Drive-By Truckers Ready to Debut ‘Go-Go Boots’
That’s the title of the group’s 14-song follow up to ‘The Big To-Do’ which was released just this past March. The songs for the upcoming album were all written, and many were recorded, at the same time as the songs on ‘The Big To-Do.’
“When we recorded ‘The Big To-Do,’ we cut close to 40 songs,” Chief Trucker Patterson Hood tells The Boot. “We were averaging a song a day. Everyone was ridiculously creative and came in with great material.”
Rather than shelve great songs or record a longer release, the band decided to split the songs into two albums. Listeners will find the ‘Big To-Do’ is more rock oriented, while ‘Go Go Boots’ will be “our country, soul and murder ballad album,” Patterson says.
If you can’t wait to hear the new sound, DBT will release a 10-inch record with the songs ‘Thanksgiving Filter’ and ‘Used to Be a Cop,’ which also appear on ‘Go-Go Boots,’ on Record Store Day, November 26. The limited-edition release will feature a special sleeve designed by artist Wes Freed as well as a download card.
At the same time the new album is released, DBT will also share with fans, ‘The Secret to a Happy Ending,’ a film about the redemptive power of rock ‘n’ roll that was formed in the American South.
In addition, the Truckers will release a series of ‘Go-Go Boots’ episodes directed by Patterson Hood and Jason Thrasher. As a preview to the episodes they’ve released a video for “Used To Be a Cop” that can be viewed here.
According to Patterson, a tour to support the new album will soon be announced.
“We wrote a couple of brand new songs for it at the last minute,” Patterson says of the upcoming release. “We’re really excited about it. We’ll tour with combined shows having elements of [both albums]. It should be great.”
The Drive-By Truckers are currently on tour in Europe and will return to the United States in early December. Their next scheduled U.S. concerts are December 10 and 11 in Asheville, N.C. and December 31 in New York. For a complete list of cities and dates, check here.