ninebullets' take on the new Drive By Truckers songs:

In one of the recent Dirt Underneath shows Patterson said they were playing some new tracks to see how they worked with the crowd. Basically throwing some songs against the wall and seeing what sticks. I figured I would offer my opinion on them. I have gone through the shows available on and pulled all the new songs I could see. If I missed one please tell me.

Ghost to Most – Another Cooley gem. I love this song. Much like Gravity’s Gone it almost seems like he reached into his bag of phrases, pulled out his favorites and assembled them into a song. It’s a Cooleyism 101 song and I think it is great and I really hope it makes it to the new cd.

Daddy Needs A Drink – This song surprised the hell out of me. When you really listen to the lyrics it is phenomenal. Probably Pattersons best effort since My Sweet Annette and definatly the best of the new songs they are currently playing out. There is no doubt in my mind that this track will be on the new cd.

After the Scene Dies – This one took a while to grow on me. Telling the story of the end of the music scene in anytown, usa. I wonder what this one sounds like played with electric instruments.

Bob – My first thought when I heard this one was…huh? I’ve grown to like it more over the past few weeks but I do not think it will make the new cd. It is a good enough song but in it’s current form it would never rank above filler material in my opinion.

Lisa’s Birthday – Nope. I do not like it one bit. Maybe electric it’s different but right now it seems like the Disney version of Love Like This. I hope this one gets left behind.

The Opening Act – I think this song will be awesome when it’s played at the rock show. Acoustically it is good but, to me, this song is begging to rock.

Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife – Written about the tragic New Years Day murder of a Richmond family as Patterson’s way of coming to terms with the events. It is a really pretty and sweet song. If I had to bet a dollar I would say you will hear this one on the new cd. I hope they keep it acoustic.

Check Out in Vegas – This song really surprised me. It kind of reminds me of Jason Isbell’s new song “Hurricanes and Hand Grenades” in the sense that it’s kind of a different sound than I’m used to from DBT. However, after listening to it a few times it has a lot of 70’s country to it. One of me top 3 of the new stuff I really hope to hear a studio version of this one.

One of These Days – Kind of a sad sounding song but I really like it. I wish my version did not have so much feedback. I dunno if this one will make the record or not. It is certainly strong enough to but it does not have anything really distinctive enough about it to make it stand out. (edit: this one is about as new as my underwear)

There you go. All in all I am excited to hear the new cd. After A Blessing and A Curse came out I was nervous for the band. It was so lacking in the rock. Now, I am excited again. Hopefully ABAAC was just a bump in the road.

6 thoughts on “ninebullets' take on the new Drive By Truckers songs:”

  1. I’m confused. One of These Days is on Pizza Deliverance already. Cool post though.

  2. Funny enough, I thought it was particularly strong at the Athens TDU shows:-)

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    Thanks muchly for this. Can’t wait to check it out. I’ll agree Blessing wasn’t the strongest record of their’s but I did enjoy it still.

    Anyways thanks again.

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