When I wrote about the new Lucero album last year, I posed the question of whether or not it’s fair for a band to be required to stay within the walls its fans had erected around it. Now admittedly, I am guilty as everyone else when it comes to the Truckers, and I’ll probably never stop comparing everything they release to the trinity of Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day & The Dirty South. That said, I’ve finally accepted that there will never be another one of those albums from the band. Even if they explicitly sat down with the intention of making it, I don’t think it’s even in them anymore. So when the talk of Go-Go Boots started to hit the internet, I didn’t even get excited, and when “Used To Be A Cop” was released, even I was surprised with the amount of indifference I felt towards it.
So imagine my surprise when I got the album and honestly and genuinely liked it.
Go-Go Boots seems to be a mashup of the Truckers sound and the sounds they were making backing Betty Lavette and Booker T. Jones. The band calls it their “country, soul and murder ballads” album. I call it the most exciting thing to come out of the DBT camp since the opening moments of The Dirty South. Perhaps we’re gonna see a rebirth of the band, moving from that Southern rock sound we all knew and loved to a Muscle Shoals country soul band. After listening to Go-Go Boots more times than I’ve listened to Brighter Than Creations Dark, A Blessing and A Curse and The Big To Do combined, I think they could pull it off. Even that track that was initially met with a wall of indifference (“Used To Be A Cop”) has become one of my favorite tracks on the album.
Also, I’d like to address Shonna’s contributions to Go-Go Boots, “Dancin’ Ricky” and “Where’s Eddie”. In the past I’ve been known to say things like, “why in the fuck do they let her sing?” and “Holy crap! Shonna’s songs freaking suck”. So in the interest of fairness I’d like to take a moment to say that Shonna’s songs aren’t bad. While “Dancin’ Ricky” isn’t exactly my cup of tea, I don’t feel the need to hit the skip button with finger breaking force when it plays and, truth be told, “Where’s Eddie” could even be considered a good song. Yup, I said it. And I’m as surprised as you.
Anyhow, the album may or may not be up your alley, but if you are or ever were a Truckers fan you should definitely check it out.