A year ago, when the Drive-By Truckers pulled into the Bowery Ballroom for their biggest New York show yet, they didn't try and put on a tight professional show. Instead they joyfully extended their story-songs with well-soused three-guitar mayhem that won the full house over. At the same venue six months later, a cadre of enthusiastic twentysomethings shouted along with Old 97's faves like it was a hometown reunion gig. The 97's, to whom songful perfection came slowly, hadn't made a new record in three years; the Truckers are road warriors living that modest dream of so many working-class Southerners: earning a living while... More >>>