Friday, February 08, 2008

DBT Grammy Week in Review - 2/8/08

Whew! Lots of goodness coming in the next few weeks.


1st: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AVA HOOD (a day late).

Here's some Dolly for you, Ava!


The Home Front Tour Kicks off next week. Rock Shows!

It's Grammy time Y'all!

Via Daniel on the Yahoo List:

dbts : Message: Grammy Telecast Info:

"Just in from your friends at the Grammys. This came to me in an email this evening.


'Dear Friends,

I am very pleased to announce that for the first time in GRAMMY Awards history, our Pre-Telecast awards presentation on February 10 will be broadcast live online. By logging on to from 1 - 3:30 p.m. Pacific time, Academy members and music fans will be able to view awards given in each category announced during the Pre-Tel. We now have a public platform to showcase artists and performers in categories announced prior to the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast - providing Recording Academy members, in every genre, the opportunity to view the results in real time.'
Here's the link:

Go get a little gold plated paper weight, Bettye and DBT!

Here's Bettye showing up on one of my favorite progressive blogs:

Crooks and Liars � C&L’s Late Nite Music Club with Bettye LaVette:

"A few days ago, one of my oldest friends, Denise, did a gut-wrenching story on blues singer Bettye LaVette and her new album The Scene of the Crime. Denise’s story is in the latest Crawdaddy and if the heartfelt blues is what rings your bell I want to urge you to listen to Bettye’s version of this Elton John-Bernie Taupin song from the 70’s and then go read Denise’s story."

Crawdaddy! - Feature Story - Bettye LaVette: When the Blues Catch up to You:

"I'd certainly heard of the battle of Bettye LaVette, a struggle that lasted for decades and ended with the singer's triumphant comeback, but I hadn't really heard Bettye LaVette until one day fairly recently. The morning started with me putting on The Scene of the Crime, LaVette's latest disc on which she's accompanied by the Drive-By Truckers. It ended with me hunched in a chair, sobbing into my hands."
"Recorded at FAME Studios in Hood's hometown, he assembled the studio personnel, including his band as well as old-soul hands, like his dad and bassist David Hood (who played on LaVette's obscured Child of the Seventies album) and keyboard legend, Spooner Oldham. Together, they created a bed of Southern comfort upon which LaVette laid her smoke and honey voice.
YouTube - Bettye LaVette: "Take Me As I Am"

If Bettye/DBT win the Grammy then its the greatest award show in the history of the world.

If Bettye/DBT DON'T win the Grammy then that shite is rigged and it sucks arse fiercely.

Just the way things are gonna be.


Please let us do take a moment to sing the praises of DBT Jenn. The greatest GSD woman out there.

the hoyden: And Now Let Us Sing the Praises:

"of DBT Jenn and other GSD (Get Shit Done) Women

You know what I'm talking about. I'm sure you have some in your own life. Women who, though they may not have the most high profile, well paying or glamorous jobs, are totally getting it done. They cut through red tape, speak the language and just in general make the world work. Women who personify that seemingly rarest of all modern qualities, complete competence.

This sprang to mind recently with the release of the new Drive-By Truckers' CD 'Brighter Than Creation's Dark'. (I'm still getting to know it, an actual review will be forthcoming.)"

BTCD debuts at #37 on the Top 200 charts. This is the highest debut for any DBT record. BTCD peaked at #6 on the Independent Albums chart.

'Juno' Unseats Keys From Atop Album Chart:

"Other debuts this week include the Disney compilation 'Radio Disney: Jams 10' at No. 18 with 21,000, country newcomer Chuck Wicks' 'Starting Now' (RCA) at No. 24 with 20,000, Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers' 'Brighter Than Creation's Dark' (New West) at No. 36 with 16,000, Brushfire/Universal artist Matt Costa's 'Unfamiliar Faces' at No. 59 with 11,000 and singer/songwriter and 'One Tree Hill' star Kate Voegele's re-release of 'Don't Look Away' (MySpace Records) at No. 63 with 10,000."

Drive-By Truckers: Light It Up on JamBase:

"The Drive-By Truckers are an American treasure. You could chisel their likenesses into rock's Mount Rushmore, somewhere next to Bruce Springsteen and The Black Crowes, and never flinch while working that hammer. Where the marrow and muscle have been drained from so much that calls itself rock, DBT stands dirty and defiant, solid as a brick shithouse and fragrant as your first backseat grope. They're as human as they come, stumbling towards redemption with one foot planted in joy and the other in fear. Their music will make you lose your freakin' mind and inspire fat, healing tears if you let it inside."

"'That was a biggie,' says Hood, referring to their Fillmore debut a few years back. 'As a kid I grew up worshipping rock 'n' roll and reading all the big magazines. I grew up in the era of Creem and Rolling Stone was a little different then, or I perceived it to be anyway in my teenage head. The Fillmore was always the landmark. Each time we get to play there is a big deal. I don't take it for granted, that's for sure.'"

PopMatters Music Feature | Drive-By Truckers: The Burrs in Rock 'n' Roll’s Saddle:

"“Morning, shithead,” Hood says with a hoarse laugh to his friend and musical partner of the last 22 years. “Technology’s how you got all them kids.”"

