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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 it triple awesome was that Lydia Loveless opened for them and I’ve wanted to see her for […]

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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

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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 in the last two weeks: the February 22 show in Somerville, Massachusetts and the February 25 show in […]

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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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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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