With the “Wig he Made Her Wear” from last year’s The Big To-Do, Patterson Hood started a streak of Southern murder dramas, which he continues on the title track and “The Fireplace Poker” from WTMD’s CD of the Week, Drive-By Trucker’s Go-Go Boots.
This time, Hood, who reportedly may be writing a movie on Southern crime syndicates, flips the true plot of an allegedly abusive preacher who met his untimely end at the hands of his humiliated wife. He’s matter-of-fact yet empathetic to his female victims.
A real feminine touch comes courtesy of bassist Shonna Tucker’s lone original, “Dancin’ Ricky,” which declares to her dancing fool antihero, “Don’t let the diabetes get you!” But, don’t miss “Where’s Eddie,” Tucker’s stunning cover of underappreciated Muscle Shoals session guitarist and songwriter Eddie Hinton (who wrote Dusty Springfield’s “Breakfast in Bed”), one of two on the record.
Mike Cooley’s warm, familiar baritone twang appears on the made-for-Cash “The Weakest Man” while a dobro and banjo make his plucky “Cartoon Gold” ripe for Avett Brothers fans.
Drive-By Truckers songs play more like vignettes than muscular country-flavored rock songs, though they still can flex a-plenty live.
Check out the talents of this uniquely American band all week long on WTMD.