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.”

WATCH ‘THE DRIVER’ LYRIC VIDEO HERE

STREAM ‘THE DRIVER’ ON SPOTIFY AND SOUNDCLOUD

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 ‘WELCOME 2 CLUB XIII’ HERE

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 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. For complete details and ticket information, please visit  www.drivebytruckers.com/shows

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

LIVE 2022

JUNE

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

JULY

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

AUGUST

2 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

4 – Deerfield, MA – Tree House Brewing Company

5 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

8 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre

10 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer

11 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer

12 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre

13 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns

SEPTEMBER

16 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond

* w/Special Guest Lydia Loveless

† w/Special Guest Jerry Joseph

TRACKLIST:

The Driver

Maria’s Awful Disclosures

Shake and Pine

We will never wake you up in the morning

Welcome 2 Club XIII

Forged In Hell and Heaven Sent

Every Single Storied Flameout

Billy Ringo In The Dark

Wilder Days

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