Friday, May 9, 2008

the Dexateens, Drive-By Truckers (05.09.08)

the Band: the Dexateens, Drive-By Truckers
the Date: Fri May 9, 2008
the Venue: 9:30 Club (DC)

(Photo credit to Holley St. Germain and her Flickr page:

The Dexateens opened the night with a big ol' heap of southern-fried ROCK. Hailing from Tuscaloosa, these guys were proof that classic southern rock fused with a little punk can be pretty damn cool. In fact, these 'Bama boys completely rocked the house for a full hour plus. The crowd loved 'em and the applause was nothing short of uproarious. We were so worked up that we fully expected an encore from this opener. But alas, those shenanigans are saved for headliners.

(Photo credit to Holley St. Germain and her Flickr page:

The main attraction was the Drive-By Truckers. For this visit, they scheduled two nights in the nation's capitol (we were originally going to both nights, but I'm getting too old to handle back-to-back shows … that's for another blog). These guys put on an awesome, awesome show! Lots of energy, lots of Jack Daniels, lots of down-home, heart-thumping rock 'n' roll! Lead singer, Patterson Hood, started the set with a slowed-down version of Puttin' People on the Moon, AWESOME! The setlist covered the span of their now seven albums (do we still call them albums?) including this year's Brighter Than Creation's Dark. My personal favorites were The Living Bubba, the eerie You and Your Crystal Meth, and Let There Be Rock. The evening ending cover of People Who Died with the Dexateens brought back on stage was pretty amazing too.

Full setlist (with big help from the Rockist Society): Puttin' People on the Moon / Where The Devil Don't Stay / The Righteous Path / One of These Days / The Company I Keep / Play It All Night Long (W. Zevon cover) / Gravity's Gone / The Living Bubba / Checkout Time in Vegas / You and Your Crystal Meth / Goode's Field Road / A Ghost to Most / I'm Sorry Huston / Sink Hole / Dead, Drunk, and Naked / Guitar Man Upstairs / Lookout Mountain / ENCORE / 3 Dimes Down / Zip City / Let There Be Rock / A World of Hurt / Buttholeville > State Trooper (B. Springsteen cover) > Buttholeville* / People Who Died (J. Carroll cover)*

* with the Dexateens

And I can't die now cuz I got another show to do ...

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