Drive-By Truckers Sign to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records

Tenth LP, The Big To-Do, due March 16th

Dec 10, 2009
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The imitable Muscle Shoals septet known as the Drive-By Truckers are bar flies that always keep a group huddled around them. They spin yarns about the "duality of the southern thing" and sing hymns to rock'n'roll good livin'. Like many of the band's down-on-their-luck protagonists, the veteran unit got their teeth knocked in a few times, only to fight back and have yet another tale to tell. DBT's tenth full-length, The Big To-Do, sees the group roaring back for more revelry on March 16th. This time it will be on their new label, ATO (the imprint co-founded by Dave Matthews).

According to frontman Patterson Hood, the album is "more rocking than anything we've done since disc two of [2001's] Southern Rock Opera." Hood and Mike Cooley continue to be the primary songwriters, while bassist, Shonna Tucker, once again pens two original track for the album. Sounds delightful. I especially want to hear "This Fucking Job" and "The Fourth Night of Drinking." Is "Daddy Learned to Fly" a sequel to Brighter Than Creation's Dark's "Daddy Needs a Drink?" I can't wait to find out.

The inspiration for the David Barbe-produced (Sugar, Bettye LaVette) LP came to the group during their extended time spent touring. "We've often set our songs and albums in different periods of time, but this one finds us directly in our present. Riding all through the highways of America (and Europe) trying to make sense of a very different world than the one we grew up in," says Hood on the DBT's website. "I don't write a lot of songs on the road, but I did more than usual on this album and many more were inspired by or set there, either in a literal sense or something I witnessed or heard about while I was out there." DBT's prolific and surprisingly consistent catalog just got one album deeper.

Check out the mouth-watering tracklist and DBT's first few U.S. tour dates below:


The Big To-Do:

01 Daddy Learned to Fly
02 The Fourth Night of My Drinking
03 Birthday Boy
04 Drag the Lake Charlie
05 The Wig He Made Her Wear
06 You Got Another
07 This Fucking Job
08 Get Downtown
09 After the Scene Dies
10 (It's Gonna Be) I Told You So
11 Santa Fe
12 The Flying Wallendas
13 Eyes Like Glue
14 Girls Who Smoke (vinyl only bonus track)

Drive-By Truckers:

01-14 Athens, GA - 40 Watt
01-15 Athens, GA - 40 Watt
01-16 Athens, GA - 40 Watt
01-28 Huntsville, AL - Crossroads Music Hall
01-29 Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
01-30 Tuscaloosa, AL -  Jupiter Bar & Grill
02-11 Greenville, SC - Handlebar
02-12 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
02-13 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
02-14 Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
02-25 Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre
02-26 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
02-27 Charlottesville, VA -  Jefferson Theatre

(www.drivebytruckers.com)



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