Rock Out with Drive-By Truckers on Saturday

June 8th, 2011

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley founded Drive-By Truckers in Athens, Ga., in 1996. Over the years the two musicians—plus nuanced lyrics and plenty of guitar—have been the constant while the lineup around them has changed. An early Internet presence allowed the band to gain new fans before they’d ever seen the Truckers live. But following several years of steadily touring, the group released the double album Southern Rock Opera and things really took off from there. Since gaining wider acclaim the Truckers (above, playing “This Fucking Job” on Late Show with David Letterman) have served as the backing band on albums by Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones in addition to putting out fine discs of their own, including this year’s Go-Go Boots. But to really experience this band, you need to see them live, which works out great because you can do just that on Saturday night at The Wellmont Theatre.