The Company We Keep
As most of you know, DBT has the greatest fan base in the world. The fine folks at Three Dimes Down inspire us to work extra hard at being worthy of such fine folks spending their hard earned money and time. Their contributions to our beloved Nuci’s Space has helped countless people in our incredible Athens community and we’re all beyond moved.
Now they have put together this wonderful, and somewhat over the top book as a love letter to our music and the family that has formed around it as well as the venue, town and people who have made HeAthen’s Homecoming what it is.
I spent an hour looking through it (it will take far longer to actually take it all in) while staying with Dr. Contovasilis and family and I was moved to literal tears. I don’t know if anything like this has ever existed in any other band’s community but I was blown away by the enormous amount of work and love that obviously went into its creation. It has made me want to strive even harder to be worthy.
The HeAthen’s Homecoming has grown to four nights this year and is looking to completely sell out. We feel beyond blessed.
Happy Holidays and see you at The Rock and Roll Show.
Patterson and the DBT Family
November DBT tour + December Solo dates + Homecoming 2019 announcement!
I have this weird trait where I can remember strange random things vividly.
Minute details of forgettable things, set list quirks from specific dates of random shows.
I saw Springsteen for the first time on 2/13/81.
First time I ever heard Pink Floyd's "Money" was sitting in back of Ann Coldiron’s Oldsmobile around the time of my 9th birthday on my way out to McGee Town Alabama.
I set foot in The 40 Watt Club for the first time on Feb. 13th 1994.
It was the first time I had ever been to Athens and I saw Counting Crows opening for Cracker that night.
(Show was SOLD OUT and I didn’t have a ticket, but they ended up letting us in anyway. Don’t try that shit now though).
The 25th Anniversary of that date corresponds with what is (probably) the 19th Annual HeAthen’s Homecoming.
We’re going to celebrate that (and so much more) by having a special show on Wed. Feb. 13th 2019 - Adam’s House Cat headlining with the incomparable Jay Gonzalez opening.
It’ll be an early show with Jay playing at 9pm and AHC on by 10:30 so people can plan their late night festivities accordingly.
The AHC shows last month went fantastic and we just had to do it all once again.
(If you haven’t already done so, make sure you grab the yellow vinyl of “Town Burned Down”. It Kicks Ass!)
We’re thrilled to announce the lineup for this year’s HeAthen’s Homecoming at The Fabulous 40 Watt Club:
Thursday Feb. 14 - we’ll kick off our Valentine’s Celebration with Don Chambers opening . His new album is Fantastic! Don’t Miss.
Friday Feb. 15 - DBT will be joined by our dear friends from Portland Oregon: Eyelids. They opened for us last time we toured Europe and have a great new album.
Saturday Feb. 16 - we’ll have The Camp Amped Band kicking things off, followed by a special set by Linqua Franqa. She is totally Badass and we’re super excited to have her do her thing. (By day she is known around town as Athens / Clark County City Commissioner Mariah Parker and she’s a badass there also.)
Last year’s HH is a tough act to follow, but I think we’re up to the job and hope you’ll be there to help us make it all happen.
In addition to Homecoming we are thrilled to be about to hit the road one last time this year, kicking it off with 3 nights in Birmingham AL at Saturn! The first show is November 6th, (Election Night!!!) and in celebration we have teamed up with #iVoted and the first 50 folks to show up with a photo of themselves outside of their polling place will receive free entry to the show! After that we head to Nashville where both Lilly Hiatt and T. Hardy Morris join us for shows and continue on with T. Hardy Morris through Arkansas, Oklahoma and finish up in Texas with one show in Dallas and two nights at Scoot Inn in Austin! We can’t wait!
Now more than ever, Fight The Power and See You at The Rock and Roll Show.
Patterson Hood (DBT)
Nov 6 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Nov 7 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Nov 8 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Nov 9 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom *
Nov 10 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom ^
Nov 13 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room ^
Nov 14 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom ^
Nov 15 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater ^
Nov 16 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn ^
Nov 17 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn ^
* w/ Lilly Hiatt
^ w/ T. Hardy Morris
GET YOUR HOMECOMING TICKETS!
