Drive-By Truckers – New Album ‘The Unraveling’ 31st January – UK Shows In June


Drive-By Truckers will release their much-anticipated new album The Unraveling’ through ATO Records on 31st January. ‘The Unraveling’ is heralded by today’s premiere of the bracing new single, ‘Armageddon’s Back In Town’, available now for streaming and download. The track is joined by an official lyric video streaming now.

In addition, the band have announced US and European tour dates next year, including a show at London’s 02 Forum on 6th June. WATCH ‘ARMAGEDDON’S BACK IN TOWN’ LYRIC VIDEO HERESTREAM ‘ARMAGEDDON’S BACK IN TOWN’ ON SPOTIFY Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album and first new LP in more than three years – the longest gap between new DBT albums – ‘The Unraveling’ was recorded in September 2018 at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and longtime DBT producer David Barbe. Co-founding singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood both spent much of the time prior doing battle with deep pools of writer’s block, struggling with how to confront America’s present turmoil through song.

The songs that eventually emerged are among Drive-By Truckers’ most direct and pointedly provocative, tackling the myriad horrors of our new normal through sincere emotion and unbridled heart.

Indeed, ‘Armageddon’s Back in Town’ takes a whirlwind joyride through the whiplash of events we collectively deal with each day while the concluding ‘Awaiting Resurrection’ dives headfirst into the despair and pain roiled up by these troubled times. “The past three-and-a-half years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen,” says Hood, “and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core. “While a quick glance might imply that we’re picking up where 2016’s ‘AMERICAN BAND’ album left off, the differences are as telling as the similarities. If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath. I’ve always said that all of our records are political but I’ve also said that ‘politics is personal’. With that in mind, this album is especially personal.” 

The remarkable songcraft found on ‘The Unraveling’ receives much of its musical muscle from the sheer strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s almost 25-year history. The LP also features a number of special guests, including The Shins’ Patti King, violinist/string arranger Kyleen King (Brandi Carlile), and North Mississippi All-Stars’ Cody Dickinson, who contributes electric washboard to the strikingly direct ‘Babies In Cages.’ Hailed by Stereogum as “perhaps the greatest extant American rock and roll band,” Drive-By Truckers will mark ‘The Unraveling’ with an epic world tour. The band have confirmed two UK shows in June.

For more info, please visit the official Drive-By Truckers tour page

TRACKLISTINGRosemary With A Bible and A GunArmageddon’s Back In TownSlow Ride ArgumentThoughts and Prayers21st Century USAHeroin AgainBabies In CagesGrievance MerchantsAwaiting Resurrection DRIVE–BY TRUCKERS ON TOUR 2020JANUARY16 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater17 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre18 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre FEBRUARY13 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club14 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club15 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle19 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater21 – Webster Hall – New York, NY22 – Boston, MA – Somerville Theatre23 – Portland, ME – State Theatre25 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall27 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club MARCH20 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom21 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom22 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre24 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre26 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren31 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater APRIL2 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater3 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn4 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn16 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel17 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel18 – Charleston, NC – High Water Festival *21 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat23 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall24 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant25 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium27 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall28 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live29 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall MAY1 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City2 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees * JUNE1 – Raalte, NL – Ribs and Blues3 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street5 – Leeds, UK – Irish Centre6 – London, UK – O2 Forum7 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso8 – Antwerp, BE – De Roma * FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE