When it comes to alt-country, few bands are as seasoned, well respected and appreciated more than the Drive-By Truckers. The Georgia based band got its start in 1996 and while some of the members have changed throughout the years the band has remained as one of the best in its genre.
The band consists of Patterson Hood (vocals, guitar), Mike Cooley (vocals, guitar), Matt Patton (bass), Jay Gonzalez (keyboards) and Brad Morgan (drums). Hood and Cooley are the only original members but have kept the band’s unique, three guitar sound alive.
Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album, English Oceans dropped March 3 of this year. Most of Drive-By Truckers‘ music is written by Hood, but this changed with English Oceans. Cooley wrote 6 of the 13 tracks for English Oceans creating a sort of dialogue between the band’s long-time members. Fans on iTunes have given English Oceans a four out of five star rating. One fan (Jason1225) wrote:
“This is Mike Cooley’s strongest and most consistent song writing in years. Not only is this true given he has more songs on this record, but the guitar solos he plays (not just in his songs mind you) are really strong. Usually I like Patterson’s stuff…but some of these feel like leftovers from Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. The song “Hanging On” is especially unfortunate. Otherwise, this is overall a pretty solid album. It dangles in the middle of country and rock territory, never really going too far into either. Honestly, that is their thing, and they deliver on it once again.”
The truckers will be performing in the northwest April 23 in Seattle at Showbox SoDo and April 24 in Portland at Roseland Theater. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to the Seattle show, this Sunday (4/13) between 4 and 6 p.m. on “The Big Show,” with Elliott the Engineer. Tune-in for a chance to win!