Wednesday February 13 - 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA
Adam's House Cat with special guest Jay Gonzalez (no DBT)
ON SALE NOV 2 - Click Here
Thursday February 14 - 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA
Drive-By Truckers with special guest Don Chambers
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Friday February 15 - 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA
Drive-By Truckers with special guest Eyelids
Saturday February 16 - 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA
Drive-By Truckers with special guests Camp Amped Band and Linqua Franqa
VERY LIMITED BUNDLE - TICKETS FOR ALL FOUR NIGHTS
LOST RECORDINGS UNEARTHED! ADAM'S HOUSE CAT RECORD TO BE RELEASED
Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers formed Adam’s House Cat in the Muscles Shoals area of Alabama in 1985. Their songs and friendship became the foundation on which DBT was built. Their one and only “lost” album from 1990 was remixed by David Barbe, mastered by Greg Calbi and is now available for the first time xwith archival photos and extensive liner notes from Patterson Hood. FIND OUT MORE!
Jittery Joe’s Coffee and Drive-By Truckers Introduce Cups of Dawn
"Drive-By Truckers is thrilled to be doing a new coffee with Jittery Joes," says Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers co-founder and singer-guitarist. "Trucker Speed was such a success a few years ago that they've conspired with us to create Cups of Dawn, a delightful city's medium roasted blend perfect to launch you into a brighter day. Cans designed by long time DBT artist Wes Freed and a portion of the money to Nuci's Space. There's no resisting that."
"We are so excited to be partnering once again with the Drive-By Truckers," says Michael Ripps, President of Jittery Joe's Coffee. "They continue to build on an enduring legacy, one that is a cornerstone of the rich history of music in Athens."
Cups of Dawn is a custom blend of Guatemala Finca Ixlama, Guatemala Adisque, Brazil Machado, and Mexico Chiapas. The final product is a smooth cup of coffee that has a subtle, sweet chocolate body and a smoky, nut finish. Cups of Dawn hydrates the palate making it a refreshing, morning coffee.
"When you think of Drive By Truckers, you think 'Now that is Rock n Roll!' When you drink their new coffee, you'll think 'Now that is a cup of coffee!'" says Charlie Mustard, Jittery Joe’s Roaster. "Whether you are chasing distant stars out of the dark or into the light, it will keep you on your path."
Cups of Dawn comes in a limited edition keepsake can featuring a custom illustration by Wes Freed. For years, Freed’s illustrations have become the visual equal to the Drive-By Trucker’s music having appeared on countless posters, t-shirts, stickers, and every album cover since the critically acclaimed Southern Rock Opera.
For more information about Jittery Joe’s Coffee, please visit Jittery Joe’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jitteryjoes or follow Jittery Joe’s on Twitter at @JitteryJoes or on Instagram at JitteryJoesCoffee.
About Jittery Joe’s Coffee
Founded in Athens, Georgia in 1994, Jittery Joe’s Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster that selects and roasts only the highest quality arabica beans from around the globe. Jittery Joe’s Coffees are available at 20 Jittery Joe’s cafes in the Southeast, specialty grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and through their online store.
For more information, visit the Jittery Joe’s web site at www.jitteryjoes.com.
New Song, The Perilous Night (order now) and new tour dates
No rest for the wicked as they say.
Just released our new song and video for "The Perilous Night". I wrote it this summer in the wake of the horrific events in Virginia and the White House's shameful response. I talk all about that and more in an interview with Stereogum that also came out today.
Jay Gonzalez is hitting the road this month with his band and our friends Eyelids for an east coast tour.
Cooley and I both have some solo dates after Thanksgiving. (Filters optional but recommended).
Tour dates for all can be found on our SHOWS page.
Our new song will be released in December on our favorite medium, a 7" 45 with The Perilous Night on one side and our live version of What It Means (recorded this past summer at the Newport Folk Festival) on the other, we're very proud of it. Preorder it here, one lucky person who preorders through our website will also get a test pressing of the 7” with their order. Portions of the proceeds from the sale of the 7” will go to benefit Southern Poverty Law Center.
A bunch of dates in January/February as well as our annual Heathens Homecoming at the 40 Watt in Athens GA have also recently been announced. We are really excited about this run and will be rested and revitalized and ready to Rock and Roll. Especially excited to play a bunch of dates with the fabulous Lilly Hiatt and her kickass band. If you haven't already gotten her record, get on it. It's definitely on my Top 5 for 2017 and some of the best songwriting I've heard in several years. Tickets for all dates are available on our website.
Today is Election Day in many places. Make yourself heard. Resistance starts locally. It's not just political, it's personal.
Here's to a safe Veterans Day.
See you at The Rock Show!
Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)
WHAT IT MEANS - LIVE
Today, the Drive-By Truckers have released a new digital single for "What It Means" recorded live at this summers Newport Folk Festival. It was the highlight of a powerful, energized set - and a crowning moment in the past year of the bands life, touring behind the politically charged (and critically acclaimed) American Band in Trump’s America. Patterson Hood tells Rolling Stone: "When we recorded [the album] they hadn't even had the first primary yet. We were writing about this dark time that I honestly thought was going to get better." It’s a fantastic piece, well worth reading: http://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/drive-by-truckers-what-it-means-hear-live-performance-w506168
NEW VINYL SINGLE - The track will also appear on a new double-A side 7" single which ATO will release later this year. PRE-OREDER HERE! It will be backed with a new track entitled "The Perilous Night" which Patterson wrote in the wake of Charlottesville and which the band recorded last week in Athens, GA. They’ll be performing that song (and many others!) on tour this fall:
9/29 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
9/30 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10/3 - Lexington, KY - Manchester Music Hall
10/4 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10/5 - Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall
10/6 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
10/7 - Arrington, VA - The Festy Experience at Infinity Downs Farm
10/8 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage at The Clay Center
10/13 – Denver, CO – Whisky X at Colorado Air & Space Museum
See you at the Rock Show!!
DBT TALKS 'AMERICAN BAND' WITH CRAIG FINN OF THE HOLD STEADY
DBT are releasing a revealing, never-before-seen interview filmed at NYC’s famous Electric Lady studios with longtime friend Craig Finn of the Hold Steady that discusses the making of American Band and the twenty-year history of Drive-By Truckers. Watch all three parts below!
Drive-By Truckers will also be the musical guest on Conan on January 16th, performing "Ramon Casiano", a song that has been called "a muscular piece of Muscle Shoals punk" by NPR Music.
"With songs about gun violence and race relations, the Southern rockers release their most politically-charged record yet," said Rolling Stone. "American Band comes from the very distinct perspective of a group that remains burdened by, and reckoning with, its own bloody Southern history."
The album was also mentioned on the 2016 year-end lists of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Paste and Entertainment Weekly and was named The Bitter Southerner’s #1 album of the year.
TINY DESK CONCERT
Had the honor of performing a Tiny Desk Concert recently. Thanks to All Songs Considered and NPR Music for having us. You can watch the video here.
It's with great pleasure that we announce next year's annual DBT HeAthen's Homecoming at the fabulous 40 Watt Club in beautiful downtown Athens GA. Dates this year are February 16-18, 2017.
Tickets go on sale starting tomorrow Oct 18th via our fan ticketing and Friday Oct 21st via the venue. As usual proceeds from these shows go to benefit Nuci’s Space. Please know that hotels around this time are booking fast in Athens so if you plan on coming please plan accordingly. While a few hotels are already sold out due to events at UGA there is still a lot of other hotel options as well as many great AirBnb options. In addition, we also have a limited block of hotel rooms held for fans at the Hotel Indigo at a special rate of $149/night. You can boom by either 1) calling the hotel reservations directly and referencing " Drive-By Truckers Fan Block " or the group block code: "DBT". 1-866-808-1483 OR 2) go to Drive By Truckers Fan Block - click "book now" and enter your dates: 2/16/17-2/19/17. We expect these rooms to go fast so don’t wait too long!
See you HeAthens at The Rock Show!
Patterson and the DBT's
FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE
THE HIGHWAY KIND: Patterson has written a short story that is included in the collection, released October 18. Grab one from your local independant bookstore or buy it from Avid, our beloved local store in Athens, GA.
A BEAUTIFUL HERE: Linda Phillips lived through the unspeakable grief of losing her 22 year old son Nuçi to suicide and became the founder of Nuçi's Space, a non-profit artist resource center dedicated to helping musicians cope with brain illnesses and suicide prevention. She has written this wonderful book about her experience. I was honored to write the forward and highly recommend it to everyone. It is beautifully written and truly inspirational.
- Patterson Hood (Writer, performer and Drive-By Truckers co-founder)
RAMON CASIANO - NEW VIDEO
Today we are unveiling yet another video from the exclusive live video series that we filmed earlier this summer at New York City's legendary Electric Lady Studios, for the song Ramon Casiano. Additional tracks from the Electric Lady session will premiere in the coming weeks - please check back here for regular updates.
CBS This Morning: Saturday
Drive-By Truckers visited CBS This Morning: Saturday to perform three songs and sit for an interview with CBS News Senior Correspondent Anthony Mason.
NPR's First Listen Live
October found the band in Patterson’s new hometown of Portland OR for two incredible shows at the Wonder Ballroom. While we were in Portland we stopped by the Oregon Public Broadcasting studios to perform AMERICAN BAND in its entirety live as part of NPR's First Listen Live series. The performance has been archived at NPR Music and opbmusic.org.
