Drive-By Truckers take to the American and European highways, figuratively speaking, to promote a new edition – English Oceans – to their long standing and ever expanding catalogue.
English Oceans is a full length album spun quickly by the originally-Athens-based five-some during hiatus late last summer. In an industry where careers are built over time, Drive-By Truckers explores evolving sounds while venturing down roads where their familiar southern hospitality meets true musical grit.
It is noted that co-lead guitarist and vocalist Mike Cooley spearheaded this album’s direction with his lyrical input and, more than ever, presence – perhaps giving, for the first time, a fully balanced sound alongside Patterson Hood’s pronounced and popular front.
The record reads like true life, with mature themes wrapped around country chords and that signature twang DBT has become so well known for. ‘Grand Canyon’ and ‘Primer Coast’ are tracks that well represent the cohesive, honest efforts of a band that is almost twenty years old. ‘Natural Light’ may be the most diverse song as it teeters on the edge of the blues with vocals reminiscent of Willie and surprising, two-step guitar and barroom keys.
Southern adages are in a league all their own, and when, come to find, shit shots do count; it is then that suddenly the whole world wants to sing…so cut the apron strings and get on with it already.
You can currently stream the album at Paste Magazine.
The Vogue Theater
Tuesday March 25th
Doors at 7:00 PM; show at 8:00 PM
21 and over
$22 – $25