"Another Joker in the White House, said a change was comin'
But I'm still workin' at The Wal Mart and Mary Alice, in the
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.
1. Where The Devil Don't Stay
3. The Day John Henry Died
4. Puttin' People on the Moon
5. Carl Perkins' Cadillac
6. The Sands of Iwo Jima
8. Boys From Alabama
10. The Buford Stick
11. Daddy's Cup
12. Never Gonna Change
13. Lookout Mountain
14. Goddamn Lonely Love
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