Drive-By Truckers

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Drive-By Truckers

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6/10/1996, Athens, Georgia

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On June 10, 1996, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Adam Howell, Matt Lane, John Neff, and Barry Sell went into an Athens studio to record a few songs...and on that day, ten years ago, Drive-By Truckers was born. Known for their "three axe attack," DBT are unapologetically southern. Their…more

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Discography:

      A Blessing And A Curse [2006]
      The Dirty South [2004]
      Decoration Day [2003]
      Southern Rock Opera [2001]
      Alabama Ass Whuppin' [2000]
      Pizza Deliverance [1999]
      Gangstabilly [1998]

    • The name, "Betamax Guillotine", is used for the fictional band in "Southern Rock Opera," is a reference to a long standing urban legend in which video literally killed the radio star.

      Legend has it, Skynyrd's lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant, was actually killed by blunt force trauma during the band's infamous plane crash when, upon impact, the plane's on-board VCR became dislodged, striking Van Zant in the back of the head and killing him instantly.

    • Patterson has a solo album that he self-released, it was recorded in March 2001 after his divorce. But after DBT signed with New West, they released it nationally. The title is, "Killers and Stars."

    • Jason Isbell: [Decoration Day] was the first song I wrote after joining the band, and it uses a fictional protagonist to tell a story that's rumored to be true. If a fight goes on long enough, it can be impossible to remember who started it.
      I really love the coda. Barbe and the boys turned it into a tornado.

    • Before DBT, Patterson and Cooley were in a band called, "Adam's House Cat" from 1985-1991.

    • Their live shows never feature a set list. All they go by is the opening guitar part of either, Cooley, Patterson or Jason. They play in this order, Cooley, Patterson, Jason, Patterson, and continue in that order.

    • The title of their seventh album, "A Blessing & A Curse," was thought up by photographer Clinch. Danny was doing a photo shoot that Patterson Hood was in, and they got to talking about, adulthood, having children, working in the music business and other things, and Danny said it and Patterson loved it.

    • On thier new album, "A Blessing and a Curse" there is a song called, "Aftermath USA" which is a play on the classic Rolling Stones album, "Aftermath UK"

    • After the release of "Southern Rock Opera" a concept album, loosely based on Lynyrd Skynyrd, Skynyrd actually asked them to open a show for them in Alabama.

    • Guitarist Mike Cooley is nicknamed "The Stroker Ace."

    • They go by the abbreviation, DBT.

    • Sixth Line-Up of DBT in 2003:

      Mike Cooley - guitar, vocals
      Brad Morgan - drums
      Shonna Tucker - bass
      Jason Isbell - guitar, vocals
      Patterson Hood - vocals, guitar

    • Fifth Line-Up of DBT in 2001:

      Jason Isbell - guitar, vocals
      Mike Cooley - guitar, vocals
      Brad Morgan - drums
      Patterson Hood - vocals, guitar
      Earl Hicks - bass

    • Fourth Line-Up of DBT in 2000:

      Rob Malone - guitar, vocals
      Brad Morgan - drums
      Earl Hicks - bass
      Patterson Hood - vocals, guitar
      Mike Cooley - guitar, vocals

    • Third Line-Up of DBT in 1999:

      Patterson Hood - vocals, guitar
      Mike Cooley - guitar, vocals
      Rob Malone - bass, vocals
      Brad Morgan - drums

    • Second Line-Up of DBT in 1998:

      Rob Malone - guitar, vocals
      Mike Cooley - guitar, vocals
      Matt Lane - drums
      Patterson Hood - vocals, guitar
      Chuck Bradburn - bass

    • First Line-Up of DBT in 1996:

      Adam Howell - upright bass, vocals
      John Neff - pedal steel
      Mike Cooley - guitar, banjo, vocals
      Matt Lane - drums
      Patterson Hood - vocals, guitar
      Barry Sell - mandolin

  • Quotes

    • Patterson Hood on the song, "Dead, Drunk, And Naked:" I wrote this song about a guy I used to work with who was pretty much the poster child for why one shouldn't sniff glue in Junior High School.

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