Friday, April 03, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 4/3/09


Check out Booker T and DBT in the studio:

Then, listen to Native New Yorker:

Booker T. Jones: HuffPost Premiere: "Native New Yorker"

You're welcome.


Why can't paid 'journalist' do just a little bit of research. Few people would associate DBT with soul music? Really? Soul is the teat from whence they suckled as babes.


"Two years ago, Booker T. Jones went to South by Southwest and ended up performing with his old band and connecting with a new one. After playing a showcase with the MG's—the Stax Records house band that backed Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and others and became famous for instrumentals like 'Green Onions'—Booker met a member of the group that would back him on his first solo album in almost two decades.

The band he found is one that few would associate with soul music: the Drive-By Truckers.

'I knew I wanted that attitude before I found the band,' Booker, 64, says over a glass of red wine at a bar in Manhattan's East Village. 'This album has a lot to do with attitude. The MG's were never an in-your-face band—the MG's is a groove band. But this is in your face, this raw, gritty sound that's too loud.'"

Turn off the shuffle: 25 great albums that work best when listened to from start to finish | Music | A.V. Club:

"24. Drive-By Truckers, Southern Rock Opera (2001)
Neo-Southern-rock act Drive-By Truckers had only two obscure indie records and one incendiary live album under their belts when they decided to swing for the fences. Raising money from a group of colleagues and fans, the band recorded the double-disc Southern Rock Opera, a sprawling meditation on redneck identity politics and how the looming specter of mortality makes life—and rock ’n’ roll—more meaningful. Though less song-oriented than the DBT albums before and after it, Southern Rock Opera is no less fiery, and it contains some of Patterson Hood’s most personal reflections on how he’s come to embrace his Southern heritage while rejecting some of its more negative connotations. In the spoken-word piece “The Three Great Alabama Icons,” Hood weaves together his personal histories with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bear Bryant, and George Wallace into a complex statement on prejudice that’s like a rock ’n’ roll version of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis. Like the album as a whole, it’s storytelling on a much higher plane than most shit-kicker rock bands ever aspire to."

A rarity: Purgatory Line live:


Check out Wyontt Meanler doing a couple of inspired DBT covers from the comfort of his dining room:

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"The Dexateens nod to Crazy Horse, The Flying Burttio Bros and Exile On Main Street-era Stones while weaving their own distinctive spell." 4 stars Mojo

Tuscaloosa, AL - The Dexateens announce their first tour in support of their new album, Singlewide, due May 12th on Skybucket / Cornelius Chapel Records. The seventeen-date tour starts in their hometown of Tuscaloosa, AL and wraps up in Nashville, TN. The tour will be a co-bill with The Features. Those Darlins will open on select dates.

Singlewide will contain a download card of alternative versions of several of the songs on the album as well as video content. "Down Low" and "Trail" are available for preview on the band's Myspace page:

Promotional video for Singlewide:

Tour dates:
May 2 Tuscaloosa, AL Mellow Mushroom
May 8 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
May 9 Atlanta, GA The Earl
May 11 Charlotte, NC The Milestone
May 12 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
May 13 Charlottesville, VA iS Venue
May 14 New York, NY Pianos
May 15 Cambridge, MA TT the Bears
May 16 Philadelphia, PA Khyber
May 17 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall
May 19 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
May 20 Chicago, IL Schuba's Tavern
May 21 Newport, KY Southgate House-The Parlour
May 22 Lexington, KY The Dame
May 23 Knoxville, TN Barley's
May 24 Nashville, TN The Basement
Jun 6 Chattanooga, TN Riverbend Festival Bud

May 8th The Features open
May 11th - May 23rd co-bill with The Features
May 11th - 13th & May 19th-23rd Those Darlins open
_______ Blogs - DEXATEENS tuscaloosa CRUSH CANCER april 10th - Dexateens MySpace Blog:

"Brian is raising a family with three girls and he is one of the kindest people I know. He is still working his job and carrying on with life, despite the sickness that is coming from his chemo. I just found out that the Penetrators have had a show on the books, at Egans, for many months prior to his diagnosis. They have decided to play the date and will be performing the week after our benefit, on April the 18th. Punk rock.

