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Drive By Truckers
The Dirty South
New West Records
www.drivebytruckers.com


"Another Joker in the White House, said a change was comin' round
But I'm still workin' at The Wal Mart and Mary Alice, in the ground
And all them politicians, they all lyin' sacks of shit
They say better days upon us but I'm sucking left hind tit
And the preacher on the TV says it ain't too late for me
But I bet he drives a Cadillac and I'm broke with some hungry mouths to feed"

-"Puttin' People On The Moon" The Drive By Truckers

My life's beginnings came from the heart and soul of terrible country music: Nashville, TN. Despite the considerable handicap that was inflicted upon me by my birth place (think Billy Ray Cyrus), it gave me a unique perspective on the music scene. Despite my pre-teen love for Nirvana and other grungy rockers of the time, Nashville caused me to develop an unrequited love for folk music.

Then, I discovered The Drive By Truckers and my lust for quality folk was instantly fulfilled. The Dirty South is not so much an album, but a musical reflection of the south. Mike Cooley, Jason Isabell, Shonna Tucker, Brad Morgan and Patterson Hood all delve into their pasts and paint a portrait of a region that's bitter, angry, passionate, and throughout it all, fervently proud. Each song leaves a distinct impression on the listener, and guides a twisted tour of the back roads south of the Mason-Dixie line. Hood is a rock 'n' roll storyteller of such great stature, that I'm willing to commit blasphemy by declaring him greater than my personal folk hero, Steve Earle.

Naysayers will certainly point out the lack of hard rocking songs found on albums past, but simply put, The Dirty South is the strongest Drive By Trucker's album yet. While the songs on The Dirty South are predictable in their arrangements, the homespun philosophy laced within the lyrics more than makes up for it.

Like every character on "The Dirty South" you just have to play out the hand that you're dealt, and live the hell out of life.

-Emily Vandiver

Track Listing:

1. Where The Devil Don't Stay
2. Tornadoes
3. The Day John Henry Died
4. Puttin' People on the Moon
5. Carl Perkins' Cadillac
6. The Sands of Iwo Jima
7. Danko/Manuel
8. Boys From Alabama
9. Cottonseed
10. The Buford Stick
11. Daddy's Cup
12. Never Gonna Change
13. Lookout Mountain
14. Goddamn Lonely Love

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