Posted May 2, 2014 by Gerard O'Sullivan in Show Reviews

Drive-By Truckers // 4-24-14 // Roseland Theater


The Drive-By Truckers have been touring and making music for nearly two-decades, with several swap-outs of members supporting the original & two remaining founders , Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley.  This core duo form the sound of of the band which centers around their ability to compose brilliant story-telling weaved into that unique southern rock and blues sound.

Opening band, Shovels and Rope, also contributed to that southern rock sound stripped down to its bare minimum of a guitar, small drum kit and some keys for a raw bass sound.  The husband-and-wife duo served as a perfect appetizer for the evening and delighted the crowd when the better half of the duo, Cary Ann Hearst, commented that “We really love Portland, you are like rednecks that read”.  The highlight of their set was the closing Chuck Berry penned “Hail Hail (Rock n’ Roll)”.

Drive-By Truckers newest bassist Matt Patton, who replaced Shonna Tucker last year, brought a child-like enthusiasm with his ear-to-ear grin throughout the entire show.  The remainder of the band included birthday boy & drummer Brad Morgan, and  keyboardist/guitarist Jay Gonzalez.  Supporting their newest record, English Oceans, the band weaved through a mix of the new tunes and older staples including “Hell No I Ain’t Happy” and “Box of Spiders”.

Gerard O'Sullivan



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