themselves (September 12, 2001) and hit the road again, playing over 250 shows in 14 months. Was one of the few independent bands in recent memory to receive a 4-star review from Rolling Stone.

Signed with Lost Highway Records in May of 2002 (Southern Rock Opera re-released on major label July 2002) but parted ways and signed on with New West in 2003.

Sometimes referred to as DBT.

Mike Cooley plays guitar and sings. He grew up in Tuscumbia, AL (where Helen Keller came from). As a boy, he took guitar lessons from bluegrass legend Al Lester and saw Carl Perkins play The Hayloft Opry. Formed Adam’s House Cat with Patterson Hood in 1985. Plays really cheap beat up guitars, and tears them up when they act up. Don’t act up.

Earl Hicks plays bass. He produced 2 of DBT’s albums before joining the band in 2000. He grew up in Florence, AL (as did W.C. Handy). He is an avid wine drinker. He is sometimes known as Bird Dog. He has an acute sense of smell and his doppelganger is a dead man.

Patterson Hood plays guitar and sings. He began writing songs when he was 8 and has written over 3000 songs. Most of the first 2000 suck. He is a very stubborn man and the poster child for persistence. His father, David Hood, is a session musician from Muscle Shoals AL. He played on “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Singers as well as songs by Bobby Womack, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bob Seger, and Willie Nelson.

Spent much of his childhood on a farm in McGee Town, AL, just down the road from where Sam Phillips grew up.

Jason Isbell plays guitar and sings. He is from Green Hill, AL. At 24, he is somewhat younger than the rest of the band. He joined the band in the fall of 2001 on half a day’s notice and learned the show on stage in Norman OK. 2 days later he wrote the title cut for their new album “Decoration Day”.

Brad Morgan plays drums. He would not be caught dead playing congas. He would not be caught dead in a band with a saxophone. He hates saxophones. He comes from Greenville, SC. where Lynyrd Skynyrd played their last show before the plane crash. He looks swell in a bathrobe.

One of the best damn Rock and Roll Bands you’ll ever see."

Don't you wish every artist's bio was written like this? If you've never heard/seen DBT before, here's their music video for Never Gonna Change, a single from their 2004 The Dirty South album. Enjoy!

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