DBT at Electric Lady Studios
We had a day off in NYC this summer, so we went into Electric Lady Studios to lay down a few different takes of the new songs. Here's the first in a series we'll be rolling out!
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS UNVEIL AMERICAN BAND
ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM PREMIERES TODAY EXCLUSIVELY VIA NPR MUSIC: FIRST LISTEN
UPCOMING MEDIA APPEARANCES INCLUDE CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY ON OCTOBER 1ST
LIVE PERFORMANCE OF AMERICAN BAND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO BE BROADCAST FROM OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING STUDIOS ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5TH AS PART OF NPR’S FIRST LISTEN LIVE SERIES
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ROLLS ON THROUGH MID-NOVEMBER
AMERICAN BAND ARRIVES EVERYWHERE NEXT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
(New York, NY) Drive-By Truckers have teamed with NPR Music to present the First Listen premiere of their extraordinary new album, AMERICAN BAND. The eagerly anticipated collection is streaming now in its entirety, exclusively via NPR Music: First Listen. AMERICAN BAND arrives in stores and online retailers everywhere next Friday, September 30th.
Drive-By Truckers will make a number of high profile media appearances in support of the album’s release, including an October 1st visit to CBS This Morning: Saturday set to feature a three-song performance and interview with CBS News Senior Correspondent Anthony Mason. The band will then travel to Portland, OR for an exclusive performance of AMERICAN BAND in its entirely, to be broadcast live from the Oregon Public Broadcasting studios via NPR Music and opbmusic.org as part of NPR’s First Listen Live series on Wednesday, October 5th at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT.
AMERICAN BAND has already begun accruing early praise, including a 9-out- of-10 rated rave from The Line of Best Fit headlined "Drive-By Truckers’ Eleventh LP Is The Righteous, Resigned Album America Needs In 2016." "It's a small gift," wrote NPR Music’s Ann Powers, "within these challenging days, that one of the nation's best bands has made what very well might be its greatest album."
"Filthy and Fried," the most recent track release from AMERICAN BAND, is accompanied by a lyric video featuring animated art by the band’s longtime collaborator Wes Freed also featured in the gatefold of the new album’s red vinyl edition (available for pre-order now at the official Drive-By Truckers Store). "Filthy and Fried" is streaming now at Drive-By Truckers’ official YouTube channel.
Hailed by Stereogum as "perhaps the greatest extant American rock and roll band," Drive-By Truckers will celebrate AMERICAN BAND with an epic headline tour continuing into late- November (see itinerary below). Support on all dates through October 15th comes from Lydia Loveless. Tour highlights include two-night stands at Portland, OR’s Wonder Ballroom (September 30th and October 1st ), San Francisco, CA’s The Fillmore (October 6th and 7th ), and Los Angeles, CA’s Teragram Ballroom (October 11th and 12th ). Additional dates will be announced soon – for updates and ticket information, please visit the official Drive-By Truckers tour page.
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR "FILTHY AND FRIED"
Drive-By Truckers have released a lyric video for their new song, "Filthy & Fried," the third offering from the group's soon-to-be released masterwork American Band. Long-time collaborator Wes Freed created the art for the video; lyrics appear over an animated version of the painting seen in the gatefold of the vinyl version of the new album.
"We had finished recording American Band and were about to mix it when Cooley wrote 'Filthy and Fried,' and we all fell in love with the song and felt like it should be included in the album," says Patterson Hood. "That weekend, DBT was about to do our annual HeAthens Homecoming shows at the 40 Watt Club in Athens GA. We had planned on recording the shows and David Barbe had his mobile recording rig set up so we cut the song live on stage during soundcheck. Two days later we began mixing the album."
On the song's meaning, Hood explains, "We are undergoing a huge dynamic shift in male/female relationships and all of the accompanying push back. His song touches on that among many other things."
"You've come a long way baby," says Mike Cooley.
What It Means
We are proud to launch a second track off of our forthcoming album American Band.
"What It Means" is a song I wrote a couple of years ago protesting the Ferguson decision and the Trayvon Martin killing. Unfortunately, the song is still timely today. I hope and pray that one day it won't be.
We are also thrilled to announce the 2nd leg of the Darkened Flags Tour with dates in the southeast around election time. The opener will be our friend Kyle Craft. He is totally badass and you're gonna love what he does. We sure do.SEE TOUR DATES
American Band is coming out on September 30 from ATO Records.
See you at The Rock Show.
