Hot Hot Heat / Half a Year in Song

Nineteen-hundred miles later, I’m back in the swamps, ringing out my shirts and screaming about football.  I love Louisiana so much it hurts sometimes.  It hurts when I drive through Baton Rouge, past my old house in the Garden District and the little clap house on State; it hurts when I talk to my friends … Continue reading

Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark

Drive-By Truckers – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark New West Records; 4.5 Stars Despite their reputation for being the South’s most lovable drunks on stage, the Drive-By Truckers have always found their home on record. Never has this been more true than on Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, the Athens five-piece’s latest record. Despite losing the brilliant … Continue reading

Shooter Jennings/Drive-By Truckers [Voodoo Fest ’06]

Somewhere out in Voodoo land, tight pants’d college kids who came for Broken Social Scene and are staying for Social Distorition will be faced with a dilemma. Shooter Jennings, whose records land barely land on the right side of the pop / authentic country line, is sandwiched between the current indie darlings and the legendary … Continue reading

Drive-By Truckers – A Blessing and a Curse

Drive-By Truckers – A Blessing and a Curse New West Records – 41⁄2 Steven Stars In Kennesaw, Georgia, minutes north of Atlanta, there is a store owned by a 70 year old named Wild Man.  Among the many items which Wild Man proudly sells is a used KKK uniform, several authentic Nazi armbands and grave … Continue reading

Drive-By Truckers [Tipitina’s, Jazz Fest 2005]

It’s a bit tough to describe the experience that is a Drive-By Truckers show.  I’ll let lead Trucker Patterson Hood do it for me:  “The last time we played Tipitina’s, it was the Sundee before Mardi Gras.  We got in town ’round eleven, started drinkin’.  They gave us some fuckin’ red beans and rice.  Some … Continue reading