This weekend, The Drive-By Truckers kicked off their Dirt Underneath Tour in their homebase of Athens, Georgia. A stripped down affair, the intent for these shows was to play some oldies, play some new ones, and do a few new things with the old ones. Those of you used to the headbanging, rock and roll side of the Truckers will be in for a nice little surprise. I love the hard rocking Truckers as much as anyone, but this acoustic heavy stuff sounds good, with heavy doses of John Neff pushing the steel and Spooner Oldham, a man who has played with some guys named Dylan and Young (maybe you've heard of them), gracing the keys. Below are a couple of songs from the Friday night gig:
DBT - My Sweet Annette
The first DBT song that blew me away many years ago, this features Cooley on the banjo. Yowza!
DBT - Bob
A new Cooley song from what I understand. Dude continues to write great stuff and I'm looking forward to hearing more and more of him over the next few records.
[Buy DBT here and here]
Thanks to all the tapers who 1) do a great job with the recordings and 2) bust their asses to get this stuff out to the masses. Check out http://bt.etree.org to get your hands on the recordings!
If you get the chance (wish I did), check out the Truckers at a venue near you.
Tue May 1 - Austin, TX - Antone's
Wed May 2 - Austin, TX - Antone's
Fri May 4 - Santa Fe, NM - Lensic PAC with Alejandro Escovedo Sat May 5 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre with Alejandro Escovedo - ROCK SHOW (Not part of The Dirt Underneath)
Sunday May 6 - Indio, CA - Stagecoach Festival - ROCK SHOW (Not part of The Dirt Underneath)
Mon May 7 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Tue May 8 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Thu May 10 - Park City, UT - Suede
Fri May 11 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
Sat May 12 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre & Cafe
Sun May 13 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre & Cafe
Thu June 21 - Knoxville, TN - Sundown in the City
Fri June 22 - Richmond, VA - Brown's Island
Sat Jun 23 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House Of Blues
Sun June 24 - Athens, GA - ATHFEST
Fri July 6 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
Sat Jul 14 - Masontown, WV - All Good Music Festival - ROCK SHOW (Not part of The Dirt Underneath)
Thu Jul 19 - New York, NY - Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park - ROCK SHOW (Not part of The Dirt Underneath)