Drive-By Truckers Announce First Leg of "Go-Go Boots" Tour

The Drive-By Truckers announce the first leg of their Go-Go Boots tour. The band will kick of the 15 dates on February 25th with a two-night stand in Chicago, IL at the Vic Theater; they will also do two-night stands in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO. The Heartless Bastards will support through March 18th.
ATO Records will release Go-Go Boots, on February 15, 2011.  Go-Go Boots is their eleventh record and was produced by their longtime producer, David Barbe (Deerhunter, Bettye LaVette, Sugar). In conjunction with Go-Go Boots, they’ll also be releasing their documentary The Secret to a Happy Ending, directed by Barr Weissman, on DVD.
DBT will be releasing a series of Go-Go Boots episodes directed by Patterson Hood and Jason Thrasher. The first episode and acoustic version of the song “Go-Go Boots” can be viewed on the band’s web site: http://drivebytruckers.com/episodes.html.
DBT will end 2010 with a bang, playing at Terminal 5 in New York City for New Year’s Eve. For those of you that’s can’t make it to the Big Apple for NYE you can tune in to Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country (Sirius 63, XM 12) and hear the band’s performance live starting around 9:45 pm EST.
The Drive-By Truckers are Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Shonna Tucker, Brad Morgan, John Neff and Jay Gonzalez.

Go-Go Boots Tour:
  • Wed Feb 16 York, PA PULLO CENTER @ PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Thu Feb 17 Peekskill, NY PARAMOUNT CENTER FOR THE ARTS
  • Fri Feb 18 Washington, DC 9:30 CLUB
  • Sat Feb 19 Washington, DC 9:30 CLUB
  • Fri Feb 25 Chicago, IL VIC THEATER w/Heartless Bastards
  • Sat Feb 26 Chicago, IL VIC THEATER w/Heartless Bastards
  • Sun Feb 27 Omaha, NE SLOW DOWN w/Heartless Bastards
  • Wed Mar 02 Reno, NV KNITTING FACTORY w/Heartless Bastards
  • Thu Mar 03 Las Vegas, NV SILVERTON CASINO w/Heartless Bastards
  • Fri Mar 04 San Francisco, CA FILLMORE AUDITORIUM w/Heartless Bastards
  • Sat Mar 05 San Francisco, CA FILLMORE AUDITORIUM w/Heartless Bastards
  • Wed Mar 09 Eugene, OR MCDONALD THEATER w/Heartless Bastards
  • Thu Mar 10 Portland, OR WONDER BALLROOM w/Heartless Bastards
  • Fri Mar 11 Vancouver, BC COMMODORE BALLROOM w/Heartless Bastards
  • Sat Mar 12 Seattle, WA SHOWBOX AT THE MARKET w/Heartless Bastards
  • Tue Mar 15 Missoula, MO WILMA THEATER w/Heartless Bastards
  • Wed Mar 16 Boise, ID KNITTING FACTORY w/Heartless Bastards
  • Fri Mar 18 Denver, CO OGDEN THEATER w/Heartless Bastards
  • Sat Mar 19 Denver, CO OGDEN THEATER w/TBA
*There will be a limited number of 2-day tickets available for Chicago and Denver. Details will be posted to the band’s site.

Previously announced dates:
  • Thu Dec 30 Brooklyn, NY BROOKLYN BOWL SOLD OUT
  • Fri Dec 31 New York, NY TERMINAL 5 w/special guests
  • Sat Jan 01 Philadelphia, PA TLA
  • Thu Jan 13 Athens, GA 40 WATT w/2ND Sons
  • Fri Jan 14 Athens, GA 40 WATT w/Don Chambers and Goat and Henry Barbe
  • Sat Jan 15 Athens, GA 40 WATT w/David Barbe and The Quick Hooks and The Camp Amped Band
  • Thu Jan 20 Ft Lauderdale, FL CULTURE ROOM
  • Fri Jan 21 Tampa, FL THE RITZ YBOR
  • Sat Jan 22 Orlando, FL HOUSE OF BLUES w/John Bell & Friends, Nickel and the Polar Bears
  • Sun Jan 23 Jacksonville, FL FREEBIRD LIVE w/Futurebirds
  • Wed Jan 26 Pensacola, FL VINYL MUSIC HALL w/Futurebirds
  • Thu Jan 27 Huntsville, AL CROSSROADS w/Futurebirds
  • Fri Jan 28 Oxford, MS THE LYRIC w/Futurebirds
  • Sat Jan 29 Nashville, TN CANNERY BALLROOM w/Futurebirds

