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Editors’ Notes

The Drive-By Truckers had already delivered three albums before Southern Rock Opera was released in 2001, but this is the effort that turned everyone's heads. Here, over the course of a double-album, the Athens, Georgia-based ensemble gave the finger to overtly ironic indie-rock with an earnest musical tribute to the career of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Oddly enough, it worked. Three electric guitars, tons of raw rock energy, and lyrics that are more inspired than the Skynyrd originals all make for a fun listen. Songs such as "Dead, Drunk, And Naked" and "Let There Be Rock" may not change the world, but they do make for a fitting tribute to the enduring appeal of Southern rock.

Customer Reviews

This is Real

This album is a real classic, a true great album, a must be owned album-enough said

Another cracking album!

Superb album! Not quite on a par with 'Brighter Than Creations Dark', but still very good, none the less! Good 'driving' music! Buy it now! do it!

Southern Rock lives on!

What a gem of an album - latched on to it almost by accident after listening to 3 Alabama Icons. DBT have done some memorable stuff but I find them a touch inconsistent. This is their "Live at the Fillmore East" - all fans of Southern Rock should have this in their collection!

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Boasting a mix of Southern pride, erudite lyrics, and a muscled three-guitar attack, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected alternative country-rock acts of the 2000s. Led by frontman Patterson Hood and featuring a rotating cast of Georgia and Alabama natives, the band celebrated the South while refusing to paint over its spotty past. History, folklore, politics, and character studies all shared equal space in the Truckers catalog, which offered up its first blast of gutsy, twangy...
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