We are beyond thrilled to announce the release date of our new album American Band.
We are launching a PRE ORDER and our friends at NPR are posting a first taste so you can get a little sample of what we've been up to.
"Surrender Under Protest" is a Mike Cooley composition that is unlike any DBT song we've ever recorded, yet somehow sounds unmistakably like us. In a way, that's pretty indicative of the album as a whole.
These are crazy times and we have made a record steeped in this moment of history that we're all trying to live through. We've always considered ourselves a political band, even when that aspect seemed to be concealed by some type of narrative device i.e. dealing with issues of race by telling a story set in the time of George Wallace or class struggles by setting "Putting People of the Moon" in the age of Reagan.
This time out, there are no such diversions as these songs are mostly set front and center in the current political arena with songs dealing with our racial and cultural divisions, gun violence, mass shootings and political assholery. Once again, there is a nearly even split between the songs of Cooley and myself, with both of us bringing in songs that seem to almost imply a conversation between us about our current place in time.
American Band is a sort of rock and roll call to arms as well as a musical reset button for our band and the country we live in. Most of all, we look at it as the beginnings of some conversations that we, as a people very much need to begin having if we ever hope to break through the divisions that are threatening to tear us apart.
Drive-By Truckers are celebrating our twentieth anniversary as a band in an election year where some people are trying to define what it is to be American. Definitions based on some outdated ideology of prejudice and fear. We are loudly proclaiming that those people don't speak for us. America is and always has been a land of immigrants and ideals. Ideals that we have often fallen short of achieving, but it's the striving that has given us whatever claims to greatness we have had. That's what America means to us and "We're an American Band'.
American Band - the eleventh studio album by Drive-By Truckers
Coming September 30th, 2016 from ATO Records.
And don't miss the Darkened Flags 2016 Tour, beginning in August.
See you at The Rock Show,
American Band LP + 7"
Standard Weight Red LP limited to 5000 copies
+ one sided 7" (black vinyl).
Includes download card of full album.
** First 2,500 pre-orders will receive red vinyl. Red vinyl will be available ONLY through the Drive-By Truckers webstore and US indie shops **
Don't miss special add-on items that you can get only with the pre-order, including a t-shirt and tote bag!
Trucker Speed Coffee
Jittery Joe's Coffee Roasting Company is partnering with Athens, Georgia band Drive-By Truckers to release a special blend of coffee, Trucker Speed.
Get Trucker Speed Coffee
"Drive-By Truckers are thrilled to be collaborating with Jittery Joes," says Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers co-founder and singer-guitarist. "We've been fueled by their delicious coffee for 20 years now and are excited to unleash Trucker Speed to the rest of the DBT nation."
"Athens has such an amazing and rich history of music", says Michael Ripps, President of Jittery Joe's Coffee. "We are so excited to be partnering with the Drive-By Truckers, whose enduring legacy is part of this great city."
Trucker Speed is a blend of coffee originating from Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua. All of the beans are wet processed and roasted at different levels varying from a smooth medium to a deep, rich Full City. The final product is a well-balanced and sweet coffee with a smoky, nut finish.
"Like the blue plate specials at roadside diners lining our country's highways, this blend is meant to be instantly familiar and comforting," says Christian Hampton, Jittery Joe's Roaster. "There's just enough brightness to perk you up when you need it but it's smooth enough to drink all day."
Trucker Speed comes in a limited edition keepsake can featuring a custom illustration by Wes Freed. For years, Freed's illustrations have become the visual equal to the Drive-By Trucker's music having appeared on countless posters, t-shirts, stickers, and every album cover since the critically acclaimed Southern Rock Opera.
For more information about Jittery Joe's Coffee, please visit Jittery Joe's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jitteryjoes or follow Jittery Joe's on Twitter at @JitteryJoes or on Instagram at JitteryJoesCoffee.
About Jittery Joe's Coffee
Founded in Athens, Georgia in 1994, Jittery Joe's Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster that selects and roasts only the highest quality arabica beans from more than 16 countries. Jittery Joe's Coffees are available at 17 Jittery Joe's cafes in the Southeast, specialty grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and through their online store.
For more information, visit the Jittery Joe's web site at www.jitteryjoes.com.
Patterson Hood - Year End - 2015
This was an outstanding year for music, arts, literature and film.
Almost any film in my Honorable Mention list would normally be a Top 5-10 album in almost any other year in recent memory and at least 5-6 of the top ten could easily win Album of the Year in most years.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Kendrick has only made 3 albums and 2 of them have been album of the year for me.
