For all intents and purposes, the band Drive-By Truckers could also be called “Changing Lineup.” Over the years, quite a few musicians have entered and left the building of this acclaimed group, including the current darling of the Americana world, Jason Isbell. But the heart of the Truckers is still true, with original members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley continuing to hold the reins.
Early on, when the band formed in the then-burgeoning music scene of Athens, Ga., the Truckers brought a bit of a Punk edge to their Neo-Southern Rock. Eventually, the Truckers evolved and recorded the double concept album Southern Rock Opera, a project that is considered a classic amongst fans. Since then, the Truckers have released a string of albums that have drawn critical acclaim. The group now consists of Hood and Cooley, along with Jay Gonzales, Brad Morgan and Matt Patton.
The Truckers are currently working on their 14th full-length release, but it won’t be ready until next year. Until then, fans can spend some time with the scrappy, long out-of-print live album from 1999, Alabama Ass Whuppin’, which was remastered and re-released in September. In promo materials for the re-issue, Hood says, “It’s a documentation of a period in time that I wouldn’t go back to for all the money in the world, but I’m proud of the shows that we played and the songs that we wrote.”
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS play Friday, Nov. 8 with Old 97's at Madison Theater in Covington, Ky. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.