I've been a huge Drive-By Truckers fan since they blew the lid off the Southern rock genre with Decoration Day in 2003 (Southern Rock Opera may have put them on the map, but DD was the shit). Tossing distinctly liberal politics into the mix and backing up their towering, multi-guitar attack with a song writing approach that is fantastically imaginative, hyper-intelligent, and refreshingly compassionate, Patterson Hood and his collaborators have locked in their status as a classic rock force to be reckoned with. Lynyrd Skynyard should be ashamed, and Neil Young is undoubtedly proud.
The song "The Man I Shot" is a prime example of why they are one of the most important rock bands operating on the U.S. tour circuit today. Much like their song about the fallout from an unintentional incestuous relationship, it is a non-judgmental, clear eyed examination of violence and regret. You can read Hood's analysis here, or you can just watch this:
The Truckers play the Showbox February 16-17. Get your tickets here.