DRIVE BY TRUCKERS: Brighter Than Creation’s Dark: CD

Shonna Tucker, where have you been? How could a songwriter and singer this great have taken this long to get some songs on a DBT record? Her songs on this record are simply phenomenal and add a strong new element to a band that is already an embarrassment of riches in the songwriting department. I have said for years that this is a band with three members who could easily lead their own amazing band and that continues to be the case, even with the departure of the incredible Jason Isbell. This band is such a great mix of the entire history of rock, country, roots and everything that is good about music. I want to address any concerns someone may have about this being a jam band. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have never heard a band that is as song-oriented as DBT. They are simply masters of the three-to-four minute song. This is their seventh full-length and any of you who are into the sounds of Lucero, Neko Case, Drag The River, or Whiskey & Co. will find a whole hell of a lot to like here.

 –frame (New West)