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hey - why such little talk about this kickass band? Any fellow diehards? Anyone seen them / planning to see them on their current tour? How about a POX or Search and Destroy?

For me, I'd search almost everything, especially Pizza Deliverance and Decoration Day, destroy a little over half of Southern Rock Opera(except Cooley's songs, they all rule).

Me and the lady have tix to see them here in NYC on Halloween - psyched!! May try to hit the Michigan gig on the 7th too...

roger adultery, Tuesday, 14 October 2003 23:33 (twenty years ago) link

*raises hand*

adaml (adaml), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 00:27 (twenty years ago) link

they're actually coming to State College next month. Just listened to Alabama Ass-Whuppin' two nights ago. I keep forgetting to apologize to Chuck for ignorantly mockin' them a while back. Great band. (though I still need to buy Pizza Deliverance and Southern Rock Opera).

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 00:29 (twenty years ago) link

I think Decoration Day is (even) better than their other albums. they keep getting better album by album, no small thing. never seen 'em, for which, rest assured, I kick myself repeatedly on a daily basis.

M Matos (M Matos), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 00:33 (twenty years ago) link

They played at the annual free festival on campus (opening for Jimmy Eat World!!) circa Southern Rock, but I was doing a radio show when they were playing. Glad they're coming back to let me rectify the situation.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 01:17 (twenty years ago) link

I've seen them every time they've come through town over the course of the last two years or so, which has been a lot. Each time I walk into the show thinking, alright, this will be the night they let me down, and each time I leave with even more admiration for them than before. Fortunately, there is such a dedicated DBT tapers circle that I've been able to track down several of the shows I've seen, and the recordings bear out my initial thoughts. In fact, their recent shows have been among the best I've ever seen from anyone. I most recently saw them the night after Johnny Cash died, but they had the good taste not to do a Cash cover. Instead, they wrote a song about him, and it's a good one (and may still be up on their site). They did, however, cover Warren Zevon's "Play It All Night Long," and it kicked as much ass as their cover of "People Who Died."

Those shows are pretty futhermucking loud, though. On night two I occasionally popped in earplugs, which I never do. Do I smell a thread? "Earplugs at Shows?"

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 October 2003 12:40 (twenty years ago) link

I'm seeing them in Birmingham tomorrow night, my sixth DBT show and hopefully not my last. They do have a demo of "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" up on their website,

largehearted boy (largeheartedboy), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 13:03 (twenty years ago) link

fan-friggin-tastic. though they tend to veer off into jam-band territory during live shows. decoration day is easily in my Top 5 (perhaps even 3) albums of the year.

Jeanne Fury (Jeanne Fury), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 13:37 (twenty years ago) link


teeny (teeny), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 14:53 (twenty years ago) link

They come this month -- or next month -- to NYC. 18 Wheels Of Love is so NOT a novelty song.

She had three televisions just like Elvis, the King, used to have...

ModJ (ModJ), Wednesday, 15 October 2003 15:00 (twenty years ago) link

Josh - would love to get ahold of some of those live tapes. Email me if interested in dubs / trades / etc.
Okay, now that there's enough of us - How 'bout a Pick Only Ten? Here's mine, off teh top of my head:

1. The Company I Keep
2. Love Like This
3. Whiskey Without Women
4. Sink Hole
5. Wife Beater
6. Dead Drunk & Naked
7. Nine Bullets
8. Guitar Man Upstairs
9. Margo & Harold
10.Marry Me

roger adultery (roger adultery), Thursday, 16 October 2003 03:11 (twenty years ago) link

so far I like them
but I do not love them though
I know that's MY fault

Haikunym (Haikunym), Thursday, 16 October 2003 03:19 (twenty years ago) link


Little Big Macher (llamasfur), Thursday, 16 October 2003 04:00 (twenty years ago) link

Echo Decoration Day as a top-fiver. But also love some other tracks--Why Henry Drinks, Panties in Your Purse.
Tomorrow night they are in Memphis!

elle (elle), Thursday, 16 October 2003 14:23 (twenty years ago) link

eight months pass...
What I posted on another thread yesterday:

>Playing the new Drive By Truckers album *Dirty South* now. It sounds even more tired than their last one; they've totally given up on trying to be Skynyrd, which sucks. Not horrible, though. Better than Patterson Hood's solo CD, I guess. So I bet it gets very good reviews.<

I'm now convinced, by the way, that *Dirty South* is their worst album ever, by far. The first song rocks okay, but just about everything else drags drags drags, almost 100 percent ballads, damn near no fucking memorable melodies, no fucking energy, nothing. Track #4 is okay, probably some others here and there, I forget which ones. Sometimes the high singing is kinda pretty, and the thing definitely is better to play at work than in a car, since the record does not move AT ALL. "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" strikes me as pandering bullshit. Track #9, "Cottonseed," is one of the most tedious, interminable songs I've heard all year. If somebody really believes I'm missing something, I wish they would explain what it is. Their three EARLY albums (as in pre Southern Rock Opera) blow this one out of the water, if anybody's curious.

chuck, Saturday, 19 June 2004 19:17 (twenty years ago) link

worse than the Rob Malone tracks on Southern Rock Opera?

