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Drive-By Truckers (from the album The Complete Dirty South available on ATO Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
The Complete Dirty South finds the Drive-By Truckers celebrating their fifth LP nearly 20 years after its release. A three-songwriter effort, dirty it is, especially the cuts coming from Patterson Hood, with his long-time partner Mike Cooley adding cuts that provide hooks for the album while third songwriter, Jason Isbell, begins to lay down the songwriting chops that would take him into a successful solo career. The Complete Dirty South is a record that is solid, loud, and proud.
A Mike Cooley song, “Carl Perkins Cadillac”, gives a history lesson about the early purveyors of American Rock’n’Roll, while Jason Isbell knocks it out with “The Day John Henry Died” and “Danko/Manuel”. Then there’s the Patterson Hood grit. “Tornadoes” is a heartbreaker about nature wreaking havoc while “Puttin’ People on the Moon” draws attention to the nation spending money on things far from home and far away from the people that need it. Hood’s is a personal songwriter, the album’s “The Sands of Iwo Jima” nodding to his uncle who did time in the Pacific Theatre while also heckling Hollywood.
Bonus cuts include three tracks that showed up on their B-side’s release The Fine Print, all great additions to the overall DBT catalog. And what a catalog it is. The Truckers remain curators of the American rock canon, from Punk to Classic Rock and all in-between, with The Complete Dirty South another reminder that the American Songbook swells grows with the help of Drive-By Truckers. (by Bryant Liggett)
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