Over the years, the mid-sized town of Athens, Georgia has produced an inordinate amount of stupidly talented musicians. You know, bands you may have heard of, like R.E.M. and the B-52s. On the twangy end of the spectrum, Drive-By Truckers have been carrying on this torch of Athenian pride by keeping the airwaves saturated in tunes that are more ear candy than plain old alt-country.
After releasing a round dozen (though not yet baker’s) albums, the DBT crew is continuing to do their hometown proud by keeping career momentum at an all-time high. Despite undergoing numerous lineup changes, and all the turmoil involved therein, the band’s latest effort, 2014’s English Oceans, is as solid a slice of southern-fried rock as the Truckers have ever put forth. It’s a good thing there’s still air in these long-traveled Truck tires – nobody wants to do a drive-by on balding big-rigs. But we won’t have to worry about that any time soon.
Kalamazoo State Theatre
March 19, 8 p.m.
kazoostate.com, (269) 345-6500