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 19 June 2004 19:27 (twenty years ago) link

You mean, like, "Cassie's Brother," which is probably better than anything on *Decoration Day*? Yeah, way worse than that. Not even close.

chuck, Saturday, 19 June 2004 19:37 (twenty years ago) link

Is that song that Cooley sings about NASCAR on this album? I saw them do it live about four months ago and it was definitely a crowd pleaser. I gotta tell you, I'm sorry to hear your report ...

Mr Deeds (Mr Deeds), Sunday, 20 June 2004 03:23 (twenty years ago) link

They are the loudest band I've ever heard live.

TheNewJMod (JMod), Sunday, 20 June 2004 03:32 (twenty years ago) link

Seeing Patterson Wednesday - can't wait.

Chuck's description doesn't worry me one bit if he really thinks "Cassie's Brother" is better than Decoration Day.

And yes, JMod, I agree - one of the loudest (and best) live shows i've ever seen.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Sunday, 20 June 2004 05:32 (twenty years ago) link

Who exactly is "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" pandering to? I mean, any more than Big and Rich are pandering, which you've gotta admit they totally are in places (ie. that whole race thing never made sense to me blahblah bullshit), even though I do still really like the CD.

Now, I haven't heard the Dirty South yet so I guess I can't sufficiently respond, but what I'd heard live sounded terrific.

Mr. Deeds 100% OTM about "Daddy's Cup" - blew me away live, and honestly unless they TOTALLY changed the demo version on the website and the way they play it live for the record, I'm really surprised Chuck wouldn't like "Carl Perkins" 'cause it's got such a GREAT poppy riff on it, one of the catchiest I've heard all year.

"Where the Devil Don't Stay" was a great rocker live as well, and "Danko/Manuel" was a terrific ballad to these ears. I will admit that Patterson's songs did sound kind of weak in comparison to Cooley and Isbell, and of course again I haven't actually heard the album so I might be totally off base altogether.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Sunday, 20 June 2004 06:56 (twenty years ago) link

yeah and Roger OTM about "Cassie's Brother" vs. All Of Decoration Day - I mean, c'mon, next to "Outfit" and "Sink Hole" and "Marry Me" and the title track, "Cassie's Brother" is a dud.

I will say however that I agree with Chuck about missing the humor and playfulness of the first three rekkids, the Truckers definitely do take themselves a little too seriously from time to time nowadays and I'd sure love it if they'd inject a little bit of that Panties in Your Purse/Steve McQueen/Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus) spirit into their newer stuff.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Sunday, 20 June 2004 07:01 (twenty years ago) link

The two times I saw DBT live (once on the Southern Rock Opera tour -- a show so disappointing that it convinced me not to vote for their album the year it came out {it finally wound up being my number two behind Rocket from the Tombs a year later}; once on the Decoration Day tour) they weren't loud at all -- Again, I wanted them to be Skynyrd (or at least try to be Skynyrd), and they just came out as an alt-country ballad band with way too much of the lazy drunken Replacements shtick I was sick of by 1986. I'm playing "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" right now; it's not that catchy -- a better than average Tom Petty song, at best. Jangly, I guess. I think it's pandering to the same people that the Dixie Chicks are pandering to when they drop Johnny Cash's and Merle Haggard's names in their otherwise excellent "Long Time Gone" (and all kinds of country songs in recent years pander to elsewhere): i.e., people who pat themselves on the back for knowing about music history. And its pandering is a lot less fun than the pandering on Southern Rock Opera (maybe because Lynyrd Skynyrd is more fun than Carl Perkins? could be), not to mention the pandering on on Big & Rich's album. And I can't follow the story, to be honest. And it doesn't rock. It's a stodgy old whitebread alt-country powerpop history book, and to hell with it, you know?

