Drive-By Truckers Return With 14th Studio Album ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII’

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Drive-By Truckers have announced the release of their 14th studio album, Welcome 2 Club XIII, due via ATO Records on Friday, June 3. Pre-orders are available now. Welcome 2 Club XIII is heralded by today’s premiere of its swinging title track, “Welcome 2 Club XIII,” available for streaming and download; the track – which pays homage to the Muscle Shoals honky-tonk where founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley got their start – is joined by an official music video streaming now via YouTube and can be seen below,

There were no cool bars in town and Club XIII was the best we had,” says Hood, referring to the two vocalist/guitarists’ former band, Adam’s House Cat, “but it wasn’t all that good, and our band wasn’t particularly liked there. From time to time the owner would throw us a Wednesday night or let us open for a hair-metal band we were a terrible fit for, and everyone would hang out outside until we were done playing. It wasn’t very funny at the time, but it’s funny to us now.

Arriving as Drive-By Truckers enters its 26th year, Welcome 2 Club XIII marks a sharp departure from the trenchant commentary of The Unraveling and The New OK (both released in 2020). Produced by longtime Drive-By Truckers collaborator David Barbe and mainly recorded at his studio in Athens, GA, Welcome 2 Club XIII took shape over the course of three frenetic days in summer 2021 – a doubly extraordinary feat considering that the band had no prior intentions of making a new album. Featuring background vocals from the likes of Margo PriceR.E.M.’s Mike Mills, and Mississippi-bred singer/songwriter Schaefer LlanaWelcome 2 Club XIII was recorded live with most songs cut in one or two takes, fully harnessing Drive-By Truckers’ freewheeling energy. Songs like epic, darkly thrilling “The Driver” and the spirited, horn-blasted “Every Single Storied Flameout” see the band – whose lineup also includes keyboardist/guitarist Jay Gonzalez, bassist Matt Patton, and drummer Brad Morgan – looking back on their formative years with both deadpan pragmatism and profound tenderness, instilling each song with the kind of lived-in detail that invites bittersweet reminiscence of your own misspent youth.

Cooley and I have been playing together for 37 years now,” Hood says. “That first band might have failed miserably on a commercial level, but I’m really proud of what we did back then. It had a lot to do with who we ended up becoming.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS LIVE 2022

APRIL

12 – Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall *

14 – Augusta, GA – Imperial Theatre *

15 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville *

16 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville *

18 – Lexington, KY – The Burl (Outdoors) *

20 – Ashland, KY – Paramount Arts Center *

21 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center *

22 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater *

23 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre *

24 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall *

26 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground *

28 – Boston, MA Royale *

29 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony *

30 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia *

MAY

1 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *

12 – Memphis, TN – Soundstage at Graceland

13 – Natchez, MS – Mudbug Music Festival

14 – Huntsville, AL – Orion Amphitheatre

24 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia Club †

26 – Stockholm, Sweden – Berns †

27 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller †

28 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio †

29 – Aarhus, Denmark – Train †

31 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle †

JUNE

1 – Berlin, Germany – Kesselhaus †

2 – Koln, Germany – Kantine †

3 – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma †

5 – Raalte, Netherlands – Ribs and Blues †

6 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso †

7 – Brighton, UK – Chalk †

8 – London, UK – O2 Forum †

9 – Leeds, UK – Leeds University Stylus †

11 – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street †

12 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3 TV Studio †

14 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013 (Jupiler Zaal) †

15 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie †

17 – Mendizabala, Vitoria-Gasteiz – Azkena Rock Festival

19 – Eridge Park, UK – Black Deer Festival

JULY

14 – Breckenridge, CO – Riverwalk Center

15 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion

16 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads

19 – Omaha, NE – Falconwood Park

20 – Minneapolis, MN – Utepils Brewing

22 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place

23 – Dayton, OH – Dayton Masonic Center

24 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Beer Garden

27 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre

29 – St. Louis, MO – Open Highway Music Festival

30 – Maryville, TN – The Shed

31 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

AUGUST

2 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27

4 – Deerfield, MA – Tree House Brewing Company

5 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

8 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre

10 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer

11 – Isle of Palms, SC – The Windjammer

12 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre

13 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns

SEPTEMBER

16 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond

* w/Special Guest Lydia Loveless

† w/Special Guest Jerry Joseph

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