The Alabama-bred, Athens-born DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
may not own Escalades or flash ice, but the band's five members know plenty about the dirty South. Having already released two hard-livin' / hard-charging country rock albums, a live recording and an ambitious two-disc Lynyrd Skynyrd-inspired Southern Rock Opera
, DBT continued their study of "the duality of the Southern thing" with 2003's Deliverance Day
, a marriage of the band's increasing strength in delivering both twang and pang. A collection of strong concepts without being overtly conceptual, Deliverance Day
confirms DBT as impassioned, empathetic players in the vein of any of their idols. They deftly navigate the field between raucous and restrained, mixing the kind of subtlety into a stomp that, like Neil Young, will keep them truckin' for years to come. The Drive-By Truckers are proof good ol' boys can learn ya new (South) tricks.