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 14:16 (twenty years ago) link

In other news (in re: other "Dirty South* tracks plugged above), "Daddy's Cup" sounds alright I guess - A car song with a car rhythm; kinda monotonous, but at least it's got a bit of forward motion chugging it ahead. "Danko/Manuel" is an amorphous, deadassed bore of a ballad, trudging along aimlessly and hooklessly for almost six quiet minutes. And "Where The Devil Don't Stay," as I admit above, does indeed rock.

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 14:28 (twenty years ago) link

Basically, though, I still believe they should release "Where the Devil Don't Stay" as a single, and relieve people of the burden of having to buy the whole album.

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 14:31 (twenty years ago) link

I wanted them to be Skynyrd (or at least try to be Skynyrd

the key line

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 14:41 (twenty years ago) link

Ballads < Rockstuff.

Je4nne ƒury (Jeanne Fury), Monday, 21 June 2004 14:49 (twenty years ago) link

you can have both, esp. when you accept that the band's not gonna play "freebird."

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 14:53 (twenty years ago) link

though that's a ballad too! heck, my fave skynyrd is "Simple Man"!

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 14:54 (twenty years ago) link

*Southern Rock Opera* DID have both rockstuff and ballads. But at least the ballads on that album rocked. (As do "Free Bird" and "Simple Man" and "Tuesday's Gone" etc.) The problem with DBT is that they've almost entirely given up on rocking. THEY'RE the one who chose one style over the other, not me. (Their best song is still "Zip City," as far as I'm concerned, by the way.)

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 15:07 (twenty years ago) link

I'm pretty saddened by the idea of a rock-free DBT album, I'll admit.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 15:13 (twenty years ago) link

Frankly I wish they'd drop one element of Lynyrdism and not have a third songwriter. Neither Rob Malone or Jason Isbell ever did much for me.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 15:14 (twenty years ago) link

third guitarist/songwriter, I mean.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 15:14 (twenty years ago) link

"Their best song is still "Zip City," as far as I'm concerned, by the way."

I'll agree with this. Ah well, can't really argue with Chuck on this until I gets me a copy of Dirty South myself.

And I really like Isbell BTW, I thought his two contributions to Decoration Day were among the best on the album, and at least when I saw it performed live, I thought "Danko/Manuel" was absolutely haunting.

I can see Chuck's point about pandering as far the Dixie Chicks are concerned b/c that song did seem specifically geared to orient themselves in the "don't make 'em like they usedta" camp, but I don't see it with "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" - I mean, that's what the song's about, y'know? It doesn't seem to me to be contrived in the least, certainly it is a "history lesson" and maybe that's a bore for some, but I don't see it as pandering at all.

Funny you mentioned "Long Time Gone" Chuck b/c I referenced that song in my Stylus review of Gretchen Wilson today, how she's big-upping Bocephus while the Chicks prefer Hank Sr.

Josh Love (screamapillar), Monday, 21 June 2004 15:50 (twenty years ago) link

CeCe you're crazy dude, Isbell is a FANTASTIC songwriter

roger adultery (roger adultery), Monday, 21 June 2004 20:51 (twenty years ago) link

he's definitely better than Rob Malone, but his doesn't really get to me like Hood and Cooley's best do.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 21 June 2004 20:55 (twenty years ago) link

>>I don't see it with "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" - I mean, that's what the song's about, y'know? It doesn't seem to me to be contrived in the least, certainly it is a "history lesson" and maybe that's a bore for some<<

I might not think the history lesson was such a bore if it was, say, "Michael Murphey's Cadillac, actually -- which would be way more clever, too, given Geronimo's and all. (Plus, the Kentucky Headhunters did a better song about Carl Perkins on a way better Southern Rock/country album LAST year. And it was easily one of the lesser songs on *that* album.)

chuck, Monday, 21 June 2004 21:57 (twenty years ago) link

yeah, the new album is pretty sparkless and a lot more jammy, which is OK but I wish they'd get out of their torpor. I liked that on Decoration Day they were obviously pissed off at the world/fucked in life; they wrote great songs from it. this time they seem to have said, "Let's get looser on this one," and they did, but they're so much better when they're both at once.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Monday, 21 June 2004 22:19 (twenty years ago) link

Do any of you have any idea why I can't find DBT CDs in Japan? I can find pretty much anything here, but DBT's label or seems to have no Japanese distributer or something (I really have no idea how it works).

