September 14: Mike Cooley was born in 1966

Mike Cooley, guitarist, songwriter and singer in one of our favorite bands Drive-By Truckers, was born 14 September 1966. Happy Birthday, Mike Cooley! Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia, but two of the members (Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley) are originally from The Shoals region of Northern Alabama, and the band strongly identifies with Alabama. Their music uses three guitars as well …

August 24: Drive-By Truckers released The Dirty South in 2004

You can throw me in the Colbert County jailhouse. You can throw me off the Wilson Dam but there ain’t much difference in the man I wanna be and the man I really am. We ain’t never gonna change. “The Dirty South” was released on August 24 in 2004 – 11 years ago today. The Dirty South is the fifth album by Alabamian alternative country/Southern …

Great song: “The Three Great Alabama Icons” – Drive-by Truckers

Patterson Hood is a great storyteller. I really like the way he deals with “the duality of the Southern Thing” and his many stories from & about Alabama. The lyrics to this particular song is one of my Hood favourites. Anybody with even a remote interest in american history, and/or Alabama, should read (and listen to) this one.   I grew …

Feb 01: Jason Isbell was born in 1979

“I remember early on listening — I mean, when I was 10, 11, 12 years old — listening to guitar-based records or records that were instrumentally showing off, and thinking, ‘Man, why aren’t the songs any better? Why are these guys all singing really bad lyrics? I appreciate the guitar playing, but God! I don’t want to have to put …

Jan 22: Drive-by Truckers released Brighter Than Creation’s Dark in 2008

“That man I shot, I didn’t know him I was just doing my job, maybe so was he” Brighter Than Creation’s Dark is the seventh studio album released by Drive-By Truckers. It was released on January 22, 2008 in the United States. Recorded during and after the acoustic Dirt Underneath Tour, the album features a more stripped down, and country based sound not seen …