Drive-By Truckers release new album today; on tour now

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Sunday, June 5, 2022

Drive-By Truckers release their 14th studio album, Welcome 2 Club XIII, available everywhere now via ATO Records on limited edition vinyl, CD, and all digital formats.

Welcome 2 Club XIII includes such recently released singles as “The Driver,” “Every Single Storied Flameout,” and the album’s swinging centerpiece, “Welcome 2 Club XIII,” all available now at all DSPs and streaming services; the latter track – which pays homage to the Muscle Shoals honky-tonk where founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley got their start – is joined by an official music video streaming now via YouTube.





Welcome 2 Club XIII – which premiered yesterday with an exclusive feature interview in Garden & Gun – has been met with early critical applause from media outlets around the world.


“Recorded live, Welcome 2 Club XIII sizzles with the Truckers’ well-earned grit and intensity… It’s thrilling, wistful, heart-pounding, and fist-pumping stuff, everything that makes Drive-By Truckers one of America’s most enduring rock bands.”


"The album is tinted with nostalgia for the early days of the Truckers, especially on lead single 'Welcome 2 Club XIII,' a vignette of a night at the venue. It’s also a shift from the Truckers’ overtly political previous three records...Hood calls it 'a relief' to pull back on Club XIII. After all, the Truckers are a rock band first."

– Vulture

“Post-covid, the band again mirror the culture around them –

this time a world taking stock of a different kind of trauma.”


"Welcome 2 Club XIII captures the beautiful weariness of having lived...

Throughout the album, Drive-By Truckers explore memory’s textures,

its sharpest edges and fuzziest corners, and what it means to exist in this world we inhabit."

– No Depression

"Refreshed and reinvigorated"


"Drive-By Truckers keep it heavy and honest on rockin' Welcome 2 Club XIII."

– Glide

“Recorded quickly and with little fuss, Welcome 2 Club XIII sounds raw and weary, as if the past couple of years aren't the only thing that's weighed on the band; the decades have, too…

But they never sound defeated. They're still in for the long haul.”


“Drive-By Truckers are still one of the best modern American rock bands.”


"The DBTs are arguably stronger than ever, 26 years on...True to their mantra,

the DBTs still remain provocatively expressive."

– Making a Scene

Arriving as Drive-By Truckers enters its 26th year, Welcome 2 Club XIII marks a sharp departure from the trenchant commentary of The Unraveling and The New OK (both released in 2020). Produced by longtime Drive-By Truckers collaborator David Barbe and mainly recorded at his studio in Athens, GA, Welcome 2 Club XIII took shape over the course of three frenetic days in summer 2021 – a doubly extraordinary feat considering that the band had no prior intentions of making a new album. Featuring background vocals from the likes of Margo Price, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, and Mississippi-bred singer/songwriter Schaefer Llana, Welcome 2 Club XIII was recorded live with most songs cut in one or two takes, fully harnessing Drive-By Truckers’ freewheeling energy. Songs like the softly stunning “Wilder Days” see the band – whose lineup also includes keyboardist/guitarist Jay Gonzalez, bassist Matt Patton, and drummer Brad Morgan – looking back on their formative years with both deadpan pragmatism and profound tenderness, instilling each song with the kind of lived-in detail that invites bittersweet reminiscence of your own misspent youth.

“Cooley and I have been playing together for 37 years now,” Hood says. “That first band might have failed miserably on a commercial level, but I’m really proud of what we did back then. It had a lot to do with who we ended up becoming.”

Drive-By Truckers are currently celebrating Welcome 2 Club XIII with a marathon live schedule, including top-billed festival dates, and North American, European, and UK headline tours. For complete details and ticket information, please visit


LIVE 2022


3 - Antwerp, Belgium - De Roma †

5 - Raalte, Netherlands - Ribs & Blues *

6 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso †

7 - Brighton, UK - Chalk †

8 - London, UK - O2 Forum †

9 - Leeds, UK - Leeds University Stylus †

11 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street †

12 - Glasgow, UK - SWG3 TV Studio †

14 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 (Jupiler Zaal) †

15 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie †

17 - Mendizabala, Vitoria-Gasteiz - Azkena Rock Festival *

19 - Eridge Park, UK - Black Deer Festival *


14 - Breckenridge, CO - Riverwalk Center

15 - Denver, CO - Levitt Pavilion

16 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads

19 - Omaha, NE - Falconwood Park

20 - Minneapolis, MN - Utepils Brewing

22 - Des Moines, IA - Hoyt Sherman Place

23 - Dayton, OH - Dayton Masonic Center

24 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bell’s Beer Garden

27 - Fort Wayne, IN - The Clyde Theatre

29 -St. Louis, MO - Open Highway Music Festival *

30 - Maryville, TN - The Shed

31 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater


2 - Virginia Beach, VA - Elevation 27

4 - Deerfield, MA - Tree House Brewing Company

5 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom

8 - Patchogue, NY - Patchogue Theatre

10 - Isle of Palms, SC - The Windjammer

11 - Isle of Palms, SC - The Windjammer

12 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre

13 - Pelham, TN - The Caverns

20 - Redmond, WA – CHOMP! (Free Show) *


10 - Jasper, AL – Foothills Festival (Free Show) *

17 -Louisville, KY -Bourbon & Beyond *

* Festival Appearance

† w/Special Guest Jerry Joseph