Thursday, January 12, 2006

Drive-by Trucker News

......DBT’s 7th album, A Blessing and a Curse, takes in all the elements that make them great and condenses them into the tightest, hardest rocking set of songs they’ve yet to produce. Their influences in the past have been immortalized in song, but here we see them integrated into the songs. The opening track “Feb 14” sounds like the best, most poetic song the Replacements never released and Cooley’s devastatingly great rocker “Gravity’s Gone” does the same thing with a Creedence Clearwater Revival backwoods twang. Isbell chimes in with “Easy on Yourself” a subtler yet more biting warning fable in the vein of 2003’s “Outfit.” And just when you think that these former class clowns have moved on to the honor society, they kick in with the hilarious “Aftermath USA” - as good a train-wreck, surmise-the-damage classic as anything from Waylon or Merle........

Hood discussed several aspects of the industry including touring, merchandising, negotiating record deals and booking shows.

"“Warner Brothers doesn’t have an office on Clayton Street, and that was an attraction for me moving here,” Hood said. “I thought I could move to Athens and just record records myself. The longer you can do it yourself, the better."
Jason Isbell - Whiskey Business

When did you know that music was going to be part of your life forever?

From the start. I didn’t think of it as something that could be a career, initially, because I was just five or six. I probably wanted to be an astronaut or a fireman. Music was just going to be something I always did. I figured out when I was a teenager that you could actually make money doing it, which is still strange to me.

Kind of like getting paid to breathe?

Right. Or even more like getting paid to masturbate.

Drive-By Truckers Bring Musical 'Blessings'

Here is the track list for "A Blessing and a Curse":

"Feb. 14"
"Gravity's Gone"
"Easy on Yourself"
"Aftermath USA"
"Little Bonnie"
"Space City"
"A Blessing and a Curse"
"A World of Hurt"

Thanks to Jenn over at Drive-by Truckers for the articles.


Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Cheers for the link to the Isbell interview. It was pretty fucking funny after having a couple at the bar and another getting the computer warmed up.

JPW said...

Remember, Mr. BnH:

Whiskey BEFORE Beer, never fear
Beer before Whiskey, mighty risky!