If "Good Kid Maad City" was a cinematic vision of street redemption, "TPAB" is an epic exploration of race and status and trying to keep it all together when everything gets a little too crazy. Sometimes even good things can kill you. Wildly ambitious and potentially trainwreck embarrassing, KL keeps it together and created a true bonafied masterpiece. One that wildly rewards repeated listens and closer inspection. It's my favorite record so far this decade and one that I can place alongside London Calling and White Album and other decade toppers.
The best writing of any album in years and truly worthy of examining in the same way we study great books like this year's "Between The World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
BEST ALBUMS 2015 (in alphabetical order by artist):
2015 presented such a wealth of incredible music that any one in my top 20 would normally be a top 5 record. It's overall the finest year for records since 1984 and 1980 (2 of the best years of my lifetime).
Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color
The Athens Alabama quartet somehow skipped making their sophomore record and followed up the gold debut with a very mature 3rd or 4th release that saw them growing by leaps and bounds and leaving behind any traces of ever being called retro again. On standout track "Gemini", Brittany and Co. sound like they could be Sly Stone's Godchildren.
Courtney Barnett - sometimes i sit and think and sometimes i just sit
A stunningly clever and fun record from everyone's sweetheart crush of 2015. Bummed I never got to see her live, but I'm sure she'll be around for a while so here's hoping next year.
Beach House - Depression Cherry
A band I'd heard about a lot about but never really listened to until I stumbled on this playing at my favorite record store. They followed it up with another one two months later that's nearly as good.
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
My favorite southern band and would be my record of the year in almost any other year. Deerhunter is one of my favorite bands period. I love all of their albums and this one is one of their best yet.
D'Angelo - Black Messiah
(actually a 2014 release, but it came out at last minute and spent most of the year on my turntable). One of the absolute best live shows I have ever seen and an album that keeps on getting better with every repeat listen.
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Another one that might be a record of the year most years (his last one was my favorite of 2012). Stunning songwriting and the best sense of humor in the biz.
Will Johnson - Swan City Vampires
Centro-matic was my favorite band and I mourned their demise like losing a close friend. That said, Will's new solo record may be his finest record since their 2003 masterpiece "Love You Just The Same". A gorgeous reflective and primal journey through Will's turbulent last couple of years that saw the loss of his beloved mother and band.
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
Another amazingly beautiful record, his autobiographical horror story about his childhood and very troubled mother brings me to tears every time I listen to it. The year's best late night hang.
Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Going Down (extended version)
Another one that could and should be Album of the Year most years (his "Smoke Rings" album was my 2011 pick). This is my favorite album yet from KV. One of the rare times when the extended version is even better than the regular one.
Wilco - Star Wars
My favorite studio album yet by one of the greatest bands of our time. Off the cuff and loose and wildly inventive and fun. Great cover also.
WAY BEYOND HONORABLE MENTION:
Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
Released only a couple of months after Depression Cherry, this one is nearly as good and I probably play it more often.
Brent Best - Your Dog Champ
The Slobberbone frontman (and one of the all time great Rockers I've ever known) finally unleashed his long awaited solo record and it's a stellar collection of songs as well as one of my favorite things he's ever done.
Craig Finn - Faith in the Future
Craig's 2nd solo record finds him in fantastic form with a record that easily holds its own with anything he's ever done. "Christine" is easily one of my very favorite songs of the year.
Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Wonderful World
Another excellent record by the long running Portland OR band. This one featuring wonderful guest vocals by the always stunning Kelly Hogan.
Donnie Fritts - Oh My Goodness
Funky Donnie Fritts strips it down and makes the record I always wanted to hear from him. Perfectly understated production by John Paul White and Ben Tanner. "Errol Flynn" may be an all time favorite song now.
Fernando - Leave The Radio On
One of Portland's best kept secrets, its high time for the rest of the world to know how great Fernando is.
Hardy and the Hardknocks - Drownin' on the Mountaintop
Athens GA's Hardy Morris follows up his stunning solo debut by bringing out the band and turning it up. All with excellent results.
Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
My old compadre follows up his masterpiece "Southeastern" with this slightly less personal but nonetheless excellent record. The peaks are as good as anything you'll hear in any year.
Jay Gonzalez - Bittersuite
Jay is one of my closest friends but also one of the greatest talents I've ever met and this 13 minute song cycle is truly a marvel. AM pop never sounded better but as it progresses it takes on a depth that cuts very deep. It takes leaving you wanting more to an extreme, but don't flip it over.
