Drive-By Truckers Announce New Fall Tour Dates + Film
Since the March release of their 12th studio LP, English Oceans, the Drive-By Truckers have barely had a moment's rest since embarking upon tour dates that have taken them throughout the U.S. and Europe. This September and October the band will make their way around the country, playing rock shows with St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Houndmouth, Lucero, Lee Bains & The Glory Fires and more.
All of these recent shows have manifested a new live experience for the band that will be showcased in their new live concert film that will be released this fall.
Both Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood penned songs independently that dovetailed brilliantly with each other on English Oceans, originating in a truly collaborative effort that the band has never utilized before.
"Every song on this record connects with another song," Hood says. "I noticed Cooley's got a line in 'Primer Coat' about 'apron strings,' and I have the exact same image in one of my songs, 'Hanging On.' It goes on and on and on like that on this record, and that's a pretty good sign for things, particularly given how different our temperaments are and our styles of writing are."
Looking at the accomplishments of English Oceans from the perspective of DBT's nearly three-decade history, both Cooley and Hood decline to hedge their bets on the quality of their latest work.
"You're always hesitant to say, 'Oh, this is the best record we've ever made,'" Cooley says, "because you always want to. And sometimes you say it, and sometimes you're right, and sometimes you think, 'Well, maybe I jumped the gun on that a little bit, I got excited.' But I think this just might be the best record we've ever made."
Hood concurs enthusiastically: "It's my favorite thing that we've ever done. I'm proud of our catalog - we always try to make as good a record as we can make. Sometimes things just work. This time, we made kind of a magical record. I've always felt that Decoration Day was our best record, and this is the first one that I think is a better record than that was. Every piece of the puzzle fit.
Head below for a full list of the Truckers' upcoming dates, they are all on sale now at http://drivebytruckers.com/
7/18 - Marysville, TN - The Shed
7/19 - Cincinnati, OH - Buckle Up Music Festival
9/4 - Dewey Beach, DE - Bottle & Cork
9/5 - Arrington, VA - Lockn'
9/6 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Ampitheater
9/12 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Ampitheater w/ North Mississippi Allstars
9/13 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Theater%
9/14 - Champaign, IL - Canopy Club%
9/16 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown#
9/17 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom#
9/18 - Dallas, TX - Southside Music Hall#
9/19 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall%
10/4 - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Holy City Hogs
10/10 - Atlanta , GA - Tabernacle$
10/11 - Birmingham, AL - Cask and Drum
10/ 17 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater$
10/ 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory$
10/ 19 - Albany, NY - Hart Theatre at The Egg
10/21 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met
10/22 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest Cafe
10/23 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall^
10/24 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater^
10/25 - Springfield, MO - Gillioz Theater^
10/28 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge^
10/29 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford^
10/30 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium^
11/1 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore^
# = Lucero
% = Lee Bains & The Glory Fires
$ = St. Paul & the Broken Bones
^ = Houndmouth