Preview: Long-running Southern rock crew Drive-By Truckers still revvin' on English Oceans

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Over the course of nearly two decades making music, the Southern rockers in Drive-By Truckers have remained a model of consistency. There’s not a complete dud in the group’s deep, rich catalog, and there was even a stretch in the early 2000s where it could be argued they were the best American band working, releasing three classic albums — Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day and The Dirty South— between 2001 and 2004.

These days, the Georgia natives have settled into a comfortable middle-aged groove, and it’s unlikely the crew’s latest, English Oceans, will win over new converts. It’s a shame, too. Dual songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley still flaunt an author’s eye on three-dimensional character sketches (the woman on “Till He’s Dead or Rises” who moves through life with “the fear of Jesus on her side”), and the political songs (“Made Up English Oceans,” “The Part of Him”) have a bite sharpened by years spent living as outspoken blues in a decidedly red state.

Houndmouth opens the show.

Photo courtesy of Drive-By Truckers

Newport Music Hall

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23

1722 N. High St., Campus