Steel Magnolia Surprises Fans At American Country Awards

Country sensations Steel Magnolia surprised two unsuspecting fans with American Country Awards tickets Monday night before their performance on the live, inaugural awards broadcast on FOX.   During their red carpet walk, the stars decided to thank their fans by giving away two of their own tickets to the show.
Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey took a break from interviews on the red carpet and walked out to the pool of fans gathered just outside the limo drop. Whitney Boren and Dana Keele of Heber, Utah were the lucky recipients.  As if primo seats to the ACAs weren't enough, Josh and Meghan invited Dana and Whitney to join them on the red carpet to sing the chorus of the smash, "Keep On Lovin' You," with the stars themselves on FOX's live national red carpet pre-show. 
 "It was so cool," said Whitney Boren of the experience.  "Steel Magnolia –both of them – were so very nice to us.  We were so excited and so nervous to go to the red carpet.  Singing on TV was nerve-wracking, but Steel Magnolia were so nice that they made it so easy. We had a great time at the awards.  The whole thing was way cool." 
Steel Magnolia's brand new single, "Last Night Again," which the duo wrote with celebrated songwriter Hillary Lindsey ("Jesus Take the Wheel"), launched at Country Radio this week and is currently available at iTunes.  Their self-titled debut album is set to be released on 1/11/11 and will be available everywhere, with pre-sale orders available now at Amazon.com.

Todd Snider's Top 5 Favorite Performers Of All Time

Many people list Todd Snider as one of their favorite singers of all time, but the musical storyteller has heroes of his own. In celebration his new live double-disc album titled "The Storyteller," Snider carefully wrote interesting musings about his favorite five writers and performers that shaped his career.
 


1. Bob Dylan
Todd Snider: "For me, when it comes to being a fan of a troubadour, I have to laugh with you before I'll cry with you, simply because most troubadours expect you to cry over their journal entries with them. Most troubadours are awful people. Bob, however, is not. I think he's America's finest contribution to the world, of any kind. He does not have a song I don't like, and while he doesn't talk much on stage, when he does, it's precise, funny, wise and everything else. There really is no point in anyone else doing this troubadour thing. Hell, I once paid for a tape of Bob arguing on the phone.....and I thought it was a great album."

2. Bill Hicks
Todd Snider: "While Bill might not be as funny as Bob Dylan, he does take on subjects that Bob abandoned as a young man, and through the use of humor he gives legs to these topics that Bob Dylan couldn't. I have to admit that Bill never quite figured out how his music and lyrics meshed, but he sure tried. He played guitar on all his albums and often referred to himself as a rock musician...I wonder sometimes if he knew what talking blues were, because he loved talking and loved the blues but never combined them. I sometimes tell Elvis, my tour manager, that we are taking up where Bill left off, like I'm Bill Hicks if he'd a been a Ramblin' Jack Elliott fan."

3. Michael Stipe
Todd Snider: "Sexy physical humor is generally regarded as impossible, but with his dancing and striptease clothing act, Michael Stipe is about the only singer I've ever seen pull this off on a regular basis. Guys are laughing, girls are drooling...he's in on all of it. Magic, and even comically ironic considering his sexual orientation. Iggy Pop is close in this regard, but for me...no cigar. People don't always get Michael's humor, but did you ever see the video where he outs his band as straight? Hysterical. And I know he mumbles a lot of lyrics, but when you dig into them they can be topical and funny. Ramblin' Michael Stipe: Troubadour. I have always been amazed at all the levels his performance could be taken on. Is that Andy Kauffman or Mick Jagger or Hunter S. Thompson? The answer is yes."

4. Mitch Hedberg
Todd Snider: "He reminds me of Michael Stipe a little in the way he juxtaposes his position as an artist. His stage stance was almost like Jim Morrison's.....like imagine Jim doing "The End" hanging off the mic with his "aloof rocker who wont even look at the crowd" riff going. You know the "I'm just gonna stand here behind my sexy" vibe.....Except when he opens his mouth, what he says is hysterical and smart (not "ride the blue snake," thank God). Hedberg's another guy who was supposedly a comedian but actually considered himself a musician...and acted like one too. An admirable stoner-slash-junkie wearing great shades. One of the things I dig about him and Bill Hicks is that you really could put drums to his tracks. A drummer would not be lost trying to overdub to these concerts because they move with rhythm. The last thing he ever wrote down was "Do you believe in gosh?"

5. Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Todd Snider: "The father of them all.......Only wrote one song in his life and yet brought us everyone from Dylan to Jerry Jeff Walker. One thing I love about Ramblin' Jack, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Jeff Walker is that those are not their real names. Any troubadour worth his salt invents himself out of nothing. It gave me the courage to just become the tipsy gypsy one day (high school varsity letters and republican parents be damned). We're not who our parents say we are. We're who we say we are. Right dad? And I'm Ramblin' Jack Elliot?...Wait....I got confused there. Not sure what my point was....uh....I'll tell you this though.......I saw Ramblin' Jack at Jerry Jeff's birthday party in 1986, and he played his only song. It's called "912 Greens." The song is about 15 seconds long and only has two lines in it: "Did you ever see a river that made you want to shiver.' But the story that precedes the song is 45 minutes long..."


Todd Snider never fails to disappoint, and the singer-songwriter's words about his favorite writers and performers of all time are both interesting and insightful. Snider's new 2-disc album "The Storyteller" will drop February 1, 2011. Don't miss it.

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