This one is out of print right now and probably will be for a while. Burn it if you can find it. I’m quite proud of this album, and will see to it that it gets reissued one of these days, but this just isn’t the time. - Patterson Hood
So I was going to post Part III of the halloween comp tonight, but after listening to it, it needs a little more tweaking….so tomorrow. Until then, I thought I would point you folks over to the video of an upcoming DBT track called Used To Be A Cop.
well, a little late tonight, but I just got in and was meaning to post this earlier. It’s still a reasonable hour for the folks on the west coast. This is one of my favorite episodes of Austin City Limits. Primarily Ryan Bingham’s performance….one of the best ever on ACL in my opinion. Watch it and tell me I’m wrong.
Just a few heads up here for DBT fans who may not know, you can now download the exclusive Vinyl only track from The Big To-Do called “Girls Who Smoke”. Download it here (you’ll have to give an email address)
Well, let’s kick off the “summer of 1k posts” with this little ditty by the Stroker Ace himself. Now some of you may know about this, it was a limited edition 45 that was only released to indie record stores for this past Record Store Day. And if you don’t know what Record Store Day is, well it’s a day that bands who care about independent record stores push out exclusive items to those stores, and those stores only in hopes of driving up sales. Their are also typically a lot of in-store performances that go on that day (Check out DBT themselves performing at Harvest Records in Asheville, NC)
Well, anyway, this particular 45 is so far the closest thing we are going to get to the much desired Cooley solo album. The story I heard on this was that Cooley had laid down the vocals kind of impromptu on this track under the influence of some pretty good substances it sounds like. The band loved it but they weren’t going to release it. Cooley relented however and his love for indie record stores made him decide to release this as an exclusive. He even went so far as to pose for that silly cover!
Anyway, I get a kick out of this every time I hear it and thought you folks would too. Special thanks to Brit for picking this up for me! Keep pluckin….keep pluckin…..keep pluckin……
As some of you may know, I’ve been spending the week in Cincinnati. One of the things I always try to do when I hit a new city is check out the local record stores. Thanks to some help from a few locals, I got some great tips for where the good record finds are in Cincinnati. Places like Everybody’s Records & Mole’s Records which is a sleepy little store right off UC campus that any vinyl hunter could easily spend a week in if unchecked (crates from floor to ceiling completely unsorted). One of the record stores I was told I HAD to go to was Shake-It Records. Shake-It from what I gather is somewhat of an institution in Cincinnati, and rightly so as it’s one of the most eclectic, friendly, and organized record stores I’ve been to.
Now, on to the subject of this post. Shake-It Records is also a record label, and luckily for me, their latest offering is a Drive-By Truckers 7″ that is Vol. 2 in a tribute to Muscle Shoals session legend Eddie Hinton (Vol. 1 is by Cincinnati native Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs). Now, click that Eddie Hinton link there because there is some interesting info there. For instance the DBT song Sandwiches For The Road is based on the life of Eddie Hinton. As Dana Carvey would say in his Johnny Carson impression “I did not know that”.
Now I haven’t had a chance to listen to this yet, because my turntable is back home in Virginia, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads up on this. What I can give you though is a killer live version of side B: Everybody Needs Love
Here’s a great vid of one of the new songs from The Big To-Do, due out March 16th. The band starts their Big To-Do tour tomorrow, and they are also offering a free download of the first single, a song called This Fucking Job. In even more DBT news, they will be screening the first ever DBT documentary entitled The Secret To A Happy Ending in Feb. I can’t wait to see that!
How bout a quick news blurb? Just wanted to tell you guys about 3 albums I’m excited about next year.
Got official word yesterday that The Drive By Truckers’ new album, titled “The Big To-Do”, will be out March 16th on ATO records, their new record label. What does Patterson have to say about it? “It’s very much a rock album, very melodic and more rocking than anything we’ve done since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera.” Read more here
Speaking of DBT, they have just recorded a tribute to Muscle Shoals session man Eddie Hinton on 7″ vinyl for Shake-It records that features two Eddie Hinton songs. More info here
Now my favorite piece of news, Ray Wylie Hubbard has a new album coming out Jan. 12th. The much anticipated album is called “A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkment (Hint: There Is No C) (a line taken from one of the songs on the album) and is now available for pre-order (autographed). More info here
So, here we have the third main songwriter of the Drive By Truckers, and the only one who doesn’t have any kind of solo album. Listening to this makes you wonder why. Here Cooley is alone with his acoustic guitar playing whatever the crowd wants to hear. He runs through many Truckers’ favorites, old and new, and even a few unreleased tracks. A couple of the songs like “Little Pony and The Great Big Horse” and an alternate version of “Uncle Frank” can be heard on the excellent new odds and ends album The Fine Print (have I said that enough across these last three posts?). This is a real treasure, and getting almost all of Cooley’s songs together only cements the fact that he is an amazing songwriter and singer. My favorite tracks on here are of course the new ones I had never heard before, the drunk driving ballad “Three On The Tree”, “Pulaski Tennessee”, and my favorite unreleased one “Weakest Man”. Also of interest is an early version of “Bob”. The show ends with a killer one-two-three acoustic punch of “Marry Me”, “Where The Devil Don’t Stay” and “Daddy’s Cup”. Sound is a solid A-, not to be missed.
And a bonus for you Cooley fans, here is an interesting and insightful interview (because we rarely get to hear from the man) from when his song was featured in Rock Band. Check out this interesting quote: “I make more money off t-shirts. If you rip it, burn it, give it to somebody, and they come to a show and buy a ticket and a t-shirt, I profit more that way anyway, and then I’ve got a fan. Records are promotional items these days anyway”
All right, this site is not about stealin' music, and it's not about stickin' it to the RIAA. It's about me wanting to get the music I love out there and heard. I've said it many times on here, and the fact that some of the talents I showcase on here are largely unknown is a crime. It's a shame what popular radio & music has become when there are so many great artists out there living in obscurity giving it everything they got.
Really folks, if you like what you hear, support the artists. Buy their albums, go to their shows, tell your friends, whatever you gotta do. Most of these are at crappy bitrates anyway.