Joey Kneiser - The Wildness
Excellent group of songs from the Glossary frontman. He just keeps getting better. These songs get better with each listen.
Mamie Davis - Holding The Big Chicken Now
Mamie is a senior in an Athens GA High School and a veteran of Nuci's Space's beloved Camp Amp program who you're gonna hear a lot more from. Fantastic songs and a voice as big as Georgia. She was just accepted into Belmont College and only beginning. Check this record out.
Sleater Kinney - No Cities to Love
SK is back and as great as ever with this sonic blast of big bad rock. It definitely left me wanting more and hopefully there's more to come.
Best Single of 2015 : "The Blacker the Berry (The Sweeter the Fruit)" - Kendrick Lamar
STUNNING SONGS:Pedestrian at Best - Courtney Barnett
Depreston - Courtney Barnett
Aunt Ramona - Brent Best
Christine - Craig Finn
The Charade - D'Angelo (D'Angelo and The Vanguard)
Make You Better - The Decemberists
Snakeskin - Bradford Cox (Deerhunter)
Errol Flynn - Donnie Fritts
Bored in the USA - Father John Misty
I Went To The Store One Day - Father John Misty
Copper Canteen - James McMurtry
South Dakota - James McMurtry
Children of Children - Jason Isbell
Speed Trap Town - Jason Isbell
24 Frames - Jason Isbell
&$%@#! - Jay Gonzalez
Shenorock Lane - Jay Gonzalez
Heaven Only Wants Us Once We're Dead - Joey Kneiser
King Kunta - Kendrick Lamar
The Blacker The Berry - Kendrick Lamar
Hood Politics - Kendrick Lamar
How Much A Dollar Costs - Kendrick Lamar
That's Life (I Almost Hate To Say It) - Kurt Vile
Pretty Pimpin - Kurt Vile
Fourth of July - Sufjan Stevens
Should Have Known Better - Sufjan Stevens
Blue Bucket of Blood - Sufjan Stevens
The Watchman - Will Johnson
Over My Head - Alabama Shakes
Gemini - Alabama Shakes
Best Book I've Read 2015 - Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Small Backs of Children by Lydia Yuknavitch
Petty by Warren Zanes
I'm going to give extra shout out to this book, as beyond being an exceptional rock star bio, it captures the inter-band dynamic and the band/family dynamic better than any book I've ever read on the subject. The fact that Warren is both a fan and a peer also gives it an extra perspective dimension. Plus its an exceptionally great read. I couldn't put it down.
Unfaithful Music (and Disappearing Ink) by Elvis Costello
M Train by Patti Smith
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders and Lane Smith
Saunders has become one of my favorite authors and this is an illustrated children's book that I love as much as my kids. It continues his delving into class struggles, but in a form that younger readers can grasp.
Best Live Show - D'Angelo and the Vanguard - Crystal Ballroom, PDXRunners Up:
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Schnitzer Theatre, PDX
The Decemberists - Edgefield, PDX
Elvis Costello and the Imposters - Schnitzer Theatre, PDX
Alabama Shakes - Red Rocks, Morrison, CO
Will Johnson - McCormick Mansion, PDX
Wonderful Films:Brooklyn - John Crowley
The Hateful Eight - Quinton Tarrantino's 8th film (in 70mm)
Joy (new film by David O Russell)
Can't Wait:New PJ Harvey album (in March)
The Revenant - new film by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Carol - new film by Todd Haynes
Hamilton - Broadway hip hop musical inspired by biography of Alexander Hamilton
Wonderful Reissues:Son Volt - Trace
Bruce Springsteen - The Ties That Bind (The River)
Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series Vol 5
Missing in Action - Frank Ocean
This year I moved to Portland Oregon with my family after 21 years in Athens Georgia (and 30 years before that in Alabama). It was bittersweet moving so far away from so many loved ones, but it also felt right for myself and my family for reasons I can't quite put into tangible terms other than to say it felt like a calling and a gut instinct thing and following such things has always been my way of living my life and I couldn't find any reason to not continue doing so at this juncture. It was hard, scary and at times emotionally brutal, but also extremely rewarding, especially artistically. I have written more this year than in well over a decade. Not just songs, although I essentially wrote two albums worth of those so far, but also a short story, an essay, an op-ed, and several other pieces that are still in some weird limbo of revelation.
I have been overwhelmed by kindnesses shown to me on both sides of the country and quite a few in between. Athens extended months of tearful farewells. They probably wanted to take some of them back when we returned for a visit two months later and will even more so when we return again in a few weeks for HeAthens Homecoming. Our band is still based there and will always be. I'm sure some are saying "How can we miss you if you keep coming back?"
