Decoration Day (2003) is one of my all-time favorite albums. I had never heard anything by the Drive-By Truckers before but I loved the album from the moment I began playing it. Later in 2003, I saw the DBT play at Fletcher’s, a small bar in Baltimore. It was a long, loud, sprawling, amazing show. It was even better than the album. I’ve seen them seven times but they were never better. They had three singer-songwriters who played guitar. They even played solos on songs that were written by one of the other guys. The songs were personal but also examined what the South is like today and the link to the past. The title song especially is about the past. It’s a tough world – there are two songs about suicide.
A recording of the show is available here.