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?? I don't know much about DBT but I know those songs aren't better than Marry Me or My Sweet Annette or even We Aint Never Gonna Change

Actually, they are better than those.

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Well written, excellent piece.  Thanks for posting.  I couldn't get "Ronnie and Neal" out of my head while reading it! 

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Political spoiler alert. 

 

At the risk of introducing politics into this music forum, I thought this was an excellent op-ed piece by Patterson Hood in today's NY Times.  Well done Patterson!

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/09/magazine/the-souths-heritage-is-so-much-more-than-a-flag.html?_r=1

 

 

you beat me by one minute :P

Ha! Great minds think alike. :wave :usa 

I know who I'll be listening to on my commute home

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Yeah, that was a great article.  As a yankee living in the south, Patterson Hood has been very influential on my understanding of the 'duality of the southern thing.'

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New DBT 3cd live set "It's Great to Be Alive" due out October 30. 35 songs from November 2014 stand at the Filmore.

 

http://drivebytruckers.shop.musictoday.com/Dept.aspx?cp=407_72052

I may get the 1 CD best of live set. Don't think I'll spring for the 3 CD set, though the song list looks good.

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Looking forward to this.  I never really got into their last few records for some reason.  Maybe hearing the songs live and interspersed with some older classics will make them click for me.

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& a tour in small venues! September is shaping up nicely in Seattle with 2 Wilco shows, DBT & Ray LaMontagne with My Morning Jacket. I could be (more of) a babbling idiot by October!  :banana

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Love what Hood has to say about this album and the times we're living through:

 

"These are crazy times and we have made a record steeped in this moment of history that we’re all trying to live through. We’ve always considered ourselves a political band, even when that aspect seemed to be concealed by some type of narrative device i.e. dealing with issues of race by telling a story set in the time of George Wallace or class struggles by setting “Putting People of the Moon” in the age of Reagan.

 This time out, there are no such diversions as these songs are mostly set front and center in the current political arena with songs dealing with our racial and cultural divisions, gun violence, mass shootings and political assholery. Once again, there is a nearly even split between the songs of Cooley and myself, with both of us bringing in songs that seem to almost imply a conversation between us about our current place in time.

 “American Band” is a rock and roll call to arms as well as a musical reset button for our band and the country we live in. Most of all, we look at it as the beginnings of some conversations that we, as a people very much need to begin having if we ever hope to break through the divisions that are threatening to tear us apart. 

Drive-By Truckers are celebrating our twentieth anniversary as a band in an election year where some people are trying to define what it is to be American. Definitions based on some outdated ideology of prejudice and fear. We are loudly proclaiming that those people don’t speak for us. America is and always has been a land of immigrants and ideals. Ideals that we have often fallen short of achieving, but it’s the striving that has given us whatever claims to greatness we have had. That’s what America means to us and “We’re an American Band"

http://www.glidemagazine.com/164126/d/

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& a tour in small venues! September is shaping up nicely in Seattle with 2 Wilco shows, DBT & Ray LaMontagne with My Morning Jacket. I could be (more of) a babbling idiot by October!  :banana

Got my tickets for Seattle. Tiny venue & only $25!

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The Rock show is coming to South Florida  11/15...Culture Room...they have played many great shows there already....Langerado after show being the best.

 

Anyone going hit me up...we can hang before and during.

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I've heard the new record & its real good. There's also a tape out there of from the Belly Up in Aspen in August thats awesome. Lots of the new record & covers of "The Bitch is Back" & "Sign O the Times". "Sign O the Times" has a very different & cool arrangement.

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