Drive-By Truckers Recorded Their New Album in Two Weeks

The untitled album will come out in March

Drive By Truckers
November 11, 2013 6:45 PM ET

Southern rockers the Drive-By Truckers announced today that they will release a new, as-yet-untitled album in March. The album follows up 2011's Go-Go Boots and, according to Billboard, was produced by their frequent collaborator David Barbe. The band plans on previewing some of the new songs live. 

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"We made [the album] quickly," Hood told Billboard. "The last time we did a record it was like a two-year process that ended up being two records [Go-Go Boots and 2010's The Big To-Do], and then we spent three years touring behind all of it. That was something I guess we felt like we had to do at the time, but it's definitely not what we wanted to do this time – probably ever again. So earlier this year we said, 'We're gonna go in and just make a record in two weeks,' and that's what we did."

The frontman, who released the solo album Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance last year, claimed that the new Drive-By Truckers album sounds mostly upbeat yet diverse. For the first time, he and multi-instrumentalist Mike Cooley, who cofounded the band, split songwriting duties. "It all came together really happily and quickly, and it was a lot of fun," Hood said of the album. "We [were] more or less pounding it out live in the studio – actually in a warehouse. It's turned out really good."

The group's most recent release, however, is a reissue of their first live record, Alabama Ass Whuppin', which came out earlier this year. The reissue was sourced from original half-inch reel-to-reel tapes. It also corrects several issues that arose with its first, now out-of-print release.

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