Category: Drive-By Truckers

Drive By-Truckers – Pizza Deliverance

ARTIST: Drive-By Truckers                220px-Pdeliv

TITLE:  Pizza Deliverance

YEAR RELEASED: 1999

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Bulldozers and Dirt

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe at shows, but this wasn’t widely released until they hit it big.

LINEUP: Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Rob Malone, Matt Lane. Help from John Neff, Barry Sell, Earl Hicks, and Adam Howell.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After some turnover, the DBT’s second album shows Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley solidifying the sound and story idioms of the band.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There’s more rock here in this second effort by the Drive-By Truckers (“Nine Bullets”), but still the band is rooted in the traditional country music vibe using mandolins, banjos, and former member John Neff’s pedal steel guitar. The DBT’s Patterson Hoods; view of the South and the USA from the perspective of the south carries through this album.

Hood’s wry sense of humor is present in “Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus)” and other cuts, and his story telling about small yet memorable events is put forward as well with “The Night GG Allin Came to Town”.

Still, this record could have used some editing and trimming. Again, the songs linger perhaps a bridge or verse too long, and that makes some lose interest as the album goes forward.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: After this album, the marathon DBT’s tours started across the country.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No 

GRADE: B: An improvement as the band moves toward the well-known DBT sound.

 

Drive-By Truckers – Gangstabilly

ARTIST: Drive-By Truckers              220px-Dbt_gangstabilly

TITLE:  Gangstabilly

YEAR RELEASED: 1998

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Living Bubba

LINEUP: Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood, John Neff, Adam Howell, Matt Lane, Barry Sell

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album by the neo-Southern rock band is a template for their later work, but some of the material needed work.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Some of the Drive-By Truckers first album could fit on most of their releases, such as “Wife Beater” and “The Living Bubba”. Patterson Hood’s story-songs, with their rural southern protagonists and anti-heroes, are in full effect here.

The material is a bit more country-ish than later versions, as the pedal-steel of John Neff and Barry Sell’s mandolin had more of a role here. Some of the songs don’t seem as fleshed out, as ear friendly, as their later work. The latter half sounds like a lot of rough drafts here and some songs, especially on that half, linger too long. The production is a bit rougher as well, at times Hood’s rasp gets lost in the music.

However, that’s not to say it’s not an interesting record to hear. About half of it hits, and hits hard, like classic DBT. It was definitely a work of a band-in-progress.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Demonic Posession” was written during Pat Buchanan’s 1996 GOP Convention speech.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B-: There’s enough good tracks here to keep it around.