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***2016 RECAP*** MUSIC REVIEW | Drive-By Truckers – American Band (2016)

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At the turn of the century, Drive-By Truckers released their double LP breakthrough opus, Southern Rock Opera. 15 years later, they’re back with a sequel of sorts in American Band.  While Rock Opera tackled the dark past of their southern homeland, from the Civil War to civil rights, their latest tightens much of the focus on time to the present day, while expand geographically to the entire United States.

From Black Lives Matter, to gun control, to border issues ad immigration, to the conservative right wing, to exposing the ignorance of a rose coloured nostalgia for the good old days, core song writers Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have exploited their southern rock, 60s soul and (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | Drive-By Truckers – American Band (2016)

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At the turn of the century, Drive-By Truckers released their double LP breakthrough opus, Southern Rock Opera. 15 years later, they’re back with a sequel of sorts in American Band.  While Rock Opera tackled the dark past of their southern homeland, from the Civil War to civil rights, their latest tightens much of the focus on time to the present day, while expand geographically to the entire United States.

From Black Lives Matter, to gun control, to border issues ad immigration, to the conservative right wing, to exposing the ignorance of a rose coloured nostalgia for the good old days, core song writers Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have exploited their southern rock, 60s soul and (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | Lucero – All a Man Should Do (2015)

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Classic country grit is dragged into 2015 with Lucero’s approach to a genre they obviously know inside and out. All a Man Should Do is the kind of post modern twist on something that can only be accomplished when a band has faithfully learned all the rules before they start to break them.


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MUSIC REVIEW | Molly Hatchet – Molly Hatchet (1978)

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“So I never saw Lynyrd Skynyrd, but I sure saw Molly Hatchet”.  And with that one line, courtesy of Patterson Hood in the Drive-By Truckers Let There Be Rock, I had to hear what Molly Hatchet was all about.  Which I did, via Molly Hatchet.eroes to Zeroes.


OK, full disclosure, before pressing play on opening track Bounty Hunter, I assumed Molly Hatchet was one chick.  One chick who sang country music.  Now I know how all those dopes feel when they get laughed at for thinking Lynyrd Skynyrd was actually a bloke named Leonard, or that Jethro Tull is some singer song writer.  But it doesn’t take long to get over my embarrassment, because, Bounty Hunter is a chunky slice of ass kicking southern rock that could improve any mood.

The ‘southern’ in southern rock really gets a workout in Gator Country.  String’s are  a-pluckin’,  accents are a-drawlin’, and I assume plenty of moonshine is a-consumed by the kind of people who inspired this song.  And in the tradition of southern rock, Gator Country (and later Dreams I’ll Never See) proves that there’s no such thing as a guitar solo that’s too long, as long as it rocks hard enough.

With a boogie rhythm, blues inspired guitars and a plenty of honkey to be tonked, Big Apple is the kind of song that could be a genuine example of its genre, or a big piss take of its genre.  It all just depends on who’s performing it.

When I hear a song like The Price You Pay or I’ll Be Running, I know why this band was influential enough for Hood to reference them in one of his own songs decades later.  The characters of songs like these are the same kinds of characters who populate so much of Hood’s music.  Guys from the wrong side of the tracks who revel in excess and have no interest in getting to that better side.

A lot of Molly Hatchet lives and dies by its riffs.  All of the highlights are built around the guitars and everything they have to offer.  Cheatin’ Woman has so much attitude and swagger, long before a single lyric is sung.  The guitars in Molly Hatchet have just as much personality as the lyrics.

With Molly Hatchet, Molly Hatchet delivers good, driving, solid southern rock.  And really, it’s a simple formula that works best when kept to its simplest.  Which these guys deliver.  Noodling solos you can chug beers to.  Sometimes, that’s all you need.

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MOVIE REVIEW | The Secret to a Happy Ending (2009)

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“Rock and roll means well, but it can’t help tellin’ young boys lies”.

For most of my life, country music seemed like the least appealing genre of music ever committed to tape. Then I found a band called Drive-By Truckers and realised that country music can be kind of amazing. For 25 odd years now, they’ve been plugging away, building an ever growing following and getting more and more successful. It’s that slow and steady rise that makes the Drive-By Truckers story such a great one to tell with The Secret to a Happy Ending.


Focusing mainly on singers and guitarists Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell, it’s a history lesson on the band, how they came to be and the ups and downs along the way, leading up to the firing of Isbell. Sometimes, seeing how art is made can take some of the magic and mystery out of it, but the southern story telling charm of every Trucker means this look behind the curtain gives their songs even more dimension. (more…)