Live from Austin TX

Live from Austin TX

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by Drive-By Truckers
     
 
With a name that sounds more like a joke they've outgrown with each passing year and a willingness to assume the voice of the frankly damaged and lower class in their songs, the Drive-By Truckers haven't earned a reputation as an especially smart band, fine as their body of work has been. But if you want to get a clear picture of just how sharp this band really is,

Overview

With a name that sounds more like a joke they've outgrown with each passing year and a willingness to assume the voice of the frankly damaged and lower class in their songs, the Drive-By Truckers haven't earned a reputation as an especially smart band, fine as their body of work has been. But if you want to get a clear picture of just how sharp this band really is, picking up Live from Austin TX will do the trick. The album was recorded during a September 2008 taping of the long-running PBS music series Austin City Limits, and you might expect that a band as rowdy and hard rockin' as the DBTs would roll in and blow the doors off the joint. But it turns out they're more clever than that, and this set carefully builds from the low-key opening of "Perfect Timing" and "Heathens" through the working-class rage of "Three Dimes Down" and "Puttin' People on the Moon" to the rave-up finale of "Let There Be Rock" and "Marry Me" that gives joyous release to the broad array of emotions and ideas that cross the stage. Patterson Hood is usually said to be the Drive-By Truckers' leader, but this set gives Mike Cooley and Shonna Tucker room to shine bright before the lead vocal mike, and the ensemble playing of this band is something to see, especially John Neff's tasteful pedal steel and guitar work, Jay Gonzalez's subtle but perfectly punctuated keyboards, and Brad Morgan's strong and imaginative drumming. When Hood, Cooley, and Neff lock their guitars together, they can summon up enough power to rival their boyhood heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd without suggesting they're mimicking them, and while "18 Wheels of Love" clearly dates from this band's pre-Southern Rock Opera juvenilia period, Hood's long spoken intro is the work of a master showman. ("The Living Bubba," also included here, is a much stronger tune from the band's early days and one of the few first-rate rock songs about AIDS and its consequences.) Simply put, Live from Austin TX is a terrific show from one of the best and bravest American bands at work today, and the truth is you can't make music this good if you're not pretty smart -- listen and you'll see.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2009
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396616824
catalogNumber:
6168
Rank:
15064

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Drive-By Truckers   Primary Artist
John Neff   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Cooley   Guitar,Vocals
Patterson Hood   Guitar,Vocals
Brad Morgan   Drums
Shonna Tucker   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jay Gonzalez   Keyboards

Technical Credits

David Hough   Engineer
Robert Malone   Composer
John Neff   Composer
Matt Lane   Composer
Mike Cooley   Composer
Patterson Hood   Composer
Terry Lickona   Producer,Liner Notes,Author,Audio Production
Gary Briggs   Producer,Audio Production
Jason Isbell   Composer
Earl Hicks   Composer
Brad Morgan   Composer
Cameron Strang   Producer,Audio Production
Sharon Cullen   Engineer
Dick Peterson   Executive Producer
Shonna Tucker   Composer
Adam Howell   Composer

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Live from Austin TX 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
nickdanger More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of this band for years and I was so pleased to see the Austin City Limits concert come out on DVD. The only thing thing that could make this concert better is if it was on Blue Ray. From heart felt acoustic to beyond solid rock anthems this band is just so talented. This is a five star concert.
skupe More than 1 year ago
Love it.
BigD07 More than 1 year ago
These guys rock. Especially enjoy the Mike Cooley numbers.