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Drive-By Truckers

8 p.m. Friday, October 28. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.


>For a band that's been hard at it for more than fifteen years, one would think Athens, Georgia's Drive-By Truckers would start phoning it in or churn out some sort of reenvisioned half-baked version of its former self. Not this band. After holing up in the studio throughout 2009, DBT crafted a canon of swampy, Southern-fried sizzlers and emerged with two damn sturdy albums: 2010's The Big To-Do and 2011's Go-Go Boots. Both serve as an exhilarating chapter in the band's already intriguing legacy. The Muscle Shoals-influenced, crunchy guitar rock still gets cranked to eleven, but both albums find the band taking its foot off the gas, flirting with a more neo-soul/R&B base — a subconscious nod to its work it did backing Booker T and Bettye LaVette on separate albums, no doubt.

Suggested Costumes: Drummer Brad "EZB" Morgan: hobo beard, balding head, glasses; a giant bottle of Jack Daniel's; "The Three Great Alabama Icons": Ronnie Van Zant, Bear Bryant, George Wallace.

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