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With the two-pronged songwriting attack of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley alternating in the writing of their albums, Drive-By Truckers have an automatically diverse attack within their Southern rock roots. Bassist Shonna Tucker serves up the barroom weeper “Dancin’ Ricky” and the addition of two Eddie Hinton tracks, (“Everybody Needs Love”, “Where’s Eddie”, with Shonna Tucker’s emotive vocals), adds a soulful strut to a band that often prefer to lope in the country-rock fields. (Hinton, who died at age 51, was a guitarist for Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, among the many). Singer Patterson Hood defines the group’s deep country sound (“I Do Believe”, “Mercy Buckets”), but it’s Cooley’s looser way with a country tune on “Cartoon Gold” and “The Weakest Man” that relaxes the band and allows them to sound like an easeful group of experienced farmhands. The Deluxe Edition includes a cover of Vic Chesnutt’s hilarious and poignant “When I Ran Off and Left Her” and the band original “I Hear You Hummin’,” along with acoustic videos of Hood performing “Everybody Needs Love” and Cooley performing “Pulaski.”


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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