Drive-By Truckers/Jason Isbell Appreciation Thread

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  1. steamengine

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  2. Duval

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    New song:



    Surprise new album out this Friday.
     
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  3. Virgil Caine

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    This is exciting!

    ...I’m also apprehensive as hell, considering it’s been a minute since they’ve released a good album.
     
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  4. Duval

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    American Band is a fantastic album.
     
  5. SC

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    DBT released The Unraveling on Jan. 31st 2020 and set out for what was supposed to be a full year of touring. We completed the first leg of the tour at DC’s beloved 9:30 Club on Feb. 29th. We all went home for a brief break before resuming at Vogue in Indianapolis on March 12th. We were two songs into the soundcheck for that show when we were told that the entire tour was to be postponed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We packed up the trailer and headed home where we’ve pretty much been ever since.

    To call these past few months trying would be a dramatic understatement. Our lives are intertwined with our work in ways that give us our best songs and performances. It is a life that has often rewarded us beyond our wildest dreams. Speaking for myself, I don’t have hobbies, I have this thing I do. To be sidelined with a brand new album and have to sit idly while so much that I love and hold dear falls apart before my very eyes has been intense, heartbreaking, anger provoking and very depressing. It has gone to the very heart of our livelihoods and threatened near everything that we have spent our lives trying to build.

    I’m blessed to have a beautiful family. Everyone is healthy and so far we’re managing to survive all of this. Same time, I have spent much of these months ricocheting between deep depression and seething anger. I have not been a joy to be quarantined with (to put it mildly) and for that I am truly sorry to everyone that has had to be around me. I know I’m lucky and should be counting my blessings for so many have it far worse than me. For that I feel some degree of shame and guilt, which makes me angrier and more depressed.

    Concerned people that I love frequently ask me how I’m doing. I would respond that “I’m OK…The New OK”.

    The original idea for this album was to put out an EP utilizing some great tracks we had from the Memphis sessions that The Unraveling was culled from. We actually had a wealth of music recorded in those sessions. Not inferior outtakes, but songs we felt strongly about that didn’t further the narrative of the album we decided to release. We also wanted to include some new songs written during this endless summer of protests, riots, political shenanigans and pandemic horrors. We ended up with a full album that hopefully balances out the darkness of our current situation with a hope for better days and nights ahead.

    I wrote Watching the Orange Clouds the weekend after George Floyd’s murder as I watched the whole country rise up in a chaotic firestorm of anger and calls for a righteous change. I wrote The New OK a couple of months later during the heat of the federal occupation in my adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon. We had to record them by sending each other tracks until we had all that we needed for David Barbe to mix the finished songs. The Distance is a song I wrote in 2011. We had an unfinished demo from early in the English Oceans sessions that we took and finished for this album. Again, it’s a song I’ve always loved but it didn’t fit in with the album we were working on at the time. I kinda consider it an epilogue for our early days of touring in our 1988 Ford Econoline. You could almost call it a sequel to “Let There Be Rock”.

    Sea Island Lonely was written in the back of a car taking me to a super early flight after a show in Southern Georgia. It was one of my favorite takes from the Memphis sessions, a total accident that we completed with horns.

    Tough To Let Go came to me in a dream. I woke up and immediately wrote it down. We also put horns on that sucker. When I dreamt it, Jason Isbell was singing it. I literally checked with him to make sure that I hadn’t actually stolen it from him. He said I hadn’t, but it was his favorite of my songs from the Memphis sessions.

    Cooley wrote Sarah’s Flame in early 2019. I’ll let you guess yourself who this Sarah is whose metaphoric spark lit the tiki torches of Charlottesville. This national nightmare didn’t just happen overnight, that’s for sure.

    The Unraveling was a song I wrote several years ago and had always wanted to record but just couldn’t make it work with my singing voice. At some point during the Memphis sessions, I asked Bobby Matt if he would give it a try and he knocked it out of the park. At some point, when we decided to call the last album by that title, we thought it would be cool if we saved the actual title cut for a future record (shades of Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy”). As we were finishing in Memphis, Barbe told us to go back in and track our cover of The Ramones’ classic The KKK Took My Baby Away. He said we’d be glad we did. That’s yet another reason why he’s been our producer for two decades now.

    Finally, in putting it all together, in keeping with the timing of its creation and release, we decided to include The Perilous Night which I began writing on the day the Electoral College voted Trump into office and completed the week after the Charlottesville murder of Heather Heyer on the day that the sitting President said that there was blame on both sides. This is a radically different mix from the mix of the single we released in 2017.

    Here’s to the hope that we can make 2021 a better year than this one has been. In the meantime, here’s to The New OK!

    See you at The Rock Show.
    Patterson Hood
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  6. SC

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    I dig this song a whole lot.
     
  7. Virgil Caine

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    Agree to disagree.

    What It Means, Surrender Under Protest, and Ever South are good songs, but the rest is filler akin to what we’ve seen since about BTCD? Go-Go Boots?
     
