Drive-By Truckers

Thursday

SXSW Records

Drive-By Truckers

The Big To-Do (ATO)

The Drive-By Truckers sure are a prolific bunch. The Big To-Do is the Georgians' 10th since arriving on the scene in 1998. There have been concept albums and more concept albums, and their last epic, 2008's Brighter Than Creation's Dark, sprawled for more than 75 minutes. The Big To-Do opens with four blasts of Crazy Horse-inspired howl before settling in to the meat of things, where the proceedings get a little weird. Patterson Hood's Court TV-inspired "The Wig He Made Her Wear" mysteriously shuffles and creaks. Bassist Shonna Tucker offers a fragile piano ballad, "You Got Another," that sounds like nothing the Truckers ever recorded before it. Then the crunchy "This Fucking Job" is arguably the strongest political statement the band's ever made. The rest is more of what fans have come to expect: entertaining stories told with heart and Southern rock brawn. For them, each DBT release is a Big To-Do. (Thu., 10:30pm, Stubb's.)

***

READ MORE
More Drive-By Truckers
Phases & Stages
The Jayhawks & Drive-By Truckers
Music From the North Country: The Jayhawks Anthology, The Fine Print (A Collection of Oddities and Rarities): 2003-2008, Live From Austin TX (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, Dec. 18, 2009

Phases & Stages
Drive-by Truckers
Brighter Than Creation's Dark (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, Jan. 25, 2008

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
My Jerusalem
A Little Death (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, July 15, 2016

Texas Platters
The Echocentrics
Echo Hotel (Record Review)

Thomas Fawcett, June 24, 2016

More by Jim Caligiuri
Texas Platters
Hard Proof
Public Hi-Fi Sessions 03 (Record Review)

July 15, 2016

Texas Platters
Bonnie Bishop
Ain't Who I Was (Record Review)

June 24, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Drive-By Truckers

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)