Drive-By Truckers: "These songs called for lyrical playing and slide guitar was a great way to achieve that"

Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers
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Drive-By Truckers have been a band for damn near 24 years now, and in that time they’ve solidified a place as a proper institution of the alt-country world. Throughout the turbulence of lineup changes and the trends that perpetually shift the sound of contemporary roots rock, the Athens, Georgia-bred outfit has always done one thing exceedingly well: craft honest, unapologetic, soulful and unfettered Southern-tinged rock music. 

With their latest LP, The Unraveling, founding members, guitarists and songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have brought their group back to the recorded form after three years away - the longest time the band has ever gone between releases.

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