Andy Gill wrote the following 5 star review of BCTD for The Independent;

Album: Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West) - Reviews, Music -

Gill was a member of The Gang of Four: - Gang Of Four - - Other -


Papa Bear and the Fuck-up

Drive-By Truckers: Brighter Than Creation's Dark: Pitchfork Record Review:

"As guys wrestle with the encroaching responsibilities of work and family, they still often romanticize or cling to their shit-kicking youth; the Drive-By Truckers' principal songwriters, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, represent each side of this coin. Using the broadest strokes imaginable, gravelly and grizzly Hood is the endlessly vigilant, fiercely protective papa bear, while laconic slick-talker Cooley the hell-raising, yarn-spinning fuck-up."

Swampland : Reviews:

"The Drive By Truckers' latest CD, Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, marks a new era for the band. With the recent departure of guitarist/songwriter Jason Isbell, the Truckers replaced Isbell with Athens guitarist/pedal steel extraordinaire John Neff. Considering the wise addition of Neff, these songs carry a strong country foundation. This latest release contains a wider, more universal musical/lyrical scope that transcends north, south, east or west."

DBT is showing up everywhere. Get use to it. Page 2 : Face-Off: A late wake-up call:

"This is true in the NCAA Tournament. This is not true in Olympic basketball. If we don't win every game by 20, the tournament is a failure. I don't care if that seems unreasonable or unfair. I don't care if 'the world is catching up,' or if Del Harris is coaching China, or if the best point guard in the NBA is often a Canadian who resembles the second guitar player from a Drive-By Trucker tribute band. This is just about the only thing we have left, and now we clearly don't even have this. Even if we somehow bounce back and win the gold, it's over for us as a nation; this is like when the Spanish Armada got iced in 1588. We might as well start caring about soccer."

Current TV

Baby Dee Drive-By // Current


Check out EZB rocking his kit.

MEINL CYMBALS... INSPIRE: Artists : Brad "Easy B" Morgan



Via Brad on the Yahoo List - Video - Video - Teen rises to fame channeling Johnny Cash


But she will be playing via telecast for jolly old.

Amy Winehouse's request for visa denied :

"In October, Winehouse and Fielder-Civil, were arrested in Norway on charges of marijuana possession, for which they were fined. In November, Winehouse's Norwegian attorney, Ole Kvelstad, said her payment of the fine amounted to a guilty plea, which he said could have serious consequences if she sought to enter the U.S."


Madonna Is The Richest Woman In Music, But Who Is #2? - Entertainment on The Huffington Post


Wouldn't the more obvious be Paul... or Ringo....

This Beetle Really Rocks:

"A new species of beetle that appears as if wearing a tuxedo has been named in honor of the late rock 'n' roll legend Roy Orbison and his widow Barbara.

Entomologist Quentin Wheeler of Arizona State University announced the discovery and naming of the beetle, now dubbed Orectochilus orbisonorum, during a Roy Orbison Tribute Concert on Jan. 25."

Led Zeppelin guitarist wants world tour

"TOKYO - Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said Monday he was ready to take the iconic band on a world tour after burning up the stage at last month's reunion concert in London. But it probably won't be before September.

'The amount of work we put into O2 was what you would normally put into a world tour anyway,' Page, 64, said of the intense rehearsing the band did for the Dec. 10 concert at London's O2 Arena."

UB40's singer Ali Campbell quits after 30 years :

"LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Ali Campbell is leaving the reggae band UB40 after selling tens of millions of records worldwide in a career spanning nearly 30 years, a spokesman for the group said on Friday.

major labels: the problem with music:

"Whenever I talk to a band who are about to sign with a major label, I always end up thinking of them in a particular context. I imagine a trench, about four feet wide and five feet deep, maybe sixty yards long, filled with runny, decaying shit. I imagine these people, some of them good friends, some of them barely acquaintances, at one end of this trench. I also imagine a faceless industry lackey at the other end, holding a fountain pen and a contract waiting to be signed.

Nobody can see what's printed on the contract. It's too far away, and besides, the shit stench is making everybody's eyes water. The lackey shouts to everybody that the first one to swim the trench gets to sign the contract. Everybody dives in the trench and they struggle furiously to get to the other end. Two people arrive simultaneously and begin wrestling furiously, clawing each other and dunking each other under the shit. Eventually, one of them capitulates, and there's only one contestant left. He reaches for the pen, but the Lackey says, 'Actually, I think you need a little more development. Swim it again, please. Backstroke.'

And he does, of course."



David Johnsen said...

I like that Andy Gill's review starts out talking about DBT in the "storyteller-rock" genre instead of "Southern rock" (though he gets to that later). But isn't it ironic that a reviewer who highlights the storytelling makes the mistake of assuming Patterson wrote every song? Hood gets credit for three Cooley songs!

Townser said...

Regarding Bettye, I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for her to win the Grammy. As you surely know, mainstream America and it's critics rarely recognize great music much less actually reward it! Besides, who needs a little gold plated paperweight anyway.

AAW said...

I agree, David. The Brits have a WAY better understanding of American music than Americans do. Though, it was sloppy editing to contribute all of Cooley's songs to Hood.

Towner: I'll refer to my statement in the post re: They win = Grammys good. They lose = Grammys are rigged.

Their pocket books are who needs a
'little gold plated paperweight'. IT would seriously improved cash flow.