Drive-By Truckers ready to hit the pavement

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The Drive-By Truckers have revealed plans for a spring tour that will bring them to Boston’s House of Blues on Friday, April 2. Joining the southern rock/alt-country favorites will be Lucero and Langhorne Slim. Tickets for the show are just $22.50 and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

The band will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, The Big To-Do. The album, their eighth studio effort, is scheduled for release on March 16 and follows 2008’s Brighter Than Creation’s Dark. You can get a taste of the new material by listening to “This Fucking Job” on their MySpace or downloading it for free here.

“It’s very much a rock album,” said frontman Patterson Hood in a press release. “Very melodic and more rocking than anything we’ve done since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera.” The inspiration for The Big To-Do came to the band during their time on the road. “We’ve often set our songs and albums in different periods of time, but this one finds us directly in our present. Riding all through the highways of America (and Europe) trying to make sense of a very different world than the one we grew up in,” explained Hood. “I don’t write a lot of songs on the road, but I did more than usual on this album and many more were inspired by or set there, either in a literal sense or something I witnessed or heard about while I was out there.”

Last year, the band released a live album called Live From Austin, TX and a compilation of b-sides and rarities called The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities. They also backed Booker T. Jones on his album Potato Hole, which won the Best Pop Instrumental Album at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

“The Secret To A Happy Ending”, a documentary about the Drive-By Truckers by Barr Weissman, is also expected to be released later this year.


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