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On April 7, 2018
I saw my 13th Drive By Truckers show on Monday in State College, Pennsylvania. It was another very fine show. You’d think they would get tired as they age, but it was yet another high energy show, going 2 1/2 hours and covering a mere 27 songs. They played most of American Band, their lastest […]

The Perilous Night

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On November 9, 2017

Precisely one year ago this very minute, I was trying to comprehend what white people had done to this nation. And trying to comprehend how to teach American history the rest of the semester given wha

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On October 14, 2017
Obviously the major event in music since I last wrote one of these posts was the death of Tom Petty. There is much to say, but I will simply link to this Patterson Hood remembrance, which is really outstanding. Charles Bradley also died. I had the chance to see him a couple of times and […]

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On February 18, 2017

We need to talk about the amazing awesomeness of Drive-By Truckers live shows. I saw my 11th show in New York last weekend. It was supposed to be my 12th, but the Boston show the previous Thursday had

Drive-By Cuckers

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On August 5, 2016

It really seems inevitable that Drive-By Truckers would evolve into a full-fledged protest band. They always had a major bent toward societal analysis, even if it wasn’t always exactly political

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On March 12, 2016
A few musical items of interest. One of my ten favorite albums of all time is back in print. That is Sonny Sharrock’s Ask the Ages. The great guitar player died soon after making this album, just as it landed him a major label deal. This is a perfect album that moves from swing to […]

Memorial Day

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On May 26, 2014

Another Decoration Day, another day to remember the Union crushing southerners committing treason to defend slavery. Two best tweets of this Memorial Day: The creation of Arlington National Cemetery i

English Oceans

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On March 22, 2014

If you saw the Drive-by Truckers last night at the House of Blues in Boston, well, consider yourself unlucky enough to have been in my presence. It was a pretty great show as always, although the one

The Southern Thing

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On August 21, 2013
Patterson Hood with a long essay on what has become his lasting statement, as much as he might not always be comfortable with it, the duality of the southern thing, particularly in the context of a South that is changing rapidly. The song begins at about 3:20 in the clip. Also, Hood correctly notes that […]

Decoration Day

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On May 28, 2012

A good day to remember the sacrifice of Union soldiers in the crushing of pro-slavery Confederate treason. Also, see McMurtry: And yes, I know I am embedding songs by a Alabaman and a Texan in saying

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