It's Great To Be Alive!

It's Great To Be Alive!

Drive-By Truckers are thrilled to announce that our long awaited live album, recorded over three nights at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco, will be released on October 30th, 2015 and you can start pre-ordering today!

We put together a few versions for different wants and wallets. It was an amazing weekend in San Francisco. We hope you’ll love what was captured.


1. “It’s Great To Be Alive!" (Deluxe vinyl + CD)
Bundled up in a specially designed deluxe box this set documents the Drive-By Truckers career-spanning 3-night run at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco.
INCLUDES: 5 LPs + 3 CDs + 4 mini concert posters by Wes Freed + 16-page LP-sized booklet with liner notes by Patterson Hood
Pre-Order "It's Great To Be Alive" (Deluxe vinyl + CD)

2. “It’s Great To Be Alive!" (Deluxe CD-only)
This set documents the Drive-By Truckers career-spanning 3-night run at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco.
INCLUDES: 3 CDs + Liner notes by Patterson Hood
Pre-Order "It's Great To Be Alive" (Deluxe CD only)

3. "This Weekend's The Night: Highlights From It's Great To Be Alive!" (Standard vinyl)
Features a "best of" selection of tracks from the Drive-By Truckers 3-night run at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco.
INCLUDES: 2 LPs + DL code
Pre-Order "This Weekend's The Night" (Standard vinyl)

This Weekend Is The Night


1. Deluxe // 35 tracks - “It’s Great To Be Alive!”

2. Standard // 13 tracks - "This Weekend’s The Night"


Standard version pre-order (“This Weekend’s The Night") via iTunes or the DBT online store comes with grat singles from the album via email on the following dates: 7/28, 9/21, 10/5 & 10/19

Deluxe version pre-order (“It’s Great To Be Alive!") comes with grat singles via email on these dates: 7/28, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, 10/5 & 1019.

Purchase From:

DBT Online Store:
It's Great To Be Alive (Deluxe vinyl + CD)
It's Great To Be Alive (Deluxe CD only)
This Weekend's The Night - Highlights From It's Great To Be Alive! (Standard vinyl)

It's Great To Be Alive (Deluxe)
This Weekend's The Night (Standard)


Lookout Mountain 4:51
Where the Devil Don't Stay 4:52
Sink Hole 5:22
Made Up English Oceans 5:16
The Righteous Path 5:15
Women Without Whiskey 4:31
The Living Bubba 6:24
Primer Coat 4:19
Mercy Buckets 5:26
Marry Me 5:46
Tornadoes 5:23
Sounds Better in the Song 5:10
Used to Be a Cop 6:58
Shit Shots Count 4:06
Runaway Train 5:35
A Ghost to Most 4:57
Goode's Field Road 7:35
Uncle Frank 5:13
Putting People on the Moon 7:17
First Air of Autumn 3:35
Box of Spiders 7:47
When the Pin Hits the Shell 3:57
A World of Hurt 7:42
Get Downtown 3:24
Ronnie and Neil 5:03
Gravity's Gone 3:35
Pauline Hawkins 6:26
Birthday Boy 3:32
Girls Who Smoke 4:30
Three Dimes Down 2:53
Hell No, I Ain't Happy 8:10
Shut Up and Get on the Plane 5:24
Angels and Fuselage 5:15
Zip City 7:53
Grand Canyon 13:08


Lookout Mountain 4:51
Women Without Whiskey 4:31
The Righteous Path 5:15
Birthday Boy 3:32
Runaway Train 5:35
Primer Coat 4:19
Putting People on the Moon 7:17
A Ghost to Most 5:10
Goode's Field Road 7:35
Sounds Better in the Song 5:10
A World of Hurt 7:42
Zip City 7:53
Grand Canyon 13:08

Robert Newton "Newt" Carter


We are heartbroken to report that our dear friend, comrade and family member, Robert Newton "Newt" Carter has passed away.

Newt was a great musician and soundman among many many other talents.
He was also a larger than life presence in our touring company for several years.
Over the next few weeks, I'm sure that everyone will be sharing all kinds of amazing Newt stories and many of them will be true. He cut a wide swath through this life he lived and we are all the better for having known him. In the time I knew I him I learned to always expect the unexpected. He was a hilarious man with the greatest deadpan delivery ever. We shared some big adventures and many laughs.

I'm sure that we will be soon announcing plans for a memorial of some sort and we will do our best to keep everyone posted.

It's all still sinking in. We all knew that Newt had survived cancer. He had basically fought off a death sentence and lived to tell about it for the better part of a decade. I didn't really know him back then, but when he told me about it a couple of years ago, again, it was with that nonchalant delivery that you would use to describe a trip to the store. In retrospect, I guess he hadn't seemed quite right of late and we all worried about him, but he was secretive about his condition till the end. This made today's news all the more shocking, yet also makes perfect sense in keeping with the Newt we all knew and loved.

We will all certainly be raising many a glass to his honor in the upcoming days. He's a left quite a void but I'm sure he'd prefer for us to be laughing at the many joyous and hilarious memories he left us with.

We love you Newt! R.I.P.

The Drive-By Truckers Family

The Dirt Underneath (Returns)


The Dirt Underneath

Back in 2007, Drive-By Truckers did a series of shows that we called The Dirt Underneath. It was conceived as an acoustic tour, but over time it sort of morphed into more of a halfway acoustic tour. We sat down (most shows) and definitely re-arranged and reinvented songs, pulled out songs that usually don't get played much in our regular show, had more banter and story-telling and a generally different vibe and approach from the DBT Rock Shows that we are known for.

