We’re taking the week leading up to Moontower Music Festival in Masterson Station to preview the headlining acts of the festival.
Today, we take a look at Drive-By Truckers, an alt-country, southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia, while also having ties to Alabama. Drive-By Truckers was founded in 1996 by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley in Athens. Since 1996, the band has put out 10 studio albums, including 2001’s Southern Rock Opera, which was highly praised at the time (and still today). Their 2014 album was their highest charting album on the US Charts, climbing all the way up to #16, as well as #2 on the US Indie charts. Their 2010 album The Big To-Do made its way to #1 on the US Billboard Indie Charts. On September 20th, Drive-By Truckers will release their 11th studio album entitled “American Band”. They have released a few singles before the album release, including a very political “What It Means”.
“American Band” was recorded in just three days, despite two weeks being their typical recording necessity for a new album. The band was determined to get their album out in the height of the 2016 election season, and if you listened to the song above, you’ve got a pretty good idea why. “American Band” features sharp jabs at other parts of the american landscape, including the NRA. The album also includes a personal song of Hood’s titled “Baggage”. The song was written on the night of the death of Robin Williams, and speaks to the nature of Hood’s own depression.
The Drive-By Truckers are in their 20th year as a band, despite having different incarnations of the group, and are looking to tear the house down at Masterson Station this Saturday with an attitude of being “fired up, ready to go.”
Drive-By Truckers takes the stage at 8:40 Saturday night. Tickets for MoonTower are available here and make sure to use promo code KSR20 to get your tickets for only $30 (normal price $49). Doors open at 11:00 and don’t forget you can bring your dog or a kid under 12 for free (with adult ticket purchase). Here’s the lineup: