2016, the year we played ourselves. Or the year we got played. Looking back, it’s hard not to respect this past year. On a simple scale of fucks given, 2016 gave the fewest. And, sort of like the Death Star, it’s hard not to admire how thoroughly evil and powerful the year was. It was bright in terms of music, and that may be its only bright spot. As far as real humans go, 2016 can only be described in one way: the year we were all Alderaan.
Will his performance wake people up to the world to the type of (awful) person that Trump really is? Probably not, so we made a playlist that has the power to save us from our darkest timeline...hopefully.
The protest song is nothing new, but now in 2016 it may be the best defense we have against, well, 2016.
And speaking of protest songs...
Drive-By Truckers have always infused their songs with politics, but the scorching truths of their latest album, American Band, may be their strongest, most important statement yet. We're going in on the band's history, why this album is essential listening in 2016, and figuring out where we go from here.
In this episode Kevin sits down with the dudes of DIARRHEA PLANET to talk four guitar shredding action, pop music in an indie world, Nashville, and more gear than anyone has any business knowing about, much less can fit on a pedal board. PLUS! Kevin and Paul discuss “English Oceans”, the latest from seminal Southern rockers the Drive-By Truckers. Is it time to roll the credits, or does the band have another modern classic on its hands? Listen in to find out.
Drive-By Truckers are making a pit stop in DC to ring in 2013 with a three-night run at 9:30 Club! Just as with their New Year’s stint at the Club last year, the Southern, alt-country rockers will surely show attendees a hell of a good time. See?
To add to the awesomeness of the Truckers’ string of shows, they’ve got three great opening acts lined up – Deer Tick on 12/29, Lee Fields and the Expressions on 12/30, and North Mississippi Allstars Duo on 12/31.
So here’s the deal. We want you to ditch those NYE plans you’ve already made so that you and your date can hang out with the Truckers and their friends.
To win a pair of tickets to the concert on either 12/30 or 12/31, we ask that you please leave a comment below (using a valid email address) or reblog this tumblr post and add your comment telling us:
- For which night you’re entering. (Either 12/30 or 12/31)
- Your best New Year’s Eve memory.
This contest will run until Wednesday the 26th. That morning, we’ll pick a random winner for each set of tickets. So, make with the entering, and good luck!
For the Drive-By Truckers it’s been a long, at times completely ball busting, climb to the top, but if the fact that the band completely sold out it’s 3-night run at the world famous 9:30 Club is any indication then it would appear that the payoff is now. This was the final show were to cover in 2011, and the Truckers are a band I’ve been looking forward to covering since the site began. Not because I’m a super-fan or anything (though I have been in the past), but more because I, as do many people who were in attendance Friday night, have a little bit of history with the band.
Back then the Truckers blew out the power for an entire city block, yet continued to play over the hum of emergency generators safety lights until it was restored...and then kept on going to past 3am. Back then the the audience was left as exhausted, sweaty, and exhilarated as band, and it truly was, as Patterson was known to say, like a giant musical “church”
Rock and roll come down from the mount to save your soul.
That's right fellow rock fans, THE ROCK SHOW is coming back to DC to finish off the year right and we want you to be there with us!
Over the course of the past decade or so, Drive-By Truckers have made a reputation on doing one thing and doing it well: Making the most ass-kicking, whiskey swilling, balls-to-the-wall ROCK AND F@#@ING ROLL this side of Muscle Shoals...or anywhere for that matter.
Now, if you know anything about the Truckers, you know that the core, the engine of the band has been, and will always be Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley; the Glimmer Twins for the southern set if you will. But with the exception of Brad "Easy B" Morgan, the band has seen a somewhat revolving lineup that has seen the likes of legendary session musician Spooner Oldham, bassist Earl Hicks and most famously guitarist Jason Isbell.
A few weeks ago longtime bassist Shonna Tucker announced that she was leaving the band (on good terms) leaving the Truckers at yet another crossroads. While it's not clear just who will be replacing Shonna in the long term, long time Trucker family member David Barbe will be filling in for the bass when the DBT's hit the 9:30 Club next week to begin yet another era of this mighty band from the south
So rock fans, want to be there to see what happens? All you have to do is answer us ONE QUESTION:
Who should replace Shonna Tucker as the bass player for the Drive-By Truckers?