On a new song, Drive-By Truckers recall Muscle Shoals gigs and 'cheap cocaine.'

On a new song, Drive-By Truckers recall Muscle Shoals gigs and 'cheap cocaine.' ...

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, both drives-by-truckers, know about Club XIII. That was the Bar at the Muscle Shoals, where they performed early gigs with their previous band,.

The seventh studio album for Drive-By Truckers features a seedy picture of "disco light," a "Foghat cover band," "penny beer," "cheap cocaine" and "girls warmed up by tanning beds."


Hood notes of the lyrics that "There were no cool bars in town," referring to Adam's House Cat, the two vocalist/guitarists' previous band, "but it wasn't all that good there." From time to time the owner would throw us a Wednesday night or let us open for a hair-metal band we were a terrible fit for, and everyone would hang out outside until we were done playing. It was not very funny at the time, but it was very funny to us now."

The LP "Welcome 2 Club XIII" will be released on June 3 and can be preordered on vinyl, DC, and digital formats via. Wes Freed's far-out illustrations adorn many DBT sleeves.

The two songs on "Welcome 2 Club XIII" include: "The Driver," "Maria's Awful Disclosures," "Forged In Hell and Heaven Sent," "Every Single Storied Flameout," "Billy Ringo In The Dark," and "Wilder Days." Guests on the album include R.E.M.'s Mike Mills and drummer Margo Price. The band has released two albums in 2020, including "The New OK."

Wes Freed's cover artwork for the next Drive-By Truckers album "Welcome 2 Club XIII" (Courtesy Wes Freed)

Drive-by Truckers, founded by Shoals singer/guitarist Hood and Cooley Athens, have announced their 26th year as a band. "It's certain that our first band has failed miserably on a commercial level, but I'm really proud of what we did back then. It had a lot to do with who we ended up becoming."

On now-classic albums "Decoration Day," "The Dirty South," and "Southern Rock Opera," DBT's awake Southern rock sound was revealed. Jason Isbell, a native from Green Hill, before embarking on solo folk/rock stardom. This spring, the Truckers and Isbell will return to their stomping grounds in North Alabama this spring.


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