Debito (Debito), Tuesday, 22 June 2004 02:19 (twenty years ago) link

two months pass...
Man I really love this album. Only a smidge less than Decoration Day, but liking this one more with every listen. Fucking Isbell, man. "Danko / Manuel" and "Goddam Lonely Love." Met him the other night (on my birthday!) and he was really nice (they all are)

I honestly can't remember the last time I was actually excited to meet a band - comes with the territory of being a rock journo I guess

Anyway, I wholeheartedly disagree with chuck upthread - and if you miss the lighthearted stuff, well, there's two songs about Walking Tall, fer chrissakes!! What do you want?? What's more lighthearted than Walking goddamm Tall? :)

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 10 September 2004 15:41 (nineteen years ago) link

I keep listening to this and I can sort of hear the criticisms about the music being a little slack but these have got to be some of the angriest songs on earth right about now. The voices just keep grabbing at me.

They were on Conan last night and they did an Isbell song I think. How old is that kid? His lyrics are just too much. So well written and so fucking defiant. He was all dressed up and looked like an American Idol contestant singing about his sort of fucked up/backwoods life and how he doesn't (or can't, I guess) give a shit. It was pretty perfect.

He knows his southern writers I guess.

danh (danh), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:03 (nineteen years ago) link

It's awesome. i reviewed it and am still kicking myself for not giving it enough love. isbell really has it. he's about 25 - older then you'd think, still carrying the puppy fat.

god, i love them truckers.

Peter Watts (peterw), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:14 (nineteen years ago) link

so which should be my first album? Decoration Day?

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:17 (nineteen years ago) link

it's the best i reckon, but southern rock opera is more immediate. pizza deliverance is a blast, but less, er, authored.

Peter Watts (peterw), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:19 (nineteen years ago) link

I wasn't planning on buying this (if Chuck's review was otm I knew how painful the experience would be), but the three mp3s on their site are terrific. Maybe the rest is too slow but those three had great hooks and the kind of guitar interplay I die for. I'll get it today and I feel like a shmuck for waiting this long.

(judging from the song samples I heard on Northern State's site he's dead on about that album though)

manthony m1cc1o (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:31 (nineteen years ago) link

fell asleep to this last night on conan, but i was beat, i'm interested though

kephm, Friday, 17 September 2004 15:40 (nineteen years ago) link

Those aren't even the best songs on the record.

danh (danh), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:50 (nineteen years ago) link

I really want to hear a Jason solo album. Cooley too.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 17 September 2004 15:51 (nineteen years ago) link

Seeing them tonight in NYC!

57 7th (calstars), Friday, 17 September 2004 16:00 (nineteen years ago) link

(And here's to an Isbell solo record, that would be great).

57 7th (calstars), Friday, 17 September 2004 16:01 (nineteen years ago) link

This song gives me the chills.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 15:26 (one year ago) link

This is a touchy subject for me because this band meant more than any other to me from roughly the very long years of 2002 to 2010 but the new vocal sounds horrible in comparison, sounds like they re-recorded it recently rather than using an alternate track from the era.

zacata, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 18:15 (one year ago) link

one of my favorite songs off the album & from their catalog

i dunno if i am ready to hear the reworked vocal. will have to work up to it maybe.
the imperfections is part of what i love about the original.

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 11 April 2023 18:36 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I haven't been a place where I can listen to that, but I was really excited about the reworking - until I got to the part about redone vocals.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 April 2023 18:54 (one year ago) link

It sounds fine. Changes a couple of words here and there. Loses the falsetto bits, which I guess Hood didn't like but which I never minded. And minus a full re-recording it still (imo) fails to nail the way the song sounds live.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 18:56 (one year ago) link

Horrible might have been too strong but the beginning is out of sync and there are plenty of places in the second half where he’s just overdoing it a bit. Sounds like someone swiped the vocal track from one of their live performances and pasted it on the original. Just have a hard time imagining this as the ‘definitive’ version and will sound a bit out of place in the middle of the other original studio tracks. Of course I’ve heard the original a thousand times and anything different probably wouldn’t have sounded right to me.

zacata, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 19:03 (one year ago) link

Yeah, that's fair. If you're going to re-do it, re-do it. Swapping in a new version of a song for the old, for mostly cosmetic reasons is, as the kids say, sus.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 11 April 2023 19:30 (one year ago) link

if Pat’s happier doing it this way i’m happy for him, and on its own merits he does a good job of recreating the anger

but i don’t need it to be at a 10 the whole way through. it needs the quieter bits to make the yelling parts pay off


werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 12 April 2023 05:20 (one year ago) link

also lol @ jason

No not at all- Hood sent me mixes as soon as it was done and it’s fantastic. Which record did Ozzy cut me out of though that sucks

— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) April 11, 2023

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 12 April 2023 05:28 (one year ago) link

lol call him Pat at your own risk ...

