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Drive-By Truckers Announce New Album 'American Band'

06/22/2016
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Drive-By Truckers

(Radio.com) The Drive-By Truckers have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, which will be entitled "American Band," on September 30th. Radio.com had these details:

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Patterson Hood said in a statement about the album, "These are crazy times and we have made a record steeped in this moment of history that we're all trying to live through. We've always considered ourselves a political band, even when that aspect seemed to be concealed by some type of narrative device i.e. dealing with issues of race by telling a story set in the time of George Wallace or class struggles by setting 'Putting People of the Moon' in the age of Reagan."

"This time out, there are no such diversions," he continued. "As these songs are mostly set front and center in the current political arena with songs dealing with our racial and cultural divisions, gun violence, mass shootings and political a--ry. Once again, there is a nearly even split between the songs of [guitarist/singer/songwriter Mike] Cooley and myself, with both of us bringing in songs that seem to almost imply a conversation between us about our current place in time."

"American Band is a rock and roll call to arms as well as a musical reset button for our band and the country we live in. Most of all, we look at it as the beginnings of some conversations that we, as a people very much need to begin having if we ever hope to break through the divisions that are threatening to tear us apart." Read more here.

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