One album is usually enough for a band to make at any given time.
This time out, Drive-By Truckers made two.
Even as the Athens, Ga.-based Southern rockers were was rolling out their eighth studio album, “The Big To-Do” last month, the group was in the studio working on its successor, “Go Go Boots,” though no definite release plan has been set yet.
“There was just a lot of new material around,” explains Patterson Hood, the most prolific of the group’s three songwriters, “and we didn’t want to do another sprawling, long record like (2008’s) ‘Brighter Than Creation’s Dark.’ So pretty early in the process we started dividing it into two (albums).
“This is the first time we’ve ever been in that position. This is really the way I’ve always wanted to do it; the whole two-year cycle between records has always bummed us out, so this enabling us to break that cycle, and I would love by the time we put ‘Go Go Boots’ out to be working on the follow-up to it.”
Patterson describes “Go Go Boots” as “our rhythm & blues murder ballads record ... about as different as it could be and still be the same band.” But that doesn’t mean the Truckers are giving short-shrift to “The Big To-Do,” either.
“I love writing,” says Hood, the son of Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood. “One of my favorite things in the world is when it’s working, and it seems like the more I write, the better I write — it’s like exercising any other muscle.
“So it’s been good lately, having a bunch of stuff coming. We’d all gone through some dry spells there for a couple of years where I think we were just touring so much and working so hard day-to-day that it was having a negative effect on the writing. Now we’ve got it back on track.”
Drive-By Truckers perform Thursday, April 8, at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 with a $64 four-pack. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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