Go-Go Boots

Go-Go Boots

by Drive-By Truckers
     
 

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The Drive-By Truckers are a band that likes to do things the old-fashioned way. They proudly proclaim that they record their music "on glorious two-inch analog tape," they still think in terms of albums with two (or four) sides, and their sound is firmly rooted in the traditions of Southern rock and the blues. They also hark back to a time when rock bands made an

Overview

The Drive-By Truckers are a band that likes to do things the old-fashioned way. They proudly proclaim that they record their music "on glorious two-inch analog tape," they still think in terms of albums with two (or four) sides, and their sound is firmly rooted in the traditions of Southern rock and the blues. They also hark back to a time when rock bands made an album every year followed by a tour, and if the DBTs haven't quite held firm to that schedule, since they broke through with Southern Rock Opera in 2001, they've managed to release six studio albums, a live CD/DVD, another DVD-only live set, and a collection of rarities and unreleased tracks, all while keeping up a demanding touring schedule. Any band that busy is likely to believe it deserves a rest every once in a while, and in a sense, 2011's Go-Go Boots feels a little bit like a working vacation. The album is notably short on full-blown rockers and sounds scaled back from the three-guitar attack that's been their hallmark, often dominated by acoustic guitars and the muffled but determined report of Brad Morgan's drums. The songs also find the band going back to the well on themes it has visited before -- the man of the Lord with a broad but carefully hidden streak of corruption in The Big To-Do's "The Wig He Made Her Wear" foreshadowed not one but two songs here, "The Fireplace Poker" and the title track, and the damaged ex-cop of "Used to Be a Cop" feels like a cousin to the haunted war veteran of Brighter Than Creation's Dark's "That Man I Shot." But none of this adds up to an album that's at all lazy. The craft of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley's songwriting is as strong as ever, drawing believable characters and giving them lives that make dramatic sense, and Shonna Tucker just keeps getting better with the graceful and hard-edged "Dancin' Ricky." And if the music on Go-Go Boots is less physical than what the Drive-By Truckers typically deliver, it's emphatic and passionate, with an impressive sense of dynamics and as much soul as these folks have ever summoned in the studio -- they've rocked a lot harder, but they've never cut a more natural and telling groove. There are moments where Go-Go Boots recalls Exile on Main St., another album that makes much out of feel and the way musicians play off one another, and if this isn't as likely to be regarded as a masterpiece, it's also less self-obsessive, and reveals some sides of the Drive-By Truckers the band hasn't captured in the studio before. After ten years of hard work, the DBTs are still learning, still growing, and still feeling out new ideas, and on Go-Go Boots they show that even when they're relaxed, they're still one of America's best bands.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882172121
catalogNumber:
21721
Rank:
56856

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Drive-By Truckers   Primary Artist
Jack Logan   Vocals,Guest Appearance
David Barbe   Bass,Guest Appearance
John Neff   Dobro,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Sitar,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Mike Cooley   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Patterson Hood   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Bottom Feeders   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Brad Morgan   Drums,Group Member
Shonna Tucker   Bass,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Jay Gonzalez   Piano,Accordion,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Vocal Harmony,Group Member,Hammond B3
Johnny Neff   Pedal Steel Guitar
Supertramp Sanchez   Accordion,Soloist,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Donnie Fritts   Composer,Lyricist
David Barbe   Producer,Engineer
Eddie Hinton   Composer,Lyricist
Mike Cooley   Composer,Lyricist
Patterson Hood   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Wes Freed   Artwork,Paintings
Lilla Hood   Art Direction
Matt DeFilippis   Engineer
Shonna Tucker   Composer,Lyricist
Colin Cargile   Monitor Engineer
Slantbar Johnny   Feedback

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