Articles Tagged: Drive-by Truckers

Certain Songs #363: Drive-by Truckers – “After The Scene Dies”

DBT Big To-Do Album: The Big To-Do
Year: 2010

I got lucky. Because I was a DJ on KFSR for much of the 1980s, wrote for various local zines, and eventually taught myself how to play the drums, I got to be part of Fresno’s music scene for about a decade.

Figure 1984, when bands started giving me tapes to play on the air through 1994, when I moved away.

I don’t know how many local bands I saw during that period, but despite being able to walk into the Wild Blue any early 1990s night that Don was on the door and watch whoever was playing, I still don’t think I saw everybody.

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Certain Songs #362: Drive-by Truckers – “Birthday Boy”

DBT Big To-Do Album: The Big-To Do
Year: 2010

The Drive-by Truckers capped their near-perfect post-millennial run with 2010’s The Big To-Do, which was one of my favorite albums in my favorite year for music since the century turned.

Apparently one of the last tracks written for it, Mike Cooley’s “Birthday Boy” is yet another in his long list of character studies.

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Certain Songs #361: Drive-by Truckers – “That Man I Shot”

brighter-than-creations-dark Album: Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
Year: 2008

There’s a reason that we demonize the people we go to war against. It’s to make it easier to think of them as “enemy combatants” and “casualties” as opposed to “human beings we are trying to kill.”

But, of course, no matter the justification for the war, no matter the righteousness of the war, no matter how the evil the enemy, they’re still “human beings we are trying to kill.”

That’s what “That Man I Shot” is getting at.

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Certain Songs #360: Drive-by Truckers – “The Righteous Path”

brighter-than-creations-dark Album: Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
Year: 2008

Despite the loss of Jason Isbell, the Drive-by Truckers kept rolling along, and their 2008 album, Brighter Than Creation’s Dark was a definite rebound, despite being their most stripped-down album since Pizza Deliverance.

So naturally, my favorite song on the whole record — Patterson Hood’s “The Righteous Path” — was the most rockingest. But I swear it’s because it’s got my favorite lyric.

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Certain Songs #359: Drive-by Truckers – “Feb. 14”

DBT Blessing Album: A Blessing and a Curse
Year: 2006

The first Drive-by Truckers album of the 2000s to not have The South as the focal point, A Blessing and a Curse has always been — somewhat unfairly — slagged for feeling somewhat half-baked compared to the rest of their stellar catalog.

That said, most bands would kill to kick off one of their weaker albums with a foot-stomping alternate universe hit single like “Feb 14.”

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