Drive-By Truckers – Asheville, NC 01/31/2009 [zip file]
This has been a great 12 months for the Drive–By Truckers. The band beat the odds after losing one of their key songwriters (Jason Isbell) and showed that they could not only carry on but absolutely blow the minds of their fans by putting out their best album to date, Brighter Than Creation’s Dark. Known for their full throttle live shows and relentless touring, the band hit the road supporting the album and sold out theaters/large clubs in nearly every town they hit.
Before taking some much needed time off (which ended up not being much time off), the band started out 2009 with a string of shows labeled “The Righteous Path Tour” and delivered some of the best shows of the entire tour. The band sounded full of energy and did not even seem like a band that had already been on tour for over a year supporting the same album.
When the Truckers pulled into Asheville, NC for a two night stand at the legendary Orange Peel, they delivered two of what I feel are the tightest, most intense shows of the tour. I was lucky enough to catch the 2nd night which ended up being the barn burner of the two – opening with the rarely played Uncle Frank and playing other rare gems like Too Much Sex, Too Little Jesus, Box of Spiders and Checkout Time In Vegas literally moved me to tears. The six song encore was an absolute face melter which included an amazing cover of Van Halen’s Aint Talkin’ ‘Bout Love, State Trooper/Buttholeville, and a goosebump inducing Angels and Fuselage.
This is a show not to be missed! Enjoy!
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