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 April 2023 11:47 (one year ago) link

Jason just consistently proves himself to be one of the best dudes - funny, great songwriter, standing up for the right things and completely unafraid to push back against trolls and actively piss off "fans" by telling him he doesn't want their hateful views around.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 12 April 2023 14:36 (one year ago) link

From blog notes soon after first release:

...14 songs, 8 damn good, 2 pretty good, 4 too tawky, and the tawk aint that stimulatin'...Patterson's the culprit, as always, but more so here. Ideas, or at least topics, or at least *words,* don't lead the music, or follow it either. And that tight dry little cigarette voice, which can/could be effective, kind of in there between mosquito zingers of Eddie Hinton and 5 0'clock-shadow-tonsils of Steve Earle, but here it's closer to not-so-Mighty Mouse (and a cracker-barrel-retiree-Steve E.). Still and yet and yet and still more than compensated for/effectively contrasted by the sinuous writ x performance of Jason and Cooley. Brad's big bass drum, Shonna's bass guitar (and her voice, back there in the mix, but adding good thin sharp edge thereby, *when* audible: I keep listening for it, never taking for granted), also mucho gracias.
...Supposedly (according to some sources), DECORATION DAY was a "follow-up" to PIZZA DELIVERANCE, this 'un a SOUTHERN ROCK OPERA. And, before I heard about those alleged relationships, was already thinking how several songs from DS would go good on a really deluxe personal burn of SRO. But *way too many* good'uns to fit that, strictly squinting.
...(later) I was (somewhat) too hard on Patterson. "Tornadoes" is as eerie as Jason's songs, and it's not like PH hasn't done eerie before.And part of that's his voice, which is *not* shot, as I seemed to imply, without meaning to. It will be shot, or shite, if he keeps squinching it as much as he does on some other tracks. Guess I'm mainly frustrated/spoiled cos of their usual standard, but they're always a bit uneven (as I should've said in the Voice re SRO), so should've been ready to listen around the lesser without shortchanging *some* of the gooder. Frustrated here by the expectation-whettin' way PH presents a triptych of songs re the late hickory-stick totin' Sheriff Buford Pusser, of WALKING TALL mythology. WT was based on BP's *account* of his great deeds, otherwise largely unverified by others, or so I remember reading in the 70s, not too long after film came out. Most impressive aspects: a)Manager of one of the theatres showing it in B'ham taped unique-for-him radio endorsement,"and let me reassure all parents that the 'R' rating is for Violence, not Sex." Also (b) the ending, when Buford has finally been brought low(est).(He started seeming kinda sadie-maso, like Evel Kneivel or latterday Mel G.)Courtesy his old main squeezers the State Line Gang, and congregation runs out of church, to destroy the Gang's main den of iniquity. Somehow seemed prophetic to see them in their Sunday best, ripping that place to shreds, and, though I forgot about it, remembered when Moral Majority first burst through my haze, to hold rally on steps of our nation's Capitol. Well! Patterson, who is younger than me, but writes that he saw the movie back then, and who says he likes to do research, and also make up good stuff, really doesn't follow through. Good spoken intro, good snarly vignette, then Cooley's effective "Cottonseed," then whole subset *ends* with the PH tawky-boring bit of the kind I complained about below.However: one of Cooley's is boring me too (although his have grown on me before, so won't name it yet.) And! PH's "Lookout Mountain" does hold its own with Cooley's and Jason's, in the kill-No-Dozin finale totalizm. But "Lookout" is a pre-DBT, and the latter have recorded it before, haven't they. Still!
So mainly probs w PH, as usual, but a lot of keepers, also as usual.

dow, Wednesday, 12 April 2023 20:12 (one year ago) link

what many consider to be our masterpiece,
had never occurred to me.

dow, Wednesday, 12 April 2023 20:18 (one year ago) link

I would have guessed Southern Rock Opera was the consensus masterpiece

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 12 April 2023 20:49 (one year ago) link

I would go for either SRO or Brighter Than Creation's Dark

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 12 April 2023 20:51 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I woulda thought SRO, though still wanting to add for inst "Danko and Manuel" for the roots rocker doom theme, and end it all with "Never Gonna Change," which always seemed Lynyrdly as hell, too bad Jason wasn't in the band yet.
Let's see what did I say about Brighter:

