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The Dirty South

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Where the Devil Don't Stay
The Day John Henry Died
Puttin' People on the Moon
Carl Perkins' Cadillac
Sands of Iwo Jima
The Boys From Alabama
Buford Stick (The Legend of Sheriff Buford Pusser)
Daddy's Cup
Never Gonna Change
Lookout Mountain
Goddamn Lonely Love
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 70:34

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Hands down their best album.


It's so good everything on here that isn't platinum is merely gold. It's that kinda good.

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Well worth it


This album cements The Drive-By Truckers as one of the standard-bearers of alt country. Fans of the band can debate what their best record is, but for those new to them, or new to alt country, this is a great intro.

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Right up there


Isbell's tunes are generally excellent and Cooley is as consistent as ever but Patterson slips a bit here - too often going for the spoken word angle rather than rocking things. A necessary record for any Truckers fan, but a notch or two below DD.

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Strange but very cool!


This is an unique album. Country Punk? The more I listened the more I liked. This was the first album I listened to by these guys, I think they will last a long time.

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It's kind of amazing that neither of the official reviewers noted that these guys are copping the Farrar/Tweedy act from Uncle Tupelo. That's all I've got to say . . . this is a really good album.

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Best DBT Album


If I didn't already own this album I would've downloaded immediately. Best tracks for me are "Where the Devil Don't Stay", "Cottonseed", and "Lookout Mountain".

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Wish I's still an outlaw.....


This is their best that eMusic has to offer. This is the first one I heard and it won me over. Southern rock at it's sweatiest, dirtiest, finest. Love the cover, too.

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These guys make great music...


I own every album. They are all great. Treat yourself and dive in to all that is the Drive-By Truckers.

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Start Here


This is by far the DBT's best release--download the whole thing now. The first six tracks are stellar. The "Sands of Iwo Jima" reminds me of my own Greatest Generation relatives. I heard them live this spring and their best song was "Lookout Mountain," a rocking but terribly depressing song. My personal favorites not already mentioned are 1,3,and 5.

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Must have for country rock fans.


This and the others from DBT are a must have for any country rock fan. Always have atleast one of their albums on hand, when road tripping. Got to see them once live and what a great show, with a wide variety of people in attendance.

eMusic Features


Interview: Drive-By Truckers

By Andrew Perry, Contributor

It's the mark of a truly great band, when, nine albums in, they're still spiriting up incredible music which somehow redefines them. So it is with Drive-By Truckers, and their latest full-length, Go-Go Boots. Variously resident across Alabama and Georgia in the American South, the band was kickstarted 15 years ago by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, a chalk-and-cheese duo, who'd grown out of the Replacements-y punk rock they'd been pursuing thanklessly for the preceding decade.… more »

They Say All Music Guide

When you’ve named your band the Drive-By Truckers and your first three albums are called Pizza Deliverance, Gangstabilly, and Alabama Ass Whuppin’, you might have a hard time at first convincing folks that you aren’t joking. But the Drive-By Truckers proved that they were most definitely not kidding with 2001′s brilliant double-disc Southern Rock Opera, and 2003′s Decoration Day actually upped the ante on what might have been a fluke masterpiece with its dark and thoroughly absorbing chronicle of hard times in the American South. With The Dirty South, the DBTs have crafted an equally effective companion piece to Decoration Day that plays on the gangsta rap reference of its title with a set of vividly rendered portraits of life along the margins of respectability below the Mason-Dixon line, from laid-off factory rats dealing drugs to feed their kids to Alabama gangsters determined to shut down the cops who made their daughters cry. From the first low, metallic stomps from Brad Morgan’s kick drum on “Where the Devil Don’t Stay,” it’s clear that The Dirty South isn’t going to be a good-time party most of the way, and while there are some brilliant anthemic rockers on this album (most notably “The Day John Henry Died,” “Carl Perkins’ Cadillac,” and “Never Gonna Change”), and Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and Jason Isbell have grown into a force to be reckoned with as both guitarists and songwriters, there’s more than a little blood, fear, doubt, shame, and simple human tragedy at the heart of these stories. While much of America might be laughing at “You might be a redneck…” jokes, the Drive-By Truckers aren’t about to let anyone forget the harsh truth behind growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in this country, and the tough, muscular force of their music only sharpens the bite of their stories. They can also turn down the amps and still hit you in the heart, especially on “Danko/Manuel” and “Daddy’s Cup,” and David Barbe’s production gives this band the full-bodied clarity they’ve always deserved. Believe it — the Drive-By Truckers are the best, smartest, and most soulful hard rock band to emerge in a very long time, and while The Dirty South isn’t always good for laughs, it has too many great stories and too much fierce, passionate rock & roll for anyone who cares about such things to dare pass it up. – Mark Deming

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