Drive-By Truckers/Jason Isbell Appreciation Thread

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  1. Clown Baby

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    The thing that kills me is that these jabronis completely whiff on the message when covering Isbell. This Wallen clown doesn’t know shit about the headspace Isbell was in at the time Shires “saved him.” The same can be said about Zac Brown covering Dress Blues and failing to comprehend that the tragedy is two layers deeper than a person dying in war.
     
  2. wolfpck

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    Explain this to me. I'm a new money Isbell fan and didn't know he existed when that album came out.
     
  3. Corky Bucek

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    Same with Bradley Cooper covering Maybe It's Time.
     
  4. Clown Baby

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    It’s pretty clearly anti-war but I also think subtextually it paints a picture of a teenager enlisting either due to either predatory recruiters or having a very few options for life after high school. That’s my reading of it.
     
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  5. cutig

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    I think Wallen does get it based on his intro to the song. Can't find it on Twitter now though
     
  6. Clown Baby

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    Is this the side of history on which you want to be?
     
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  7. cutig

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    I listened to what he said about the song. His music blows and his fans are idiots.
     
  8. Clown Baby

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    Fair enough. The dude has a deliberately cultivated image so I wouldn’t put it past him to get it but just not give a shit
     
  9. cutig

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    Yeah I thought so too when I saw a clip of him playing it. Was a little bit surprised to hear him actually put some effort into talking about the song a little bit before playing it.
     
  10. Capstone 88

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    I’m just imagining the people that choose to listen to the Wallen, Luke Combs, types gearing them play a song of that magnitude and saying something to the effect of “thats cute but let’s get back on a dirt road!!!”
     
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  11. wolfpck

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    Ah, I gotcha. I agree. "To fight somebody's Hollywood War" certainly paints that picture.
     
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  12. wolfpck

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    Saw those same clips. Went from "fuck this guy", to feeling like a dick for thinking that. He went out of his way to give Isbell props and not have it be confused in anyway to be his own.
     
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  13. Capstone 88

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    I’ll say this too. He just did 2 shows here and a fair amount of people I know went. Only 1 person put a video up of “Cover Me Up”. So that, to me, shows these yokels don’t appreciate shit.
     
  14. Corky Bucek

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  15. Capstone 88

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    I don’t disagree. Just pointing out that if they’re posting stuff from the show, but not the best song of the night then they can’t identify quality music imo
     
  16. tigerbishop11

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    The story he tells about not letting Amanda have Cooper’s number is pretty funny though
     
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  17. Corky Bucek

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    Haven’t heard that, but I’m sure it’s pretty good.
     
  18. Bo Pelinis

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    Hard to cover a song that’s that personal and have it be even close to the same thing. Unfortunately for anyone covering Isbell most of his music fits that category. Rings hallow when some jabroni covers it.
     
  19. Bo Pelinis

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    That said I really enjoy this

     
  20. cutig

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  21. Snakes

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  22. DriveByBBQ

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    Going to need a Clown Baby reaction video to this “short film” set to Wallen’s cover of Cover Me Up.

     
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  23. Clown Baby

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    I already saw the intro to it. Lame as fuck to try to make Cover Me Up about some repressed veteran.
     
  24. DriveByBBQ

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    I’d like to know what Isbell’s compensated for agreeing to it.
     
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  25. Bo Pelinis

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    Damaged veteran is pop country cat nip.
     
  26. Bo Pelinis

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    Man I love those boys that come home all fucked up for America.
     
  27. Snakes

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    It had to be significant. Especially since he owns his own label. He has been vocally supportive of Wallen's cover on Twitter.
     
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  28. Bo Pelinis

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    Man I can't tell you all how much I hate that.
     
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  29. Bo Pelinis

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    Somebody should cover Alabama Pines and put a girl in a sundress on a tailgate.
     
  30. DriveByBBQ

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    I remember when Dierks Bentley ripped off Razor Town and Isbell drunkly told him to “Eat a bag of Dierks” on Twitter.
     
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  31. Bo Pelinis

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    Cover Streetlights and have a bunch of dudes drinking bud light on a back road.
     
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  32. Clown Baby

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    “Time moves slow when you’re seventeen and then it picks up steam at twenty-one” is sure to resonate with the broskis
     
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  33. Bo Pelinis

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    Cover Elephant but the Elephant in the room is the other person is liberal.
     
  34. steamengine

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    Watch this end up going to number one
     
  35. Clown Baby

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    “She said Andy you’re better than your past”
     
  36. Bo Pelinis

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    That video is like that time I watched that piece of shit movie American Sniper.
     
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  37. SC

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  38. DriveByBBQ

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    The Elephant is literally an Elephant and cancer is a jackass/donkey wearing an Obama mask on the other side of the room.
     
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  39. steamengine

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    The elephant is actually the friends we made at the Florida Georgia game along the way.
     
  40. Clown Baby

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    Conversely, I’d be interested to hear Isbell’s take on some dogshit song like that country girl shake it for me one
     
  41. steamengine

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    Isbell pulling a Ryan Adams 1989 on a Luke Bryan album would be fire.
     
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  42. Lifeiskilingme79

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    Ok, so I just listened to the Wallen's version of it and I really only have 1 complaint about it. It's just way too close to Isbell's version. He isn't doing anything new with it. There's not really a point to put it out there.

    With that said, if Isbell is cool with it, who the hell am I to say it shouldn't happen.
     
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  43. cutig

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    Decoration day but his dad was a liberal who was killed by Patriots
     
  44. Snakes

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    I'm sure you have watched the George Saunders interview on Youtube from a few years back. It's amazing if anyone hasn't watched it.

    In it he talks about his themes are often very traditional radio country, but he tries to make the lyrics have more meaning. He mentions how "Speed Trap Town" is a song about driving old trucks and high school football and how in the wrong hands that song could be very bad. It's pretty clear he fucking hates the Luke Bryans of the world.
     
  45. Snakes

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    His Tweet here pretty much sums it up. I'm not going to listen to the Wallen cover, but if it gets more people into Isbell and he's obviously okay with it... then I'm all for it.

     
  46. Clown Baby

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    While a great point, I refuse to believe that any Nashville songwriting mill could come up with “these 5A bastards run a shallow cross, it’s a boy’s last dream and a man’s first loss.”
     
  47. Snakes

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    Not a lyric I relate to more thinking of my 5A glory days in North Alabama. That being said, my favorite line in that song is "veins through the skin like a faded tatoo." Just a vivid description that sticks with me every time that song comes on.
     
  48. Clown Baby

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    Just thinking about the songs we’ve been discussing here like Cover Me Up, Decoration Day, Speed Trap Town, Streetlights, and Elephant and the thing that really sets those songs apart is that they feel so lived-in that you can’t help but have a visceral reaction.
     
  49. Snakes

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    Absolutely. He puts you in the moment where you can really get to know the characters. I think he really gets a lot of that from Hood/Cooley. You just feel like you're there getting to know the sick woman in Elephant or the teen parents in Outfit.
     
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  50. Bo Pelinis

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    Where a ton of songwriters write things that are either shallow and trite or forced, he has a way of getting into the little details that paint a picture without overdoing it.
     
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