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Christopher A. Chapman

Chris Chapman of Birmingham, AL

Drive-By Truckers looking good on national TV

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Nice stuff. I think Kevin (my friend from Muscle Shoals) will like this one very much. Glad to see the band promoting their new album on Conan's show. Check out the band's web site for links to more music. Their music is on Amazon.

Finally, let me quote the 4 of 5 Stars review by Robert Christgau for Rolling Stone from January 24:

Prospects were poor for what turns out to be an overflowing song bag of an
album by Lynyrd Skynyrd's arty nephews. Their last winner was 2004's The Dirty
South...

...But Mike Cooley is on his game — the pro-bad-girl "Lisa's Birthday" and pro-weird-guy "Bob" shoot exceptionally straight. And knowing he has to carry the team, Patterson Hood executes —scene-setters about domestic life as celestial respite, endless struggle and occasion to drink; dark-siders about crystal meth (named) and suicide (implied); memoir of an opening act on the road; and two agonizing Iraq songs, one of which sinks pained voice into guitar attack, strength against strength. You could argue that the Truckers should have revved up this Skynyrd side more often. But instead they let the songwriting speak for itself, and it sings loud and clear.

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