Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera
Label: Lost Highway
Catalog#: 088 170 308-1
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Style: Rock & Roll, Southern Rock
A1 Days Of Graduation
A2 Ronnie And Neil
A3 72 (This Highway's Mean)
A4 Dead, Drunk And Naked
A5 Guitar Man Upstairs
B2 The Southern Thing
B3 The Great Alabama Icons
B5 Zip City
A1 Let There Be Rock
A2 Road Cases
A3 Women Without Whiskey
A4 Plastic Flowers On The Highway
A5 Cassie's Brother
B1 Life In The Factory
B2 Shut Up And Get On The Plane
B3 Greenville To Baton Rouge
B4 Angels And Fuselage
Artwork By [Album Cover And Willard's Garage Visuals] - Wes Freed
Artwork By [Art Direction And Design] - Lilla Hood
Mastered By - Rodney Mills
Mixed By - David Barbe
Performer - Amy Pike , Anne Richmond Boston , Brad Morgan , Earl Hicks , Jyl Freed , Kelly Hogan , Mike Cooley , Patterson Hood , Rob Malone
Photography - Felicia Graham
Producer - David Barbe , Dick Cooper , Drive-By Truckers
Recorded By - Dick Cooper , Earl Hicks
Written-By - DBT , Cooley (tracks: Act I A3, A5, B5, Act II A3, B2) , Hood (tracks: Act I A1, A2, A4, B1 to B4, Act II A1, A2, A4, B1, B3, B4) , Malone(tracks: Act II A5)
Recorded in Birmingham, AL; mixed at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA; mastered at Rodney Mills Masterhouse, Duluth, GA.
Drive By Truckers' "Southern Rock Opera" is the best American rock album of 2001, and also the best Southern Rock album since Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Street Survivors" way back in 1977. That's fitting, since the album is a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd (the original band, not the lame "reunion" version). "Southern Rock Opera" is also the best rock opera since the heyday of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and The Who's "Tommy." If you think this is all hypebole, then just listen to the album.
The band's sound is similar to Skynyrd, updated for the 21st century. Three guitars batter you while leaders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley trade off on vocals. The album deals with subjects as diverse as southern racism as personified by George Wallace, fatal high school car wrecks, and the plight of a redneck preacher's daughter. All the while, it pay homage to Skynyrd by telling the tale of a younger southern rocker who makes the big time only to suffer a similar fate to the great band. Clever tracks abound, the best of which are "72 (This Highway's Mean)" "Dead, Drunk and Naked" (the album's most tuneful song despite its title) "Zip City," "Women Without Whiskey" and "Shut Up and Get on the Plane." "Birmingham" is an angry rant condeming racism, while "The Southern Thing" warns Yankees not to get too sanctimonious.
Having listened to several of DBT's previous albums, "Southern Rock Opera" is even more amazing. Before this, they were clever, if underachieving, songwriters who were a little too smart alecky for their own good. With "Opera," they have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in American music. Paraphrasing the title of one of the album's songs, Long May They Rock.
Drive-By Truckers - The Three Great Alabama Icons
Excellent story telling rock.
Drive By Truckers - Zip City
Mike Cooley will go down as one of the greatest songwriters of my generation. One day he will be mentioned in the same breath as Dylan, Young, Simon, and Springsteen.
Drive By Truckers - Birmingham
Alabama last year 2007 during DBTs Dirt Underneath tour.