  8. Clown Baby

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    I liked English Oceans :idk:
     
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  11. SC

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    Two spins through the new DBT.

    I like this one more than The Unraveling. The re-worked Perilous Night is a much stronger song than the original version they put out as a single. Also really glad they finally did a proper cut of Matt doing The KKK Took My Baby Away.

    Hearing Mike Cooley sing “all Fat Donnie had to do was wear the pants” about knocked me on my ass.
     
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  12. GaryWalsh12

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    Tried to purchase a ‘quarantine 4 pack’ of tickets for Jason Isbell/Amanda Shires upcoming show in Charleston. $350/ticket ($1,520 total). Hard pass. I understand venues need to make money without selling alcohol as you bring a cooler to this outdoor venue but hopefully these prices are not indicators of future shows.
     
  13. Upton^2

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    each spot is for 4 people total, so you'd have been buying for 16 people. Just got a drive in ticket for the show in Asheville
     
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  14. GaryWalsh12

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    Good to know. I’m an idiot.
     
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  15. SC

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    Intro 00:56

    Wild Horses 06:21

    Mainstreet 04:33

    Simple Man 06:46

    Please Be With Me 06:15
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    Texas In My Rear View Mirror 06:46

    Heart On A String 05:36

    Kodachrome 04:45

    Tight Rope 03:24

    Sitting In Limbo 05:40

    Gotta Serve Somebody 06:47

    Loan Me A Dime 06:47

    Gimme Three Steps 05:10

    Hey Jude 06:40

    The Weight 06:04

    Respect Yourself 04:59
     
  16. Clown Baby

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    First listen through Good Luck With Whatever and it’s exceptional. Still need to listen again (and again) to digest the lyrics but there’s not a bad song on the record.
     
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  17. Clown Baby

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    And it turns out it’s produced by Dave Cobb which makes perfect sense. It’s stronger front to back than Stories Don’t End and probably on par (or maybe better, I’ll report back) with All Your Favorite Bands. Passwords is trash in comparison.
     
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  18. Clown Baby

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    Right there with you on Perilous Night. The antithesis of Goode’s Field Road
     
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  19. Nole0515

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    this album is great
     
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  20. Clown Baby

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    It’s so good. I think I like the titular song the most, although Me Especially is great too
     
  21. Nole0515

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    kinda sad the album is only 9 songs
     
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  22. Clown Baby

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    Agreed but they killed all of them
     
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  23. Nole0515

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    guessing DC said these are your best we're only gonna put those out
     
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  24. Clown Baby

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    Dave Cobb is quite possibly the best producer there is right now so what he says goes
     
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  25. Nole0515

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    Love that Free as we Wanna Be sort of pays homage to Zevon in the chorus instrumental
     
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  26. Clown Baby

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    I watch their rendition of Desperados Under the Eaves every weekend and I wish they’d record it on an album
     
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  27. Clown Baby

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    The more I listen to this, the more it becomes clear that St Augustine At Night is an elite song. It reminds me of Moon In The Water.
     
  28. Jimmy the Saint

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    I have no idea why but I have been listening to The Day John Henry Died a bunch lately. Good fucking song.
     
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  29. Corky Bucek

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    Listening to this right now :bananallama:
     
  30. It'sAlwaysSunnyInAthens

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    These are good takes.
     
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  31. Snakes

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    Perhaps the most underrated Isbell-DBT song.
     
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    Rewatching the Tiny Desk cause I am drunk and I am in a great mood. :)
     
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    Is this crazy talk if I tell people that Isbell is one of the greatest songwriters since Bob Dylan?
     
  34. steamengine

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    No I think it should be common knowledge at this point.

    But bob dylan is still writing just FYI.
     
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  35. ElectricDreamMachine

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    Seeing Cooley play solo at the nick in Bham rn. Sry for poor pic quality—trying to maintain the distance. just incredibly glad to see some live music and especially from this guy.
     

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  36. Snakes

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    how was it?? did he play Sarah's flame? can't get that song stuck out of my head.
     
  37. ElectricDreamMachine

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    it was great for what it was. setup wasn't ideal (turns out there's a good reason why the bar under the overpass doesn't usually do outdoor shows!) but cooley was excellent. played pretty much all his staples (zip city, women without whiskey, gravity's gone, where the devil don't stay, etc.). don't think he played sarah's flame but i've only had the chance to listen to the new album once so it could've slipped past me.
     
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  38. Snakes

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    YO DADDY WAS MAD AS HELL

    (that is something my DBT obsessed cousin and I text each other sporadically)
     
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  40. Nole0515

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  41. wolfpck

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    I will be in attendance. First concert post Covid and to say I'm excited would be an understatement. Also seeing just him and Amanda in Maggie Valley in 3 weeks.
     
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  42. Nole0515

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    I'd like to like this again
     
  43. Nole0515

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    this show is great
     
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  44. cutig

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    Holy shit that closer was incredible
     
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  45. Nole0515

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    it felt great watching them play a real show
     
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  49. ugafish

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    So it could be worse. Wonder what REM song he is gonna go for?