The Truckers' latest roadkill is uneven as ever, but the best songs are good and numerous enough to put it in my Nash Scene Top Ten…Brighter Than Creation's Dark is not full of sweetness and light, and it is a little too long, like most of their albums, but does seem reinvigorated, after getting past whatever tensions re resulted in the slammed doors and illin' irresolution of A Blessing And A Curse. Also, we got the unexpected emergence of bassist Shonna as songwriter and lead singer on some tracks, a welcome respite from the broody testosterone, and even a few songs, especially the one set in the Grand Canyon, where the drivers-by get out of their truck for a while, and actually seem to enjoy doing so.

dow, Wednesday, 12 April 2023 21:05 (one year ago) link

"Three Dimes Down" is the most fun DBT song ever, "Bob" is the worst, in summary Cooley's songwriting is a land of contrasts

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 12 April 2023 21:07 (one year ago) link

Clearly "Let There Be Rock" is probably the most fun (ingeniously downer subtext aside).

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 April 2023 21:51 (one year ago) link

Not even the most fun song on SRO! (Or in the top half of that album IMO)

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 12 April 2023 22:20 (one year ago) link

shut up and get on the plane!

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 12 April 2023 22:26 (one year ago) link

Weird, I think of "Let There Be Rock" as a linchpin of that record, and long one of their surefire live songs. As is "Shut Up," though that one, as it is on the album, feels even more like a victory lap designed for the encore.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 12 April 2023 22:52 (one year ago) link

i do truly love let there be rock though

one of the first songs that hooked me when i first saw them -i had never heard of them & saw them open for black crowes in 06, no one in the amphitheater but their diehard fans in the first couple of rows
saw the devotion of the fans & was intrigued

let there be rock was def THE song that hooked me. reminded me of the way my husband and i & our friends talk about music, ie experiences tied to live gigs, tagging a good show story with a related story about a similar band/show

i was like “oh yeah, these are my people”

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 13 April 2023 00:35 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Listening to the Complete Dirty South and I was almost totally overwhelmed by the flood of memories of all the dozens of times I've seen this band and they were exactly what I needed. Or I guess more specifically the first time I ever heard songs like "The Day John Henry Died," "Where the Devil Don't Stay" or "Puttin' People on the Moon." Or the rest it, really. The most remarkable thing to consider is how different Isbell sounds here when he sings lead, like he's already older than his, what, 22 years? 23? What a band.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 30 June 2023 23:00 (one year ago) link

Oh, and I do like the new remastering/mixing/re-recording/tracklist of "Dirty South," too. It's still too long, but this band (especially this era of the band) does shaggy and shambling almost as well as Crazy Horse.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 30 June 2023 23:55 (one year ago) link

Yeah it’s pretty great

I’ve come around on the re-do of Sands of Iwo Jima … him dropping the falsetto does make the heartfelt lyrics go over a little better. Maybe he just felt it was weird to sing about his grandad in a high pitched voice lol

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 1 July 2023 00:23 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

I saw Hood a couple of times last weekend (Cooley was actually playing the same night across town one of the nights, but I opted for double Hood). Good mix of old and new, a nice refresher that early tracks like "The Company I Keep" and (always) "The Living Bubba" show how good he was out of the gate. Best of all I brought three people with me, my pal who is a fan, his sister (who had never heard of Hood) and my friend's 70-year old dad, who came away converted. It's always great to go to shows with blank-slates, people not hindered by baggage or snobbery. They loved it.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 13 December 2023 03:55 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

A case of sterling bigmouth

calstars, Sunday, 21 January 2024 23:04 (five months ago) link

i sneaked up them stairs

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 21 January 2024 23:39 (five months ago) link

and puked in the toilet

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 22 January 2024 01:18 (five months ago) link


calstars, Monday, 22 January 2024 01:25 (five months ago) link

“Don’t call what you’re wearing a sterling bigmouth”

calstars, Monday, 22 January 2024 01:28 (five months ago) link


werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 22 January 2024 01:57 (five months ago) link

I like how he's occasionally changed the bands over the years. I've heard him talking about seeing the Clash, and seeing the Replacements, and seeing Springsteen, etc.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 22 January 2024 02:47 (five months ago) link

it’s one of the first songs i remember from the first time i ever saw them live back in 2006 i think

part of what grabbed me was how this song so perfectly reflected that universal language (well within my friendship circle) the way my friends & i talked to each other, and mr veg and i - the stories that go with those great concerts you saw, or the ones you never get to

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 22 January 2024 03:15 (five months ago) link

