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Music, All Shook Down Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Tackles Hateful Flags and Southern Heritage in <i>New York Times </i>Essay

Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Tackles Hateful Flags and Southern Heritage in New York Times Essay

In 2001, I was commissioned by Simon & Schuster to write a book on the music and culture of the South. Beginning just after the desegregation of public schools in the late 1960s, Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race,…
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Music, All Shook Down 11 Artists to See at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

11 Artists to See at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

There are lots of great things about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass -- but one of them isn't having to make the difficult choices that the massive, free roots music festival presents. To help you sort through this year's massive lineup, we've…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 3/16/12: Drive-By Truckers Are Pretty Much Why We Bothered Having Rock 'n' Roll in the First Place

Live Review, 3/16/12: Drive-By Truckers Are Pretty Much Why We Bothered Having Rock 'n' Roll in the First Place

"Let There Be Rock" hit, of course.…
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Music, The Drive-By Truckers continue their storytelling series

The Drive-By Truckers continue their storytelling series

For longer than most bands have been nursing calluses on their fingers, the Drive-By Truckers have spun strange yarns about the modern South. The centerpiece of their latest album, The Big To-Do, is "The Wig He Made Her Wear," a…
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Music, Patterson Hood's flannel anthems

Patterson Hood's flannel anthems

Perhaps the biggest difference between Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose — though there are many — can be found in the ways they handled albums that were long in coming. Rose obsessively retooled…
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Music, Hear This The Drive Steady

The Drive Steady

Though they had long shared an admiration for each other's work, the members of the Hold Steady and the Drive-By Truckers didn't connect until a chance meeting at a show in NYC last summer. When lead Trucker Patterson Hood met…
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Music, The Drive-By Truckers Develop Country-Rock on the Road

The Drive-By Truckers Develop Country-Rock on the Road

The Drive-By Truckers have entered 2008 at the top of their creative game — but it wasn't an easy journey. The band lost the galvanizing force of co-songwriter Jason Isbell in 2007, and its last two releases, 2004's The Dirty…
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