DBT Puts Muscle Shoals In Our Ears

by | Jan 16, 2011

Go-Go Boots, the new record from Drive-By Truckers, will be available from ATO Records on Feb. 15th. In Europe it’s coming on the 14th from Play It Again Sam Records.

“It’s the album where we finally fully embrace the music of our original hometown area of Muscle Shoals, exploring the waters of country/soul and that mystical intersection between to two dominate poles of our shared musical heritage,” says Patterson Hood. “It’s also definitively a Drive-By Truckers album and an album that benefits heavily from the work we did backing up Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones a few years back.”

Here’s writer Rick Bass of Missoula, MT on the progress the band is making:

Something undefinable has changed within the Truckers. They’re still rocking on, but a few more strands of lightness of being, and happiness, have infiltrated their being. They’re happier. Do not hold this against them, nor worry that it will corrupt their blues and rock, their snarl and anguish. Instead, the happiness will continue to whet these things – the things for which their old fans love them. Theirs is an earned happiness, and therefore does not temper or weaken their sound. Indeed, this new light forges the sound – the rock. You can hear it in every chord. It’s their finest yet.

Okay then. I’m in!

If you’re not yet sure, check out some more of the Go-Go Boots Episodes on Vimeo. DBT will also be touring in support of the new album. Thankfully, they’re including a West Coast swing that includes San Francisco, Eugene, Portland, Vancouver and Seattle.