Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do

I have reviewed the new Drive-By Truckers album, The Big To-Do. I wrote this one on paper (!!!) while sitting in the staff room during lunch at work, with my boss sitting on the other side of the table. We sat there for about 15 minutes, and neither one of us said a word to each other. I don’t think I’m his favourite employee.

Anyway, the review starts with these choice syllables:

It’s all about “Birthday Boy” this time. On every Drive-By Truckers album, there’s one song that, quite helpfully, doubles as a litmus test as to whether you’ll like happily gorge yourself silly on what they’re dishing out. On Gangstabilly, their rough-and-ready debut album, it was “The Living Bubba”, probably the quintessential DBT song to this day; on Southern Rock Opera, the band’s 2001 breakthrough, it was “Zip City”; and this time, on their eighth record, it’s “Birthday Boy”. Which, as we’ve previously noted, is available as a free download. So you go have a listen, and if you’re interested, I’ll be waiting here with a review. If not, I’ll still be here, but I’ll be fixing you with a condescending glare and accusing you of smelling like a dead tramp.

So go have a read of that, and also, watch this video of the Truckers playing “Birthday Boy” on Jimmy Fallon the other night.


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