"Once upon a time my dream was to play in a Rock and Roll Band..." begins the Patterson Hood-penned liner notes of the Drive-By Truckers new 5 LP / 3 CD live record. A deluxe album recorded over three nights at San Francisco's historic Fillmore Auditorium, It's Great To Be Alive! is 35 tracks of Drive-By Truckers history. Out today, the album can be found digitally at iTunes, Amazon and the band's website.
"One of the fun things about doing this live project was digging back and pulling out older songs and revisiting them with this lineup of the band and breathing some new life into some nearly forgotten songs," Patterson explained. "This one is the oldest song on the collection (and the oldest song that I still play). "Runaway Train" dates back to 1987 when Cooley and I had our first band together (Adam's House Cat). I actually wrote it about my parent's divorce and I always considered it one of my best songs from that era. It's really good to break it out now from time to time."
Two versions of this release are available; It's Great To Be Alive! is the full 35-track record as a five vinyl / three CD set and This Weekend's The Night is a two vinyl, thirteen track version.
In addition to this record, the band will tour the Midwest in November and both Patterson and Cooley will embark on solo dates in December. All shows on sale HERE.
11/13 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
11/14 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
11/15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
11/17 - Bloomington, IL - Castle Theatre
11/19 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
11/20 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
11/21 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
1/20 - 1/23 - Todos Santos, Mexico - Todos Santos Music Festival
PATTERSON HOOD SOLO DATES
12/3 - Little Rock, AR - South on Main (SOLD OUT)
12/5 - Austin, TX - Hole In The Wall
12/8 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
12/9 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12/15 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
12/16 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12/18 - Denver, CO - Soiled Dove
12/19 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
2/2 - 2/6 - Riviera Mayo, Mexico - Panic en la Playa Cinco Hard Rock Hotel
MIKE COOLEY SOLO DATES
12/10 - Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic
12/11 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
12/17 - Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic
12/18 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
12/20 - Santa Rosa Beach, FL - Grayton Beach Beer Company