Random Review: Drive By Truckers

In honor of Twitter’s famous #MusicMonday and #NowPlaying hashtags, I thought I’d throw out a spontaneous review of what I’m listening to right now, and what I just downloaded from Amazon.com as their special deal for $3.99 todayDrive By Truckers The Big To-Do.

Now, I LOVE DBT and have since before everyone fell in love with “Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife” from their last CD Brighter than Creation’s Dark. Patterson Hood is a genius in the Southern Rock genre – his lyrics are insightful and intelligent, his compositions are beautifully layered without feeling overdone, and all of this thoughtful music-making is belied by his often twangy but deliciously familiar singing voice.

Tackling real life topics in music is tricky, because for many music is an ESCAPE from real life.  But somehow if it’s done deftly, the commiseration is soothing.  How else can you explain a song like “Drag the Lake Charlie” falling into my second-fave slot?  (Not that I’ve ever had to drag a lake, thank cheeses.)  Perhaps “commiserate” isn’t the appropriate choice here – maybe I’m just impressed with their hutzpah to tell it like it (sometimes) is, no matter how unfortunate.

When I heard their cover of Tom T. Hall’s “Mama Bake a Pie”, I just bawled.  If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of an introduction to this bunch, you should rectify that.  (Even if you’re a Yankee.  Just sayin’…) I mean, at four bucks today on Amazon.com, you get all this DBT goodness for less than the cost of a trip to Starbucks.

Now, I’ve just done the first run-through of The Big To-Do, and my first reaction favorite is “This F*cking Job”.

“I’m trying to hang on in the worst of places…but a family can’t live on these fast-food wages.  It’s the living and the learning that makes the difference, makes it all worthwhile.”

Indeed.

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Drag the Lake Charlie

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And from their last effort, Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife

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See?  Right?  Now, go hit Amazon for your copy of The Big To-Do…and with all the money I just saved you, you can buy ME a Starbucks…

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