Drive-By Truckers, Ryley Walker at Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins 02.26.22

Based out of Athens, Georgia, Drive-By Truckers cover a lot of ground when it comes to genres. Alternative Southern rock and country would not be a bad place to start. They have recorded over a dozen albums that touch on many different subjects; as our world is constantly changing, the band is evolving, exposing truths and experimenting right along with it. The band is stacked with talent and diverse influences from all over the musical spectrum. Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood are responsible for vocals and guitars; Brad Morgan on drums along with Matt Patton on bass keep the rhythm section tight, and Jay Gonzalez on keys, guitar, and accordion keeps the arrangements flowing.

Drive-By Truckers. πŸ“·: Backstage Flash

The band was locked down like the rest of the world for quite some time. They chose to keep very active with virtual shows from their respective homes. Patterson Hood wrote a two new songs inspired by the BLM protests that were happening around the country and, combined with tracks that were recorded earlier in Memphis, resulted in the release of The New OK, a recording that picks up where their last album The Unraveling left off. Continuing on the themes of our-country-coming-apart-at-the-seams, it includes the single β€œTough to Let Go,” which had a very moving video centered on the Portland protests. These two albums are meaningful accounts of life in America today.

Patterson Hood – Drive-By Truckers. πŸ“·: Backstage Flash

The band is currently on tour traveling to cities around the country until mid-May. Continuing on to Europe after a two-week break, the band will resume in Finland for dates running until June 19. Eager to be playing live shows to devoted fans around the world, Fort Collins was grateful to get a stop at the Aggie Theatre last night (Saturday, February 26).

Jay Gonzalez – Drive-By Truckers. πŸ“·: Backstage Flash

 

Ryley Walker opened the show. His experimental blues-based psychedelic rock sound can be described as adventure rock. He is a journeyman of styles with no limits or constraints, and his fingerpicking approach on the guitar is otherworldly. He lets the riff take him on an exploration of improvisational attitude. The songs build and intensify as they weave around the room. His bass player and drummer are just as intense as they commit to the groove, and all of a sudden it’s like a spaceship flipping around the atmosphere with wild intensity. Ryley has a great sense of humor and charisma; he is very interactive with the crowd and makes everyone in the room feel comfortable.

Ryley Walker. πŸ“·: Backstage Flash

Walker will also play in Europe in May and June and has a big tour scheduled in September opening for Dinosaur Jr.

Ryley Walker. πŸ“·: Backstage Flash

 

Drive-By Truckers took the stage next. They came armed with guitars, grooves, and honest songwriting about things in life that have touched them personally, past and present. The band does not use a setlist; at least there wasn’t one I saw. They played with great intensity and tone. With so many different guitars to choose from, the sound is always changing, and that diversity is what makes this band so dynamic to see live. The place was packed full of loyal fans; some I talked with drove ten hours to get to the show and were thrilled to be there.Β 

Brad Morgan – Drive-By Truckers. πŸ“·: Backstage Flash

The band let loose an array of hard-hitting guitar-driven arrangements as the vocals were evenly shared by Cooley and Hood. Their voices sounded crisp and cut through the room with clarity and power. Southern rock influences are all over this band, and they have utilized those gifts to the fullest extent. They are a great live rock band and have been making great music for many years and for many more to come, we hope. Last night’s show was the second-to-last on a long run of shows, but they will be back on the road after a short break. Tip of the hat to the guitar tech who handled the assortment of guitars the band plays each night!

Drive-By Truckers. πŸ“·: Backstage Flash

 

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