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Drive-By Truckers – The New OK (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Drive-By Truckers – The New OK (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:15 minutes | 778 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ATO Records

Musicians play music. That’s what they do. Unless they suddenly can’t go out and perform for people because, say, there’s a global pandemic that has almost entirely shut down live music. Life in a divided nation under the rule of Donald Trump was already weighing heavy on the minds of the Drive-By Truckers on 2016’s American Band and 2020’s The Unraveling, and being stuck at home and unable to tour, with little to do but watch their nation burn, hasn’t made them feel any better. In many respects, 2020’s The New OK is an album that came to be because the DBTs couldn’t do much else. Most of the tunes were recorded for The Unraveling but were set aside for an album where they would better fit, and a few were recorded with the musicians trading tracks back and forth, recording in separate studios and only communicating in the virtual realm. The result is a record that feels urgent and politically engaged, yet also edgy and claustrophobic in a way that’s unusual for this band. The New OK is the sound of men who know things are bad, and they not only don’t know how to fix things, they aren’t even sure how to protect themselves or their loved ones. Principal songwriter Patterson Hood has been living in Portland, Oregon for the past several years; “Watching the Orange Clouds” and the title tune were informed by the ongoing clashes between activists and law enforcement in his adopted hometown, and his rage at injustice is matched by a puzzled, agonized fear about what’s happening and what terrible place it could go next. In short, The New OK is about living with the knowledge that things are not OK at all, and there are no easy or simple answers in the offering. The album’s piecemeal construction gives it a more fragmented tone than their best work, and it’s insistent at the expense of the careful sequencing they favor. The New OK is also short on contributions from co-founder Mike Cooley, who only gets one song here, though “Sarah’s Flame” is a darkly witty and perceptive nod to Sarah Palin and how she made the Trump presidency possible. While a Ramones cover might seem like a strange way to end this album, their furious blast through “The KKK Took My Baby Away” is fun and gloriously liberating, a wild cry against the darkness that reflects the snotty confidence of youth, a luxury these men can’t always afford these days. The New OK sometimes feels uneven and precarious, which in this context is an asset rather than a failing; as a snapshot of America in October 2020, it’s unnervingly accurate and devastatingly relatable, as well as a powerful set of work from a great American band. – Mark Deming

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Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:24 minutes | 937 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ATO (UK)

Drive-By Truckers have announced the release of their much-anticipated new album. The Unraveling arrives on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album and first new LP in more than three years – the longest gap between new DBT albums – The Unraveling was recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and longtime DBT producer David Barbe. Co-founding singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood both spent much of the time prior doing battle with deep pools of writer’s block. “How do you put these day to day things we’re all living through into the form of a song that we (much less anybody else) would ever want to listen to?” says Hood. “How do you write about the daily absurdities when you can’t even wrap your head around them in the first place? I think our response was to focus at the core emotional level. More heart and less cerebral perhaps.”

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Drive-By Truckers – Live at Plan 9 July 13, 2006 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Drive-By Truckers – Live at Plan 9 July 13, 2006 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 02:09:33 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Alt-Country, Southern Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © New West Records

On July 13, 2006 the Drive-By Truckers set up shop at Plan 9 Records in Richmond, VA. It was the 25th Anniversary of the store. The band performed to a packed house and played a blistering set of fan-favorites featuring the songs, “18 Wheels of Love”, “Let There Be Rock”, “Goddamn Lonely Love” and “Daddy’s Cup.” The performance was also set up to benefit the Bryan and Kathryn Harvey Family Memorial Endowment. The foundation provides, among other things, music scholarships in the Richmond area. Lead vocalist and songwriter, Patterson Hood ended up writing the song “Two Daughters and A Beautiful Wife” about Bryan Harvey and his family.

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Drive-By Truckers – American Band (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Drive-By Truckers – American Band (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 46:41 minutes | 544 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © ATO Records

A powerful and legitimately provocative work, hard edged and finely honed, the album is the sound of a truly American Band a Southern American band speaking on matters that matter. DBT made the choice to direct the Way We Live Now head on, employing realism rather than subtext or symbolism to purge its makers own anger, discontent, and frustration with societal disintegration and the urban/rural divide that has partitioned the country for close to a half-century. Fueled by a just spirit of moral indignation and righteous rage, AMERICAN BAND is protest music fit for the stadiums, designed to raise issues and ire as the nation careens towards its most momentous election in a generation.

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