It also gave us a chance to work on new material. At that point we were preparing to go in and record the album Brighter Than Creation's Dark and The Dirt Underneath gave us a chance to workshop and showcase many of those songs as a 'work in progress' in front of a friendly crowd.

The tour was a great success and a lot of fun and we have always talked of doing it again, but it's just never been the right time or situation. Until now.

We are going out in April with the same approach. It will be a fun change of pace for us and hopefully a fun and different thing for Y'all. We hope to pull out some different songs and toy with some old favorites in a different way and as I said, hopefully work up some new ones along the way. I know that BTCD greatly benefitted from that tour and as we're in the early stages of writing and thinking of what comes next, this seemed like a great time time to pull out some chairs and maybe a lamp or two and invite Y'all to a traveling living room for a couple of weeks.

Who knows what will come of it?

As always, thank you for your long time support and see you at the dig site.


Patterson Hood Screens 'Network'

The Modern School of Film and the Carolina Theatre of Durham in Association with Guitartown Present Film: Acoustic with Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers. Patterson will be screening the 1976 film 'Network' at the Carolina Theatre on Monday, April 13th at 7 pm. Tickets go on sale March 12 at 10 am. More details, including ticket info here. Please stay tuned to Guitartown on Yahoo Groups, Facebook and Twitter for the latest on this and other Guitartown Presents events. If you're unfamiliar with Guitartown, you can learn more about us in this article from Candid Slice that ran last year on the occasion of our 15th anniversary. You'll recognize at least one familiar face (maybe more) in the top photo accompanying the article.


Guess 2014 is in the homestretch now and it's been a good one overall in DBT World. Thanks again to all who have come out to shows, bought our records and otherwise supported our band this year. We've had a pretty amazing time and we're gearing up to end it with quite the bang.

Next week we are traveling to San Francisco to play a three night stand at The Fillmore. One of the world's most amazing venues in one of the world's most beautiful cities. We are beyond psyched to end our year of touring there. All three nights will be opened by the unbelievably great Sturgill Simpson. His album is one of the best of the year and we're beyond honored to have him sharing our bill that weekend. Tickets are moving fast and it's gonna sell out so don't get left behind.

We are planning quite the blowout for these last shows of the year. David Barbe is flying out with his super-talented son Henry to record the proceedings for that long awaited DBT Live Album we've been wanting to do for 14 years now. We've been prepping and planning for months and the time is at hand.

After next weekend, the Rock Show will be a little bit more scarce for a while as we're planning on doing some different things for a while next year. DON'T MISS!!!

Pre-orders are up now for the English Oceans - Deluxe Edition which features the acclaimed most recent album plus the DVD of Black Ice Verite', our live performance of the album back in February when it snowed and the whole state shut down, except for us, because we're crazy. It also includes a bonus disc with 3 acoustic performances from the Bonnaroo Hay Bale Session and 5 tracks recorded at The Fabulous 40 Watt Club last Valentines Day Weekend.

For vinyl aficionados, we have Black Ice Verite' including the vinyl version of the Live 8 song collection and the DVD of the Live Performance.

If you order these through the DBT Store by Nov. 17, you will automatically be entered to win one of two autographed test pressings of Black Ice Verite' Live 8 song collection.

Most of you have probably heard about the massive Nuçi's Space fund drive going on revolving around the Reconstruction of the Steeple. It's a an Indiegogo fund drive that will renovate the beloved (and endangered) R.E.M. Steeple and provide funds for Nuçi's Space and their many life changing and life saving services. READ MORE HERE!

Killers and Stars was my first solo album. I recorded it in early 2001 and it was released on CD back in the summer of 2004 but until now has never been available on vinyl. That has finally changed as New West Records released it on vinyl with new liner notes on Nov. 4. It's a rather lo-fi recording but the vinyl version really does sound so much warmer and better and I'm really proud to finally have it out. Ill be selling it at my upcoming solo shows.

In December, Cooley and I will both be hitting the road playing some solo dates. Neither of us have played many solo shows this year and it will be a pleasure to go out and play some intimate shows, play some songs and tell some stories. We hope we see you there.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and See You at The Rock Show!
Patterson Hood
Drive-By Truckers


It was great being back out last weekend. Three really fun shows.
LOCKN' was one of our favorite festival shows of the year.

We are thrilled to announce the English Oceans Deluxe Edition CD and Black Ice Vérité DVD and LP coming on Tuesday November 18, 2014.

Some of you might remember, we recorded a live performance of our latest album last February at The Fabulous 40 Watt Club. All hell broke loose, weather wise, but The Show Went On and our friend Jason Thrasher caught it all on film. The end result is a film we're really all proud of, running through the new songs in front of a small crowd at one of our favorite rooms on Earth.

Watch the DVD Trailer       Pre-Order Here

The Black Ice Vérité LP (and bonus CD on the Deluxe Edition) is a collection of 8 songs recorded live, three acoustic performances from The Hay Bale Session we recorded the morning of our Bonnaroo performance, and 5 tracks from this year's HeAthens Homecoming Weekend in Athens GA. A few old songs, a few new songs and a few very different versions. Available on Glorious White Vinyl (with DVD of Black Ice Vérité included).

The English Oceans Deluxe Edition CD/DVD includes the album, our most acclaimed work in years, along with the DVD of Black Ice Vérité and a CD of the Black Ice Vérité Bonus Tracks.

Tickets are on sale for our DBT - English Oceans Fall Tour 2014.
We're playing some amazing rooms with some fantastic bands and hope to see you there.

Thanks to everyone, for making this one of the best years in our history.
The best is yet to come!

See You at The Rock Show!
Patterson Hood
Drive-By Truckers