Drive By Truckers
If the Old 97's weren't R.E.M.-adoring spastic nerds, they might sound a little bit like the Drive-By Truckers from Athens, Georgia. This country rocking quintet writes Americana anthems for the modern day working man and woman. Touched by the hooves of Crazy Horse, these guys have a rich and crunchy guitar tone, sounding like a string of Neil Young's tweed Deluxe amps turned all the way up out in an open hay field. Their music is basted in tangy harmonies and patiently marinated in both southern soul and small town honesty. These songs are powerful and cathartic creations that display unpretentious arrangements and true grit.
Drive By Truckers Concert Films
Black Ice Vérité
Drive By Truckers
Runtime: 1 hr 5 min"This truly is Armageddon." said the local Athens, GA meteorologist on the seemingly sub-zero night last winter that the Drive-By Truckers were scheduled to play live at the 40 Watt. Luckily no snow, ice or hail could stop the band from firing up the room as they performed their critically acclaimed 12th LP, English Oceans, in full. Titled Black Ice Verite, fans will be able to re-live this concert experience as a live film. As the final track on English Oceans,"Grand Canyon" brings together both the record and the band's 40 Watt performance, as it is an emotionally overwhelming elegy for Craig Lieske. Lieske was a longtime member of DBT's touring family, a former manager of the 40 Watt Club and a key player in the city's experimental music scene. Lieske died suddenly of a heart attack in January 2013 following the first night of the band's three-night homecoming stand in Athens. English Oceans is dedicated to him.
Drive By Truckers Top Tracks
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 53 minChicago-based Wilco take the stage with their blend of idiosyncratic pop sounds from their most recent album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Highlights include "War on War" and "Jesus, Etc." The critically acclaimed group reveals not only inimitable musicianship, but also a wide range of music with hints of country, rock, punk and, perhaps most of all, experimentalism.
A Backyard Session with Deer Tick
Runtime: 15 minFollowing their weekend residency as Newport Folk Festival's house band, Deer Tick shot down to Manhattan to perform for the Baeble crew in our backyard. The Providence locals hosted and headlined the festival's three consecutive after parties at the Newport Blues Cafe, and on the third evening, the group performed their forthcoming studio record Negativity in its entirety. The following day, frontman John McCauley told us that he couldn't wait until September 23rd, which would be the eve of the album's release. Fast forward a month and a half, and here we all are today, session video in tow, with the impending release of their superb, fifth record less than 24 hours away.
Live at Red Rocks: Day 1, Part I
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minIn the first of three sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Widespread Panic, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, dazzled devoted fans with an old-school show that lasted close to three hours.
It seemed appropriate that they kicked off the show with "Postcards," with its line: This town is nuts, my kind of place, I dont want to leave. Given the love the band and fans have for Red Rocks shows, it sometimes feels like they could simply play every summer show there and the fans would journey from around the country to see them.
On "Ribs and Whiskey," lead guitarist Jimmy Herring picked piercing trills over lead vocalist John Bells sultry, lazy slide playing while bassist Dave Schools laid down a funky groove underneath. Out of a long jam, percussionist Domingo Sunny Ortiz took a little solo and then locked in with Schools on the intro to the instrumental, "Party At Your Mama's House."
As the band closed out with a fiery "Radio Child," Bell stepped up and said they'd see everybody tomorrow night. The amphitheater then got turned into a disco, as the house lights mimicked a disco ball and the PA blared Michael Jacksons "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," a perfect backing track for fans to dance down to their cars.
Live at The Mercury Lounge
Runtime: 29 minBlitzen Trapper's music went through various genres with each record, bouncing from indie folk to art rock to experimental folk before settling into a rich, dusty brand of Neil Young-inspired alt country. The band formed in 2000 in Portland, Oregon, with songwriter Eric Earley leading a lineup that also included Erik Menteer (guitar, keyboard), Brian Adrian Koch (drums, vocals), Michael Van Pelt (bass), Drew Laughery (keyboard), and Marty Marquis (keyboard, vocals). Before signing a record contract in 2007, the band released three albums on its own dime: an eponymous effort in 2003, Field Rexx in 2005, and the highly acclaimed Wild Mountain Nation in 2007. The latter album landed the group a record deal with Sub Pop.
Live At Montreux 2005
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minSteve Earle’s solo performance at the 2005 Montreux Festival is a charismatic triumph. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and a harmonica he performs tracks from across his career, with an emphasis on his later output but also going right back to songs from his breakthrough album “Copperhead Road” from 1988. The songs are performed with his characteristic combination of honesty, outspoken views and self-deprecating humour.
Live at Austin City Limits
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minNashville, TN – On August 19, 2013, Jason Isbell and his band The 400 Unit, stepped out onto the stage in front of a live audience in Austin, TX to film his first appearance on the longest running original music series in the U.S., Austin City Limits.
Isbell performs songs from his critically acclaimed, award-winning album Southeastern along with songs from throughout his career, including fan favorites “Outfit” and “Decoration Day”. The set closed with a rousing rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, a live staple.
In September, Isbell won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Cover Me Up”) and Album of the Year for Southeastern. In October, Isbell reached a major milestone by selling out three consecutive nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.
Live at The Orange Peel and Tennessee Theatre
Old Crow Medicine Show
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minDirected by Lee Tucker (who also directed the band's videos for "Wagon Wheel" and "Tell It To Me"), Live at the Orange Peel and Tennessee Theatre was recorded over two nights in December 2008 and features performances of 20 songs-15 of which are from the band's three studio albums (OCMS, Big Iron World, Tennessee Pusher) - including "Tell It To Me," "Down Home Girl," "Alabama High-Test," and "Wagon Wheel." The video also includes five tracks from their live repertoire not found on their three studio albums: "Wheeling Breakdown," "Raise A Ruckus," "Reuben's Train," "Sally Anne" and "Shack #9."