If you cant be one of the 100 to fit into egans on april the 10th, and you feel led to do so, please donate via paypal at"

Tuscaloosa Trifecta: Dexateens, Cecil Hurt, and Deontay Wilder -

I'm not sure if you guys are really paying attention, but Tuscaloosa is on a roll.

Immediately you think I'm talking about UA athletics. Sure, it's easy to point to the football program and use it as a shining example with a recent undefeated regular season and back-to-back No. 1 recruiting classes. You don't have to look much further to bring up an SEC Championship in gymnastics, a top 5 showing in softball, a baseball team that simply mashes the pea, a golf prodigy committing to Alabama, and an obvious attempt at scoring a hot commodity as a men's head basketball coach. Anthony Grant or not, Mal Moore and Co. have made their statement.

But something else has risen from the soil of Tuscaloosa featuring three local staples that speaks volumes to where T-Town is in the whole order of things.

I'm talking about the Dexateens, our own Cecil Hurt, and bronze medal-winning boxer Deontay Wilder coming together for a few minutes of video utopia.

On May 12, the Dexateens release their latest album "Singlewide," and put together a little promotional video at Skyy Boxing featuring the members of the band, Cecil, and Deontay. You can find it on YouTube, TideSports,, and right here in this little blog here.

Talk about a combined representation of sheer awesome. Really look closely at it. You've got a local band quite possibly on the cusp of taking the leap to national recognition (good luck, fellas), a local Olympic hero on the path to professional boxing success, and a well-known, well-respected, local sports authority that has been a cornerstone of The Tuscaloosa News sports department since 1982. It's the true Tuscaloosa trifecta.

The more I watch it, the more I absolutely love it. So I will share this with you. I will also add a couple more video items for your perusal ... one a T-News product following Deontay's Olympic journey and the other a terrific Dexateens music video shot at the Capitol School.

Muscle Shoals Sound

Warm sendoff for hall inductee Oldham | - Florence, AL:

"TUSCUMBIA - It's been more than two months since Spooner Oldham learned he would be inducted in the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

On Saturday, prior to an event held in his honor at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Oldham admitted that the news still hasn't sunk in.

'This helps me get in the right frame of mind,' Oldham said. 'There are so many good choices, but they chose me.'"

Studio success due to the people, songs | - Florence, AL:

"One of Johnson's partners in the studio, bassist David Hood, said it was the people who worked inside the concrete block building who made the studio so successful."

A little bit rock 'n' roll | - Florence, AL:

"Pop/rock artist Stephen Craig never went to senior prom and didn't play organized team sports like most boys.

But he said his life, which is deeply rooted in a musical legacy, was completely normal.

Craig, the 25-year-old son of Marie Osmond and nephew of Donny Osmond, released his debut album 'That's What You Get' in 2003 in Japan. The album was recorded in the Shoals at Noise Block Studios in Florence."


Of course I'll go see this.

Green Day's 'Idiot' heads to the stage - Entertainment News, Legit News, Media - Variety:

"A legit tuner version of the 2004 Green Day album 'American Idiot' will open the 2009-10 season at Berkeley Repertory Theater.

Michael Mayer, who picked up a 2007 Tony for his direction of 'Spring Awakening,' will helm 'American Idiot.' Mayer co-writes the book with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who conceived the punk-opera album and wrote most of the lyrics. The band -- comprising Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool -- is credited with music for the show."

Country star Merle Haggard stands tall


Best. Excuse. Ever.

Method Man was too high to pay back taxes:

"Method Man was going to pay his bills ... but then he got high.

Despite recent reports that the rapper is so broke that his 2008 Lincoln Navigator was repossessed to pay back taxes, Method Man — whose real name is Clifford Smith — insists his cash flow is just fine. In fact, he says, his penchant for marijuana is to blame for the mishap."

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