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On May 22, 2022
Last weekend, I had the tremendous pleasure of seeing a really great music festival plus other music related ridiculousness. Next week’s post will discuss the music museums I visited. This week, we will focus on the music. I started in Memphis, where I saw my 23rd Drive By Truckers show at Graceland. The only bummer […]

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On May 7, 2022

I was lucky enough to see my 22nd Drive By Truckers show at the Royale in Boston last Thursday. It was also the last day of classes for me until September, which made the show doubly awesome. Making i

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On November 13, 2021

I haven’t written a Music Notes column in a long time, largely because I’ve been traveling so much, often for shows. So let me highlight a couple and then I will hold the show I saw last n

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On October 11, 2021
I spent last weekend at Shoalsfest in Florence, Alabama, followed by a trip to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. While there is plenty of music news and interesting articles to report, I am going to delay them all for the next issue, as there is plenty to talk about here. Shoalsfest is Jason Isbell’s festival. […]

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On March 3, 2020

This goes out to everyone who wants to talk about something else than politics on Super Tuesday. This is going to be a very heavy Drive-By Truckers based post. Album review is below. I saw them twice

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On June 29, 2019

This was quite the last couple of weeks for music in my world Not only did I get lucky enough to listen to some really great albums for the first time, but I also saw a few outstanding shows. First, I

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Let’s discuss The Dirty South, the fifth record by the unaccountably brilliant American institution known as the Drive-By Truckers, which turns fifteen (15!) this summer. The Dirty South is an expansive record, 14 deeply-layered songs unfolding over the course of 70 minutes, every second of them earned. It contains several of DBT’s bona fide masterpieces, […]

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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 sho

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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 what had happened. With only the exception of last night and the night McCain joined Murkowski and Collins to kill […]

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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 ou

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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

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