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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Let There Be Rock!

No more serious stuff today. Nothing else about wiretaps, illegal aliens or wiretapping illegal aliens. Though I will note that Bell South is denying they rolled over. This does not change my general opinion of Bell South.

That said, here is the substance of this post: The new Drive By Truckers album - A Blessing and a Curse - rocks as nothing has rocked before.

If you are not familiar with DBT, they are sort of like the rock music version of a Larry Brown novel. Both Larry Brown and DBT are the best way to counter the pseudo-south seen on Turner South, or described in Southern Living. None of the characters are pretty, but if you live here long enough, you know them. If you are from the South, you are related to some of them. And you know what else? There is plenty to admire about them. I'll let the Truckers describe them.

A guy who vows to get it all together, but wakes up to find this:

The car was in the carport sideways
Big dent running down the side
Never seen anything as frightening
As when I took a look inside
Smell of musk and deception
Heel marks on the roof line
Bad music on the stereo
All the seats in recline

Or, from Southern Rock Opera, a description of the internal conflict felt by all reflective southerners:

Now Ronnie and Neil became good friends their feud was just in song
Skynyrd was a bunch of Neil Young fans and Neil he loved that song
So He wrote "Powderfinger" for Skynyrd to record
But Ronnie ended up singing "Sweet Home Alabama" to the lord

And Neil helped carry Ronnie in his casket to the ground
And to my way of thinking, us southern men need both of them around

Or my personal favorite, from Decoration Day, words from a man who may belong to the lower classes, but who has more dignity than most:

Well, I used to go out in a Mustang, a 302 Mach One in green.
Me and your Mama made you in the back and I sold it to buy her a ring.
And I learned not to say much of nothing and I figured you already know
but in case you don't or maybe forgot, I'll lay it out real nice and slow

Don't call what your wearing an outfit. Don't ever say your car is broke.
Don't worry about losing your accent, a Southern Man tells better jokes.
Have fun but stay clear of the needle. Call home on your sister's birthday.
Don't tell them you're bigger than Jesus, don't give it away.

It's a great album. They are in town on June 28, but at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre as openers for the Black Crowes. No way to avoid the crappy venue, but you could always cut out after DBT is done. Otherwise, they have a tradition of playing at the Alabama Theatre - a fantastic place for concerts, movies, or whatever - with the North Mississippi All Stars on the day after Thanksgiving.