Choice concerts: Smokin’ southern stuff

Drive-By Truckers, Revolution, Sept. 12

Drive-by Truckers play Saturday in Lauderdale.
Drive-by Truckers play Saturday in Lauderdale.

It’s been a time of transition for Drive-By Truckers, who are now without one of their guitarists/songwriters/singers, Jason Isbell. (I talked about it here.)

But clearly the band has moved on and turned in another outstanding album, Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, the eighth album by this Athens, Ga.-based quintet. The songs of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are more obviously at the forefront, but there are three songs by bassist Shonna Tucker that fit in nicely.

The band is a superb live act — I had seen them at Langerado already and they were excellent then. Each band member plays off the next in fine fashion.

Check out “A Ghost to Most”:

Also this week: Suenalo at City Limits in Delray on Friday, while Galactic’s awesome drummer, Stanton Moore, brings his own trio to the Delray spot on Sunday … If you’ve got a hankering to wander, check out Gainesville’s weekend-long The Real Big Deal, which features Drive-by Truckers, Stanton Moore, Margot & The Nuclear So-and-Sos, Benevento/Russo Duo, Motion City Soundtrack, Mates of State, Explorers Club and more.

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