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  posted on 5/3/2013 at 09:43 PM
I'm listening to an album of theirs called, "Brighter Then Creations Dark". I am KNOCKED OUT by the songwriting on this album. I can't believe these guys aren't one of the major bands in the U.S.

For other people that like them can you suggest other albums I should check out by them. It's been quite a while since I was this excited to listen to a band that I recently discovered. I'm embarrassed that they have been around for a long time and I'm just listening to them. Hopefully, they are financially successful so they stick around, I look forward to catching them the next time they are in the Pacific NW.


Thanks for any suggestions and opinions.

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  posted on 5/3/2013 at 10:01 PM
Southern Rock Opera is a modern classic to me.

 

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  posted on 5/3/2013 at 10:34 PM
Go see them live if you get a chance. I've only seen them once, but let me tell you, they REALLY bring it! Very, very intense.

 

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  posted on 5/3/2013 at 10:34 PM
Go see them live if you get a chance. I've only seen them once, but let me tell you, they REALLY bring it! Very, very intense.

 

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  posted on 5/3/2013 at 11:29 PM
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Southern Rock Opera is a modern classic to me.


This and "The Dirty South" are must haves.

Have also been listening to Patterson Hood's new solo album, "Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance", a lot.

 

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 07:16 AM
i saw them 1st time open for widespread panic in 2005

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 08:07 AM
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Southern Rock Opera is a modern classic to me.


This and "The Dirty South" are must haves.

Have also been listening to Patterson Hood's new solo album, "Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance", a lot.


Agree on these two DBT albums 100% !!

Have not heard Patterson's solo yet.

I would also add Pizza Deliverance and Decoration Day as must haves.

It has been years since I've seen them live, but I do remember that they were great and they were LOUD !!!

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 08:34 AM
As noted above, Southern Rock Opera is probably there most successful release. I'm partial to Cooley's songs - Zip City and Women without Whiskey, but the whole thing is pretty awesome.

Decoration Day to me is clearly either their best or 2nd best release. Virtually every song is really really good.

After that, I think it varies. Most every release has 2-3 great songs, but there is nothing I like from top to bottom like those two above.

If you are gonna pick and choose songs, like from Itunes.....Birthday Boy, Where the Devil Don't Stay, Lookout Mountain, The Living Bubba, Panties in Your Purse, One of these Days and Love Like This are just a few to look for.

And - the DBT website is awesome. click on the albums, and the lyrics for every song are listed, plus, Patterson Hood comments on a bunch of stuff which is sometimes fascinating. Second, the fan site Three Dimes Down has a great message board, and there are well over 100 specific song threads with lots of insights.

 

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 09:29 AM
You need them all. Seriously.
 

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 09:32 AM
Pulaski is one of my favorite DBT tracks:

http://youtu.be/b_-TXA7IVi0

I enjoyed Big To Do and Go Go Boots even though Jason Isbell wasn't in the band any longer (and he sang my fav DBT tunes). I liked they keys and pedal steel on those two. They did a great version of Eddie Hinton's Everybody Needs Love on Letterman:

http://youtu.be/JXignTEdcRA

And if you have not checked out ex-DBT singer/guitarist Jason Isbell, he is superb.

http://youtu.be/bA5ad3fU1_8

 

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 09:51 AM
Archive.org has 674 live shows so far by Drive-By Truckers. All available for free streaming and/or download.

Here's the web page...

http://archive.org/details/Drive-ByTruckers




 

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 10:33 AM
They are one of my favorite live bands right now......Southern Rock Opera is fantastic, and I enjoy all their other albums.... the songwriting and story telling is a real treat..... changing up between Cooley and Hood songs keeps it interesting .........

 

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 11:23 AM
DBT are a fantastic band. Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day and The Dirty South are must haves. I'd also add the Live at the Forty Watt DVD, which is the Dirty South release show, but is still fantastic.

Their ACL show is pretty good but lacks something. OTOH, you could take it, splice in the DBT songs from Jason's live in alabama and you'd have almost a perfect live album

 

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 12:32 PM
I am always impressed by the devotion many people have for this band, but I just don't get it. We all have those bands where we wonder "What is everybody else hearing that I don't?" The Truckers are that band to me.

My wife and I watched part of a documentary about the Truckers on TV the other day. It was well done, and had testimonials from various people praising the DBT and their music. Then the music would start, and Tammy and I would look at each other like "Is this the same band those people were talking about?"

I suppose a person who has never owned a Skynyrd album can't be expected to relate to a band that wrote a concept album about the Skynyrd plane crash. It may just be that simple.

Oh well, different strokes for different folks....

