Drive-By Truckers have announced today’s premiere of ‘The Driver‘, the latest track from their upcoming 14th studio album, ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII‘. An official lyric video is streaming now on YouTube. ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII’ arrives via ATO Records on Friday, June 3. Pre-orders are available now.   A hypnotic introduction to the album’s sprawling autobiography, ‘The Driver’ kicks off ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII’ with 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.  


 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 PriceR.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. 

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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERSLIVE 2022MAY 24 – Helsinki – Tavastia Club †26 – Stockholm – Berns †27 – Oslo – Rockefeller †28 – Copenhagen – Amager Bio †29 – Aarhus – Train †31 – Hamburg – Markthalle † JUNE1 – Berlin – Kesselhaus †2 – Koln – Kantine †3 – Antwerp – De Roma †5 – Raalte, Netherlands – Ribs and Blues †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 Festival19 – Eridge Park, UK – Black Deer Festival JULY14 – Breckenridge, CO – Riverwalk Center15 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion16 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads19 – Omaha, NE – Falconwood Park20 – Minneapolis, MN – Utepils Brewing22 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place23 – Dayton, OH – Dayton Masonic Center24 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Beer Garden27 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre29 – St. Louis, MO – Open Highway Music Festival30 – Maryville, TN – The Shed31 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater AUGUST2 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 274 – Deerfield, MA – Tree House Brewing Company5 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom8 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre10 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer11 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer12 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre13 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns SEPTEMBER16 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond * w/Special Guest Lydia Loveless† w/Special Guest Jerry Joseph                          

TRACKLIST:The DriverMaria’s Awful DisclosuresShake and PineWe will never wake you up in the morningWelcome 2 Club XIIIForged In Hell and Heaven SentEvery Single Storied FlameoutBilly Ringo In The DarkWilder Days