Drive-by Truckers – UK Shows This Week (Brighton, London, Leeds, Glasgow)
UK SHOWS JUNE
(BRIGHTON, LONDON, LEEDS, GLASGOW + BLACK DEER FESTIVAL)
DARKLY THRILLING AND EPIC NEW ALBUM ‘WELCOME 2 CLUB XIII’ OUT NOW
Photo Credit: Brantley Guitierrez
Drive-By Truckers, who released their new studio album, ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII‘ on Friday 3rd June, are playing a string of UK shows this week.
Tues 7th June – Brighton – Chalk
Weds 8th June – London – O2 Forum
Thurs 9th June – Leeds – University Stylus
Sun 12th June – Glasgow – SWG3 TV Studio
Sun 19th June – Eridge Park – Black Deer Festival
An official lyric video for new track ‘The Driver’ is streaming now on YouTube. A hypnotic introduction to the album’s sprawling autobiography, ‘The Driver’ kicks off ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII’ as a darkly thrilling epic punctuated with lead-heavy riffs and Mississippi-bred singer-songwriter Schaefer Llana’s unearthly backing vocals.
“Around the same era of Club XIII, I spent a lot of time driving around late at night when I couldn’t sleep,” says founding member/vocalist/guitarist Patterson Hood, “listening to music loud and often having a beer or two. Sometimes during those drives, I’d have these epiphanies about what to do with my life – like listening to Tim by The Replacements not long after it came out and deciding to drop out of school to try and make this whole band thing work.”
Welcome 2 Club XIII also includes the spirited, horn-blasted “Every Single Storied Flameout” and the album’s swinging centrepiece, “Welcome 2 Club XIII,” both available now at all DSPs and streaming services; the latter track – which pays homage to the Muscle Shoals honky-tonk where founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley got their start – is joined by an official music video streaming now via YouTube.
WATCH VIDEO FOR ‘EVERY SINGLE STORIED FLAMEOUT’ HERE
Arriving as Drive-By Truckers enters its 26th year, ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII’ marks a sharp departure from the trenchant commentary of ‘The Unraveling’ and ‘The New OK’ (both released in 2020). Produced by longtime Drive-By Truckers collaborator David Barbe and mainly recorded at his studio in Athens, GA, ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII’ took shape over the course of three frenetic days in summer 2021 – a doubly extraordinary feat considering that the band had no prior intentions of making a new album. Featuring background vocals from the likes of Margo Price, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, and Mississippi-bred singer/songwriter Schaefer Llana, ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII’ was recorded live with most songs cut in one or two takes, fully harnessing Drive-By Truckers’ freewheeling energy. Songs like epic, darkly thrilling ‘The Driver’ and the spirited, horn-blasted ‘Every Single Storied Flameout’ see the band – whose lineup also includes keyboardist/guitarist Jay Gonzalez, bassist Matt Patton, and drummer Brad Morgan – looking back on their formative years with both deadpan pragmatism and profound tenderness, instilling each song with the kind of lived-in detail that invites bittersweet reminiscence of your own misspent youth.
“Cooley and I have been playing together for 37 years now,” Hood says. “That first band might have failed miserably on a commercial level, but I’m really proud of what we did back then. It had a lot to do with who we ended up becoming.”
Drive-By Truckers – who just completed their annual four-day ‘Heathen Homecoming’ event at Athens, GA’s famed 40 Watt – are currently celebrating ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII’ with a marathon live schedule. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.drivebytruckers.com/shows.
6 – Amsterdam – Paradiso †
7 – Brighton – Chalk †
8 – London – O2 Forum †
9 – Leeds – University Stylus †
11 – Dublin – Vicar Street †
12 – Glasgow – SWG3 TV Studio †
14 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013 (Jupiler Zaal) †
15 – Paris – La Maroquinerie †
17 – Mendizabala, Vitoria-Gasteiz – Azkena Rock Festival
19 – Eridge Park, UK – Black Deer Festival
14 – Breckenridge, CO – Riverwalk Center
15 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion
16 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads
19 – Omaha, NE – Falconwood Park
20 – Minneapolis, MN – Utepils Brewing
22 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place
23 – Dayton, OH – Dayton Masonic Center
24 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Beer Garden
27 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre
29 – St. Louis, MO – Open Highway Music Festival
30 – Maryville, TN – The Shed
31 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater