Drive By Truckers

Not only is this our finest album, but it sounds better on vinyl by an even bigger margin than any of the others. It was written, learned, played, mixed and mastered for vinyl. It's how it was meant to be heard and it shines like Rain Dance Car Wax on a 69 Camarro. It may not be as fast around the curve as your modern hybrid but that long road trip will be as fine a ride as you ever experience. As a bonus, an included MP3 will provide the digital impetus to make you iPod quake with it's fine sounds and it is pretty fine in that format also. Best of both worlds, vinyl sound, big beautiful packaging and portable iPod sounds for a hopefully reasonable price. Gatefold sleeve to separate what needs to be separated. Big Beautiful artwork by Wes Freed seen in the size it was intended to be seen in. Technicolor horizons. Indeed. [Drive By Truckers]

Brighter Than Creation's Dark is out January 22nd on New West Records. New songs are streaming at MySpace.

DBT front-man Patterson Hood made a list of his top 10 new releases of 2007......

1. IRON AND WINE - THE SHEPHERDS DOG - An incredible album that rewards multiple listens and my pick for the best album of the year.

2. RADIOHEAD - IN RAINBOWS - My close pick for second favorite. After all the hype of how it was released (or not), the album stands on its own as their best work since Kid A, maybe better.

3. WILCO - SKY BLUE SKY - Their best studio album. Even better when played live. Possibly the best band in America.

4. VIC CHESNUTT - NORTH STAR DESERTER - I've been saying this is his finest since West of Rome (1992) but upon further listening, this is his best album ever.

5. SPOON -GA GA GA GA GA - My vote for most fun album of year. Great live act also.

6. WHITE STRIPES - ICKY THUMP - Their finest album yet. inventive and a total blast.

7. RICKIE LEE JONES - THE SERMON ON EXPOSITION AVE. - Her finest album since 1981's masterpiece Pirates. Beautiful and inspiring.

8. PORTER WAGONER - WAGONMASTER - Thank God, he got to make this album before his sad departure this year. Kudos to Anti Records and Marti Stuart for making this happen.

9. BO BEDDINGFIELD AND THE WYDELLES - CLEARGREEN - Hard to find, self released EP from Athens GA. Well worth seeking out for great writing, singing and playing.

10. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - MAGIC - Best Springsteen album since Nebraska, his best Rock album since The River. A little over-produced, but still essential.

Patterson also went on to mention "WILCO - Austin City Limits Taping , Austin TX 9/15/07". He said, "As fine as their new album is, they're even better live." I couldn't agree more. I haven't made a list of my favorite shows of 2007 yet, but if and when I do, that one will be on it (I was lucky enough to be in attendance - they taped it at the same time as this year's ACL Festival).

Drive By Truckers are touring in 2008. They'll play Terminal 5 in NYC on March 26th during the second half of their tour. Tickets go on sale Friday. The Felice Brothers will be touring with the Truckers, but only on the first-half of their tour - aka they will not be at Terminal 5, but New Yorkers wanting to catch the Brothers can do so on February 1st @ Mercury Lounge. Tickets are on sale now.

Jason Isbell

Former-Trucker Jason Isbell also has a bunch of shows coming up - some of them as part of a tour with Will Hoge. Together they play Bowery Ballroom in NYC on February 21st. Dawn Landes is also playing that show, and joining them on part of the tour. Tickets are on sale. Jason is also taking part in the New York Guitar Festival on January 12th.

All new interpretations of Dylan classics performed by Laura Cantrell, Stevie Jackson (Belle & Sebastian), Marshall Crenshaw, Oakley Hall, Nicole Atkins & Lenny Kaye, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Toshi Reagon, Kelly Joe Phelps, Freeman, Harry Manx & Kevin Breit, The Last Town Chorus/Megan Hickey, Jesse Harris, Richard Julian & Jim Campilongo, Chocolate Genius Inc. and others.

It's at the World Fincial Center, and FREE. All dates below.....

Drive By Truckers - 2008 Tour Dates
Mon Feb 11 - Anaheim CA - HOUSE OF BLUES *
Tue Feb 12 - Los Angeles - CA - AVALON *
Wed Feb 13 - San Francisco CA - MEZZANINE **
Fri Feb 15 - Portland OR - ROSELAND - **
Sat Feb 16 - Seattle WA - SHOWBOX **
Sun Feb 17 - Seattle WA - SHOWBOX - **
Tue Feb 19 - Boise ID - BIG EASY CONCERT HOUSE - **
Wed Feb 20 - Salt Lake City UT - THE PALADIUM **
Thu Feb 21 - Aspen CO - BELLY UP **
Fri Feb 22 - Denver CO - OGDEN THEATRE **
Sat Feb 23 - Boulder CO - FOX THEATRE **
Mon Feb 25 - Omaha NE - SLOWDOWN **
Tue Feb 26 - Columbia MO - BLUE NOTE **
Wed Feb 27 - Urbana IL - CANOPY CLUB **
Thu Feb 28 - Milwaukee WI - PABST THEATRE **
Fri Feb 29 - St. Louis MO - PAGEANT **
Sat Mar 01 - Louisville KY - HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL **
Fri Mar 14 - Memphis TN - MINGLEWOOD HALL
Sat Mar 15 - Nashville TN - CANNERY BALLROOM
Sun Mar 16 - Newport - KY - SOUTHGATE HOUSE
Tue Mar 18 - Millvale PA - MR SMALLS THEATRE
Wed Mar 19 - Toronto ONT - OPERA HOUSE
Thu Mar 20 - Montreal QUE - CABARET MUSIC HALL
Fri Mar 21 - Northampton MA - PEARL STREET
Sat Mar 22 - Boston MA - PARADISE ROCK CLUB
Tue Mar 25 - New Haven CT - TOADS PLACE
Wed Mar 26 - New York NY - TERMINAL 5
Thu Mar 27 - Philadelphia PA - THE FILLMORE @ THE TLA
Fri Mar 28 - Richmond VA - THE NATIONAL
Sat Mar 29 - Asheville NC - ORANGE PEEL

* w/North Mississippi Allstars, The Felice Brothers
** w/ The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers - Roll on Arte

The Felice Brothers - 2008 Tour Dates
Fri 02.01 - New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Thu 02.08 - Memphis, TN Hi-Tone w/ Justin Townes Earle
Mon 02.11 - Anaheim, CA House of Blues *
Tue 02.12 - Los Angeles, CA Avalon *
Wed 02.13 - San Francisco, CA Mezzanine *
Fri 02.15 - Portland, OR Roseland Ballroom *
Sat 02.16 - Seattle, WA Showbox *
Sun 02.17 - Seattle, WA Showbox *
Tue 02.19 - Boise, ID Big Easy *
Wed 02.20 - Park City, UT Suede *
Thu 02.21 - Aspen, CO Belly Up Tavern *
Fri 02.22 - Denver, CO Ogden Theatre *
Mon 02.25 - Omaha, NE The Slowdown *
Tue 02.26 - Columbia, MO Blue Note *
Wed 02.27 - Champaign, IL Canopy Club *
Thu 02.28 - Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre *
Fri 02.29 - St. Lous, MO The Pageant *
Sat 03.01 - Louisville, KY Headliner's *
Sun 03.09 - Everglades Park, FL Langerado Music Festival

* w/ Drive By Truckers

Jason Isbell - 2007/8 Tour Dates
Fri 12.14 - Asheville, NC Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam Pre-Jam
Sat 12.15 - Asheville, NC Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam
Fri 12.21 - Houston, TX Walter's on Washington
Sat 12.22 - Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
Thu 12.27 - Huntsville, AL Crossroads *
Fri 12.28 - Birmingham, AL Workplay Theatre *
Sat 12.29 - Chattanooga, TN Rhythm and Brews *
Sun 12.30 - Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre *
Mon 12.31 - Charleston, SC Music Farm * , Leslie
Sat 01.12 - New York, NY The New York Guitar Festival w/ The Royal Albert Hall Project
Wed 01.16 - Memphis, TN The Hi-Tone **
Thu 01.17 - Little Rock, AR Sticky Fingerz **
Fri 01.18 - Dallas, TX Granada Theater **
Sat 01.19 - Austin, TX Antone's **
Tue 01.22 - Tuscon, AZ Club Congress **
Wed 01.23 - San Diego, CA Casbah **
Thu 01.24 - Long Beach, CA The Vault **
Fri 01.25 - Los Angeles, CA Spaceland **
Sat 01.26 - San Francisco, CA Slims **
Mon 01.28 - Sacramento, CA Harlow's w/ Jeremy Fisher
Wed 01.30 - Portland, OR Mission Theater **
Thu 01.31 - Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern **
Fri 02.01 - Boise, ID Neurolux **
Sat 02.02 - Park City, UT Suede **
Mon 02.04 - Boulder, CO The Fox Theatre **
Wed 02.06 - Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre +
Thu 02.07 - Madison, WI High Noon Saloon +
Fri 02.08 - Chicago, IL Double Door +
Sat 02.09 - Indianapolis, IN Music Mill +
Mon 02.11 - Cincinatti, OH Southgate House +
Tue 02.12 - Columbus, OH The Basement +
Thu 02.14 - Detroit, MI The Magic Stick +
Fri 02.15 - Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom +
Sat 02.16 - Buffalo, NY Tralf Music Hall +
Sun 02.17 - Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live +
Tue 02.19 - New Haven, CT Toad's +
Wed 02.20 - Boston, MA Paradise +
Thu 02.21 - New York, NY Bowery Ballroom +
Fri 02.22 - Washington, DC 9:30 Club +
Sat 02.23 - Charlottesville, VA Satellite Ballroom +
Sun 02.24 - Wilmington, NC Soapbox w/ Dawn Landes
Tue 02.26 - Columbia, SC Headliner's +
Wed 02.27 - Athens, GA Georgia Theatre +
Thu 02.28 - Knoxville, TN Bluecat's +
Fri 02.29 - Louisville, KY Headliner's +
Sat 03.01 - Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom +

* w/ Will Hoge
** w/ Will Hoge, Jeremy Fisher
+ w/ Will Hoge, Dawn Landes

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