Portland put out an extra large welcome mat and has extended hospitality and love in overwhelming dosages, making a bunch of rednecks feel so at home in this beautiful town with it's cool theatres and gorgeous views. I have found the locals to be kind, very friendly and quite rugged. Rain will not deter them and they don't carry umbrellas. We drove up to Mt. Hood on Xmas day and when the rain turned to ice we had our first experience with snow chains and some complete strangers took pity on us and helped us put ours on or I would still be crouched out there trying to figure out what the hell to do with them. They could have easily laughed (and hopefully did anyway) but they swarmed our car and had us on our merry way. (Actually, my wife would have eventually figured it out, but that's another sad tale).
Since we've been here we've seen the hottest summer on record (it was over 100 degrees the first 12 days we were here and folks here don't tend to have air conditioning), the wettest month in recorded history (this month in fact, which broke the all time record in the first 22 days) and The New Yorker welcomed us to Oregon with their much-read terrifying article about the impending 'Big One" that they say will kill us all.
And then, finally, there's Elliott Smith.
Sad confession, I kinda missed him when he was around. I spent the 90's in a very different head space and missed most of the cultural and musical icons of that era (with a few notable exceptions). I was trying to put together my band and fully immersing myself in old country, old soul, new hip hop, bands I met on the road and everything Athens GA. I bought a lot of music during that era, but very little of it was new or in any way contemporary (other than hip hop). I think I heard Elliott Smith sing on the Oscars and kinda dug that song in the movie, but never really scratched the surface of what he was doing. Then sadly, he was gone.
I moved to Portland and his presence was everywhere. Friends here knew him and the songs were steeped in the town and the town steeped in his music. I asked several friends (a couple of whom resided in Athens) where I should start and they all said "anywhere, you'll want them all anyway." So that's essentially what I've been doing. I am blown away by the scope and consistency of his work and more than a little annoyed with myself for letting it take so long to know about it. Guess that's one of the beautiful things about records. Even though he's now gone, his records are still alive and well and such a treasure to be able to get to know them at this time when I'm in a place to appreciate them even more than when they were new, although I know that I would have totally fallen for these songs if I had heard them at any other point in my life.
Have a safe and wonderful 2016. We have some great things in store and definitely hope to see you at The Rock Show.
I'm thrilled to announce the 2016 HeAthen's Homecoming shows.
They will be Thursday, February 11th - Saturday, February 13th.
They will, as always, be at The Fabulous 40 Watt Club.
A portion of the income will go to Nuçi's Space.
This year the Thursday show will again kick off with The Camp Amped Band.
This has become an annual tradition and this year looks to be one of the best yet.
Next up will be Monsoon. They are one of the best of the bumper crop of great young bands in Athens. They're going to blow the doors off of the place. (Sienna from Monsoon is a former camper at Camp Amped. Supercool.)
On Friday night we will have a set from Dave Marr and his killer band.
Many might remember Dave from The Star Room Boys, one of our favorite bands back in their day. Dave took a very long hiatus and now is back with a great new album and fantastic band. Don't Miss This!
This will be followed by a short set from Will Johnson, who is playing both Friday and Saturday nights, by himself and perhaps a guest or two (or more).
He will be spotlighting songs from his amazing new album "Swan City Vampires".
On Saturday we will have a set from Five Eight.
5-8 was one of the best bands ever to come out of Athens and in recent years have been playing some of the most incredible shows ever (with their classic original lineup) showcasing songs from their recently reissued masterpiece "Weirdo" as well as their upcoming new release that could end up being their best album yet.
Don't Miss This!
DBT is really fired up for this year's HeAthen's Homecoming.
I can't wait to see all my Athens friends. The band will have just returned from our upcoming shows in Mexico and spotlighting songs from our recent live box set "It's Great To Be Alive!" and perhaps pulling out some hidden gems and showcasing some brand new songs.
In the meantime I want to thank all our friends who came out to our shows in Chicago and Madison this past weekend, we had a blast! We continue on the road playing in Bloomington IL tonight and then on to Chattanooga on Thursday and closing out the year with two nights in Nashville at the wonderful Cannery Ballroom! We are looking forward to it and hope to see some of you there. As always, ticket and show info is available at www.drivebytruckers.com.
See You at The Rock Show.
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.
VINYL AND CD VERSIONS:
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
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
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
Order "This Weekend's The Night" (Standard vinyl)
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)
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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
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)
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!!!
IN OTHER NEWS:
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!
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.
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!