I was drinking with my ex and the “scared shitless of what’s coming next” came on and she

calstars, Monday, 22 January 2024 03:25 (five months ago) link

And she cracked up

calstars, Monday, 22 January 2024 03:25 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

hood turned 60 today : /

mookieproof, Monday, 25 March 2024 00:22 (three months ago) link

They are touring Southern Rock Opera this fall.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 March 2024 00:23 (three months ago) link

yes! we put in ticket requests for one of the SF Fillmore shows :D

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 25 March 2024 00:25 (three months ago) link

can’t wait

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 25 March 2024 00:25 (three months ago) link

ticket prices seem ... weird.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 25 March 2024 01:20 (three months ago) link

$40 each for standing room at the Fillmore felt kinda normal or at least less upsetting than Pearl Jam

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 25 March 2024 01:29 (three months ago) link

Bought my tix. They were $45 plus $20 of extra BS for House of (fuckin) Blues. Early all ages show, which is odd. Seeing the second night, because Adrian Belew et al. are the night before, and I am the weirdo that is seeing King Crimson and DBT on back to back nights.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 April 2024 20:33 (three months ago) link


werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 3 April 2024 02:36 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Southern Rock Opera is the third studio album by Drive-By Truckers...New West Records is proud to present a remixed and remastered deluxe edition LP featuring a resequenced record as well as a third disc with multiple bonus tracks including a song “Mystery Song” that was recorded one night in Birmingham. Lead Singer Patterson Hood explains,
“Birmingham” and “Moved” were originally part of Act I on original CD release. This is the first vinyl version to feature “Moved” and we felt that “Birmingham” would be the best other song to move without messing up the story element of Betamax Guillotine. We moved them here to keep the vinyl sides within time of maximum high fidelity.

In the process of re-mixing the original tracks for the album. We stumbled upon a mysterious track that was recorded late one night in Birmingham. None of us have any memory whatsoever of recording it. The song itself was never even written down, just made up on the spot while the tape was rolling. We’re calling it “Mystery Song.” It’s actually a keeper.

3-LP Deluxe Edition Includes:
- Foil stamped slipcase
- Original album packaged as 2xLP gatefold
- Bonus 3rd LP in separate jacket
- 28 page book included with newly released photos & an historic look back at Southern Rock Opera.

can pre-order from

dow, Thursday, 9 May 2024 02:45 (two months ago) link

“If you’re living badly, tell you how to live: dead drunk and naked”

calstars, Thursday, 9 May 2024 03:13 (two months ago) link

I saw Hood a couple of times last weekend (Cooley was actually playing the same night across town one of the nights, but I opted for double Hood). Good mix of old and new, a nice refresher that early tracks like "The Company I Keep" and (always) "The Living Bubba" show how good he was out of the gate. Best of all I brought three people with me, my pal who is a fan, his sister (who had never heard of Hood) and my friend's 70-year old dad, who came away converted. It's always great to go to shows with blank-slates, people not hindered by baggage or snobbery. They loved it.

― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Reminding me once again that I still need to check out Cooley's solo album--is it good?
And of the follwing, from my Nashville Scene ballot comments, re 2009 picks:

On Patterson Hood's Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs), the narrator of the first and title song celebrates his victory over Oscar and those who proffered/remonstrated re salvation, "I saved me, and life forgave me." He may be on Death Row or wherever, but he still

insists, a little too insistently somehow. Ah yes, the well worn Unreliable Narrator device, but it works here. Notes stretch and trail and hold.

He can't let it go, can't let cruel Oscar go, and vice versa. It's an

Oscar-winning performance. Clear enough, but more subtle/subject to interp than expected, and the dramatic stasis that Hood evidently tends (so often) to go for on Truckers albums works here, the sense of somebody rattling his chains and shivering his freezeframe, as we're kept watching the figure's deep focus/fixation.

Which is overtly the point of the next track, "Pollyanna", and Hood (with

another surprise move, making seemingly unprecedented use of his voice's high end,

by simply chirping) goes from rolling Neil Truckers doom of "Oscar" to Who Sell Out pop scenario over expansive, open-G-sounding Stonesiness, as Pollyanna rolls on(or has rolled on, since all of these songs are aftermath, ho get it Stones/Aftermath), having gathered his mossy heart. "It's a little sticky,she's

