The Dirty South

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When you've named your band the Drive-By Truckers and your first three albums are called Pizza Deliverance, Gangstabilly, and Alabama Ass Whuppin', you might have a hard time at first convincing folks that you aren't joking. But the Drive-By Truckers proved that they were most definitely not kidding with 2001's brilliant double-disc Southern Rock Opera, and 2003's Decoration Day actually upped the ante on what might have been a fluke masterpiece with its dark and thoroughly absorbing chronicle of hard times in the American South. With The Dirty South, the DBTs have crafted an equally effective companion piece to Decoration Day that plays on the gangsta rap reference of its ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When you've named your band the Drive-By Truckers and your first three albums are called Pizza Deliverance, Gangstabilly, and Alabama Ass Whuppin', you might have a hard time at first convincing folks that you aren't joking. But the Drive-By Truckers proved that they were most definitely not kidding with 2001's brilliant double-disc Southern Rock Opera, and 2003's Decoration Day actually upped the ante on what might have been a fluke masterpiece with its dark and thoroughly absorbing chronicle of hard times in the American South. With The Dirty South, the DBTs have crafted an equally effective companion piece to Decoration Day that plays on the gangsta rap reference of its title with a set of vividly rendered portraits of life along the margins of respectability below the Mason-Dixon line, from laid-off factory rats dealing drugs to feed their kids to Alabama gangsters determined to shut down the cops who made their daughters cry. From the first low, metallic stomps from Brad Morgan's kick drum on "Where the Devil Don't Stay," it's clear that The Dirty South isn't going to be a good-time party most of the way, and while there are some brilliant anthemic rockers on this album most notably "The Day John Henry Died," "Carl Perkins' Cadillac," and "Never Gonna Change", and Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and Jason Isbell have grown into a force to be reckoned with as both guitarists and songwriters, there's more than a little blood, fear, doubt, shame, and simple human tragedy at the heart of these stories. While much of America might be laughing at "You might be a redneck..." jokes, the Drive-By Truckers aren't about to let anyone forget the harsh truth behind growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in this country, and the tough, muscular force of their music only sharpens the bite of their stories. They can also turn down the amps and still hit you in the heart, especially on "Danko/Manuel" and "Daddy's Cup," and David Barbe's production gives this band the full-bodied clarity they've always deserved. Believe it -- the Drive-By Truckers are the best, smartest, and most soulful hard rock band to emerge in a very long time, and while The Dirty South isn't always good for laughs, it has too many great stories and too much fierce, passionate rock & roll for anyone who cares about such things to dare pass it up.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396605828
  • Catalog Number: 6058
  • Sales rank: 27,339

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Drive-By Truckers Primary Artist
David Barbe Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Mike Cooley Banjo, Harmonica, Group Member
Patterson Hood Piano, Group Member
Jason Isbell Piano, Mellophonium, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Guitar (12 String Electric), Group Member
Brad Morgan Group Member
Clay Leverett Background Vocals
Shonna Tucker Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
David Barbe Director, Producer, Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Mike Cooley Composer
Drive-By Truckers Composer
Patterson Hood Composer, Liner Notes
Chuck Hermes Art Direction
Wes Freed Artwork, Paintings
Jason Isbell Composer
Lilla Hood Art Direction, Collage
Daniel Rickard Engineer
Matt DeFilippis Live Sound Engineer
Reverend David Barbe Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the best DBT album so far (as of 2009, anyway).

    Dirty South is the Drive-By Truckers best album so far. As of the time that I'm writing this, they have also released A Blessing And A Curse and Brighter Than Creations Dark. And while those are fine albums, Dirty South just ups the anty and has that something extra to it.<BR/><BR/>"Where The Devil Don't Stay", "The Day John Henry Died", "Carl Perkin's Cadillac", and "Manuel/Danko" are all great songs!<BR/><BR/>I also have the seperate, but released close to the same time, DVD The Dirty South Live. And it's awesome too!<BR/><BR/>If you're interested in the Drive-By Truckers, this album is the place to start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Southern Rock Kicks Ass

    Thundering guitars and meaningful lyrics have rarely been done any better.Run to your local music shop and buy this cd! This is really a great rock and roll band!!

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