DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – LIVE FROM AUSTIN, TX.

Through 25 years, two lineup arrangements and eight albums, it’s really hard to believe that September 26, 2008 was the Drive-By Truckers’ first ever appearance on PBS’s Austin City Limits. Seizing the opportunity, Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood and Co. put on a show that, while more sober than most, is as good as I’ve seen from them.

The pressed collars and the lower volumes allows the strength of the songs themselves to really stand out to the point where I’ve had to rethink some songs I didn’t even like (“Puttin’ People On The Moon”, “Space City”) prior to watching the DVD. I was also really happy to see personal faves like “Zip City” and “The Living Bubba” make it into the performance. One real high point of the performance has to be “18 Wheels of Love”, which also happens to be “the final performance of the song ever”, where Patterson adds another chapter to his mother & stepfather’s story that is almost too good to be true (but you’ll have to buy the album to hear it).

While the cd of this release is good enough, the real value is the multi-angle wide-screen HD video/DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound DVD. The dvd begs for you to pour a whiskey drink, turn the volume up to 20, sit back, close your eyes and enjoy. While it won’t live up to a real life DBT show, it will certainly help fill the void in between them.

Drive-By Truckers – A Ghost To Most
Drive-By Truckers – Puttin’ People On The Moon
Drive-By Truckers – Zip City

Drive-By Truckers Official Site, Drive-By Truckers on myspace, Buy Live From Austin, Tx.

BLOODKIN – BABY, THEY TOLD US WE WOULD RISE AGAIN

Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again is the Athens, Ga. based Bloodkin’s seventh album, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of them. Bloodkin is; Daniel Hutchens (vocals, guitars), Eric Carter (guitars, backing vocals), Eric Martinez (guitars, backing vocals), William Tonks (guitars, dobros, backing vocals), David Nickel (bass) and Aaron Phillips (drums). When I first heard the album I was immediately drawn in by their similar feel to that of The Drive-By Truckers.

A shared home base, a vast array of guitar players and a common sound to DBT is not where the Bloodkin/DBT common road ends, though. I’d guess that the two bands are kindred spirits as illustrated in the liner notes by Patterson Hood himself when he writes, “This is music reflecting not just the pain and suffering that accompanies life but also the love and beauty that hopefully fights for it’s rightful place alongside it. Life affirming Rock and Roll in the finest tradition. This is music to LIVE with and it don’t get any better than that…” That could just as easily describe almost any Truckers album. The common path doesn’t end there, either, since the album was produced by veteran DBT producer David Barbe and the album features Mike Cooley sitting in on banjo on the track “The Viper”.

Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again is devoid of any of the trappings of the corporate rock sound. A Southern rock album that’s pure, honest and Essential Listening.

Bloodkin – Easter Eggs
Bloodkin – Place To Crash
Bloodkin – Little Margarita

Bloodkin’s Official Site, Bloodkin on myspace, Buy Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again