 
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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 12:41 PM
Rob - I'm actually seeing them live for the first time tomorrow (not sure how I missed them up until now). In getting into them the last few years, it was certain songs that grabbed me. With youtube and archive.org and spotify etc, you can listen to the parts of a band's output you like and not have to worry about what you don't. I don't love everything I've heard; some doesn't appeal to me either. But the parts I like are superb. I'd bet there are a dozen songs you'd dig; maybe not.

 

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 06:23 PM
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You need them all. Seriously.


I agree , I have them all and anything Jason Isbell puts out
Great songwriting There older stuff is best I think and someone said Decoration day not a bad song on that one .
The documentry channel is running there doc , The secret to a happy ending , a must see

 

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  posted on 5/4/2013 at 06:31 PM
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I am always impressed by the devotion many people have for this band, but I just don't get it. We all have those bands where we wonder "What is everybody else hearing that I don't?" The Truckers are that band to me.

My wife and I watched part of a documentary about the Truckers on TV the other day. It was well done, and had testimonials from various people praising the DBT and their music. Then the music would start, and Tammy and I would look at each other like "Is this the same band those people were talking about?"

I suppose a person who has never owned a Skynyrd album can't be expected to relate to a band that wrote a concept album about the Skynyrd plane crash. It may just be that simple.

Oh well, different strokes for different folks....


Its not really a concept album of the Skynyrd plane crash , Its really a album about a kid coming of age in the 70's in Alabama , at least to me it is

 

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  posted on 5/5/2013 at 07:07 AM
Love the DBT. Have all their CD's. "Pizza Deliverance" and "The Dirty South" are my favorites. Oddly enough i haven't bought Patterson Hood's solo releases yet.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2013 at 07:08 AM
Oh, and their internet only live CD "Alabama Ass Whuppin'" kicks ass too!

 

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  posted on 5/5/2013 at 07:53 AM
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DBT are a fantastic band. Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day and The Dirty South are must haves. I'd also add the Live at the Forty Watt DVD, which is the Dirty South release show.


Start w/ Southern Rock Opera, it was their rebirth, so why not take it in chronological order, at least while exploring the albums.

Cooley is the man! Women Without Whiskey!!!!

Adding Jason just completely puts them over the top.

And David Barbe capturing the attitude in the studio. He is a master, and has had a hand in so much music, and the Athens scene.

And then there's The Rock Show... Legendary... passin the handle of Jack, and leaving it all out there.
All Hail The TAPERS!!!!!!!!

A Fantastic documentary on them is
The Secret to A Happy Ending. http://www.google.com/search?q=msnbc&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&am p;client=safar

Chick @ outside the 40 Watt: We wear Depends so we don't have to go pee. LMFAO!! My kinda gal, dedicated to the Rock Show!
The Star Bar in L5P used to sell Drive By Trucker logoed panties.

Am fortunate to have seen them since way back, Patternson keeps the train rolling amid all the changes.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2013 at 09:20 AM
The Secret To A Happy Ending must be the same documentary I saw. Even though I'm not a Truckers fan, I have to say it was a very well-done piece on the band and their music.

Tim, I promise I've heard lots and lots of Truckers. I can appreciate the lyrics to some of their songs, but the music just leaves me cold, and I'm not enough of a singer-songwriter guy to listen to music just for the words. Much of my favorite music is instrumental, so I'm pretty much at the opposite end of the spectrum. If the music doesn't move me, I don't care how good the lyrics are.

I mentioned I don't own any Skynyrd albums. It might also be relevant to my disinterest in the Truckers that I only own two Dylan albums. I think this band just isn't for me.

 
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  posted on 5/5/2013 at 12:23 PM
Rob, listen to Sink Hole at full volume. If that doesn't sway you, nothing will.

But it should.

 

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  posted on 5/5/2013 at 08:09 PM
Southern Rock Opera is one of the best rock albums of all time in my opinion. And the Big To-Do is great as well. Several years ago, two nights in a row I saw these shows. How is this is for a lineup: The ABB, The Drive By Truckers and JJ Grey & Mofro?

Patterson Hood's solo work is great as is Jason Isbell.

It is all good!

 

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  posted on 5/5/2013 at 10:46 PM
Let there be rock is one of my all time favourite songs. I enjoy a bunch of tunes from their first and third album. Lost interest but journey back once in a while for a listen.

I thought the Southern Rock Opera was about growing up down south as well.

 

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  posted on 5/6/2013 at 08:53 AM
much agreed ~ amazing band, very tight & fluid ~ a whole host of offerings from over the years. Patterson Hood does solo work as well, catch him if you can in an intimate venue.

 

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