Drive-By Truckers perform at The Anthem on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
Full disclosure: The songs of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have guided me through some of the best and hardest years of my adulthood. From the first discovery of Southern Rock Opera during my college years to the most recent American Band, I can write with confidence that their songs hold persistent meaning to me.
So, I will not be objective about the recent performance of Drive-By Truckers at The Anthem. Consider this your warning.
Drive-By Truckers (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)
Drive-By Truckers and Lucinda Williams team for a big show at The Anthem on Friday, Feb. 8!
Clutch performs at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Dec. 27, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Breen)
Clutch performed the first of their annual Holiday Run Tour recently at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. Shantel Breen captured the show!
Patterson Hood performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Dec. 7, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)
Patterson Hood, who leads the Drive-By Truckers with Mike Cooley, started writing songs more than 45 years ago. He formed the predecessor to the Drive-By Truckers, Adam’s House Cat, more than 30 years ago, and the Truckers have been going strong for more than 20. In an amazing, sold-out solo acoustic show on Friday night, Patterson showed that he’s every bit in love with songs after all this time.
Jesse Wells fronts Welles at Union Stage on Dec. 6, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
Named after lead singer Jesse Wells, Welles combines a mix of rock genres — classic, hard, and southern — into a musical style that brings a timelessness to their songs. Welles bundled that mix into part of Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour at Union Stage recently.
The Marcus King Band (Photo by David McClister)
The Marcus King Band released Carolina Confessions, their third studio album, via Fantasy Records on Oct. 5. The gents bring the Carolina Confessions Tour to 9:30 Club on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Bastille (Photo courtesy Red Light Management)
British synthpop band Bastille will soon release its third album, Doom Days, but first it will headline the DC101 Office Party at The Anthem on Tuesday, Dec. 4! Sharing the bill with Bastille are Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Meg Myers, and The Glorious Sons.