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Hood and Mike Cooley continue to be the chief songwriters of the group, continuing a musical partnership that has lasted over twentythree years. Bassist, Shonna Tucker, flexes her songwriting muscles once again by contributing two original songs to the album. Brad Morgan (drums), John Neff (guitar/pedal steel) and Jay Gonzalez (keyboards) round out the current Drive-By Truckers lineup.
The band recently backed legendary R&B musician, Booker T. Jones, on his critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated album, Potato Hole. The album is nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
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Perhaps one example will capture the genius apparent in this recording: was on a long trip to visit friends and slipped in the CD for the first time as I motivated down the highway. The words of the first cut, "When Daddy Learned to Fly", grabbed me by the heartstrings right away, yet for some magical reason the music made me happy instead of sad. The song's about the passing of a friend and mentor. I've lost one of those myself lately, and was touched by the lyrics. But at the same time the powerful rock & roll had me pounding out an impressive air guitar/drum solo on the steering wheel as I sailed along- until I realized the car was racing down the highway at warp speed and had to slow it down before this daddy learned to fly. This phenomenon illustrates the duality of the Patterson/Cooley thing. All the boys, and Shonna too, are on their game. If you love great music and have a hard-working soul, don't miss "The Big To-Do."
...so here's the soundtrack, as imperfect and beautiful as life itself.
Drink up, DBT is back.
The introduction of keyboards on this album adds another layer of maturity to the overall sound.
Another great DBT album, Great to see these musicians expanding and refining their sound. Unless they record a "show-tune covers" album, I will likely continue my DBT collection.
On The Big To-Do however, Patterson Hood and company seem to have regruoped from the loss of Isbell and gotten back on track with a mostly satifsying set of sourthern rockers about working class men and women dealing with broken hearts, economic crises and unfulfilling lives. Hood handles the bulk of the work load, singing and writing the majority of the tracks. His voice is as weathered and plaintive as ever while his lyrics continue to paint vivid sketches of down on their luck southerners.
Still, without Isbell the band just isn't quite as dynamic. They seem to be a bit more one dimensional and predicatable than in the past. They're still an excellent group and there's no reason to think that they won't continue to release sturdy rock records like this one well into the new decade. But I'm going to keep hoping for the great band to return. Only time will tell if they do.
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Daughter likes some songs on this album. It's hard for me to pick one DBT album over another. They are all great.Published 7 months ago by shopperwhale
great fast shipping, awesome item, better than described, would buy from again! Thanks, happy buyer.Published 16 months ago by dana dana
I just love the DBT they cover so much ground, country, blues, rock, folk, etc. They do it all so well very diverse band.Published 23 months ago by JASON HOUSER
I am a bit Drive-By Truckers fan, and truly love all but their albums except for the first release. I bought this to replace a digital download that lost sound quality in changing... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by poison pen
This album contains some good tunes but i believe represents a bit of slippage from the incredible form of the preceding four albums. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Gregory
Another stellar album by the almighty Drive By Truckers. No better group out there lyrically and musically. Very talented bunch of people. GO SEE THEM LIVE!!! Even better live.Published on April 15, 2012 by James Church
I will not play it any more, it is the worst Trucker CD I have ever heard.
In the Stars I can't go low enough.