Despite early punk influences that had no particular geographical tilt (notably including the distinctly northern Replacements), the Drive-By Truckers are about as Southern-fried as contemporary rock bands get. Musically, the inevitable Skynyrdisms always lurk about. But even more pronounced are the DBT's Southern gothic literary leanings, particularly in the songwriters' vivid character studies of fundamentally flawed individuals struggling against insurmountable odds. Especially in these grim times, many of their circumstances may be universal, but the twists, turns, and essential character of their conundrums all originate below the Mason-Dixon. So it is on the ever-prolific DBT's latest, Go-Go Boots, in which songs like "Used to Be a Cop" probe angst so debilitating it drapes its victims like kudzu. Opening will be the Tennessee country-punk Southern belles of Those Darlins. 18+. (Photo by Danny Clinch)
Tue., Oct. 25, 8 p.m., 2011
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