a little sticky, I'm a little sticky too, I was just something stuck to her

shoe, now I'll have to find something else to stick to." His characters are

always doing or getting themselves ready or not to do the aftermath, and "Pride of The Yankees" in a third stylistic change, starts as a ballad raising a mug to Lou Gehrig, then without a blink to King Kong falling off the building, to passing mention of 9/11, and wishes he could go hide in the mall, and indeed he sounds like he's swaying along in an echoing mall with a hole (and a nice breeze) in it, talking to his little daughter about carrying, clutching "packages so shiny, and you're so tiny," and it's all the tenderness and fuckedness of and in the world, in him as he's somehow unsurprised(it fits with the fuckedness previously experienced, after all or a while) if in a bit of aftershock, afterglow, afterlife, half-life; the next sudden transition being the next song o course."I Understand Now" is shorts-deep in the midst of domestic battlegrounds, old and moldy and comfortable for the moment anyway, as the narrator gets some kind of 40 watt insight, and really the cumulative thing in just these

first four songs also has me thinking of foo like "9/11 changed everything"

and "All is fair in love and war" and how they're part of the wadding of

changes and transitions, not that all his situations x moments shown don't have their own internal detail and framing distinctions/lifespans, as characters try to get creative in doing the aftermath on the train or frame or sidewalk crack, or playing in bedhead traffic etc It's all about their and their creator's wise use of familiar and strange elements, reshuffling or ripping or lurching or padding or jangling along.(Those last two just listed: "She's a Little Randy" is the stealthy passage of a cougar and the male person studying her, getting her number sympathetically and then some, as Hood makes good use of the high voice again, not chirping this time but like a little tight, mostly dry smoker's voice, with some rheum around the corners, emph by guitar, as he squints over his cig, and maybe drops it to approach her after that last line (steps out of his frame, as can be tricky/lacking in Hood songs) "Foolish Young Bastard" ruefully/hopefully jangles along with a banjo almost hitting him in the nuts, empty canteen percussion def tapping his butt (a bit envied perhaps, by the somewhat exasperated but unsurprised, family-type person watching him go) then "Heavy and Hanging" and "Walking Around Sense" are expressive but stuck inside

a way too familiar Neil Truckers doom (which the title song redeemed and

"Range War"("with you") took to maybe non-doom,[as expressed in playing]more about rich shifting currrents of tenderness/fuckedness and war again) Like "Heavy and Hanging" and "Walking Around Sense" heavy up because he thought he needed something between "Foolish Young Bastard" and the young heart who sings about writing you

a love song in the "Back of a Bible" (not to be eveel, but cos "there were

some blank pages") A shuffle mainly suggesting white boys of 50s til builds

seamlessly to a solo that obliterates the pro forma of the past two tracks, and in

call and response with other instruments. This final passage is brief but

deep, like the best bits of most of the other songs ("Screwtopia" trails the

afterglow through basically obvious faster/softer recurrences, and makes it work;

makes me think of the traces of "Grandaddy" 's innocently plotted future and "Belvedere" 's twisted past, and the other character's traces, notions, smoke) Didn't think he'd carry a whole album without other writers, but he does, given that it's also got a couple of duds like Truckers albums, and most of the Truckers are here, and that certainly helps, and he's seamlessly joining a set of songs from 1994 to much more recent ones (each set or subset benefitting from proximity to the others, for the most part) with accumulated experience as writer, player etc as well as other aspects of life, and that comes across in the adjustments, inclu disruptive moves, within the plot lines and performances of songs (Oh yeah, this album also features really apt and startling use of piano which he says startled him too)

dow, Sunday, 12 May 2024 19:29 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Fun anecdotes from a review of last night's show in Houston (

While introducing “Life in the Factory,” Hood reminisced about the band’s early years playing Houston. Usually “Upstairs at Rudyard’s to very few people.” But he said they got their first positive local press notices in the ‘90s from none other than the Houston Press’s own John Lomax, who died last year. “He was a great writer and he was royalty, but he didn’t act like it. I miss him,” Hood told the audience.

He also recalled how Lomax had taken him to eat “the best tacos he ever had,” but for the life of him could not recall the name of Mexican restaurant. “I’ve been thinking about it all day but can’t remember,” he noted. “It was a taco place across from a pizza place!”

Went to the Fillmore SF show and it was fucking great

They left out the Malone-penned songs, shifted the running order slightly & mixed in a few newer songs here & there which worked fine but i was kinda lukewarm on personally
(my cynical take based on nothing but speculation is Cooley wanted more of his songs includex since SRO is pretty Pat-heavy)

But it fucking ruled.
Reminded me of seeing them back in the early 00’s - minus of course the super-drunk passing the bottle of Jack lol

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 30 June 2024 19:22 (one week ago) link

Think I'd like them to keep those Malone songs, but def bring in some from other albs, like "Never Gonna Change" as finale:it's always sounded like a natural for that, Skynoid as hell.

dow, Wednesday, 3 July 2024 03:13 (one week ago) link

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