Saturday, March 19, 2011

Drive-By Truckers Drive Through Knoxville - 4/7/11

The Drive-By Truckers will return to Knoxville on Thursday, April 7th to the Valarium for yet another great rock show! The Truckers are touring to support their latest album Go-Go Boots

and their newest documentary The Secret to a Happy Ending.

This will no doubt be a BIG TIME show, so make sure you get your tickets here now! Maybe we can get them to do an in-store performance that afternoon at the Disc Exchange...we'll see.
Check out previous DBT posts here including an "In Cahoots" interview with the DBT's Patterson Hood from last spring!
Dylan LeBlanc will open the show.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Coming April 12

From Lightning Rod

New Album From Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Coming April 12:

Here We Rest, new album from Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, is set for an April 12th release on Lightning Rod Records. Here We Rest is the second album from Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, and Isbell’s third. Their 2009 self-titled debut received high praise from the press, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Paste, Blurt, Details, Washington Post and many more.

An Alabama native, Isbell comes from a tradition of Southern music. He proudly embraces his roots, which shine through in his songs and even in the title of the new album. Here We Rest was Alabama’s original motto. However, instead of resting comfortably within its boundaries, Isbell, along with keyboardist Derry deBorja, guitarist Browan Lollar, drummer Chad Gamble and bassist Jimbo Hart transcend them. His thoughtful songwriting and warm, soulful voice are genuine, natural abilities that come through in the music.

From the soulful heartache of “We’ve Met” and “Save It For Sunday” to the country-infused folk of “Alabama Pines” and “Daisy Mae” to the old school R&B of Candi Staton’s “Heart On A String”, Here We Rest is steeped the best of southern American music. Isbell’s songs continue to reveal themselves the more you listen. From his lyrical depth to his vocals, his songs penetrate the heart and the mind, and stay with you. A true sign of great songwriting.

Here We Rest was produced by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and recorded at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL and at The NuttHouse in Sheffield, AL. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit will be previewing the Here We Rest during South By Southwest in Austin, TX on March 17th. A full tour will follow the April release. Stay tuned for dates.

See track listing below.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Here We Rest – Track Listing

1.) Alabama Pines
2.) Go It Alone
3.) We’ve Met
4.) Codeine
5.) Stopping By
6.) Daisy Mae
7.) The Ballad Of Nobeard
8.) Never Could Believe
9.) Heart On A String
10.) Save It For Sunday
11.) Tour Of Duty

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Foos Noos

The Foo Fighters' "White Limo" is coming to Knoxville on Monday, 3/21 at noon...Come out and see it...I don't think that Lemmy will be driving it this time though...

The Foo Fighters will be hitting the road with Motorhead this spring, with Memphis being the closest date as of now. In the meantime, check out the noo Foo video for "Rope" and the trailer for the documentary "Back and Forth" below:

Hayes Carll in-store show at the Disc Exchange

Hayes will do an in-store performance at the Disc Exchange before his show at the Shed that evening (tix here). More Hayes here at his site...and more Hayes here on my site...

The Junky Star returns to Knoxville

Academy Award winning singer/songwriter and desperado Ryan Bingham (Crazy Heart) returns to Knoxville next week for what will be another amazing show. If you don't have tickets to this show yet, you may be out of luck...I'd be on the horn now trying to get some if it's not too late.

Ryan's last album, 2010's Junky Star, was included in my Best Albums of 2010 list. For other Bingham posts, check here and get to this show at the Bijou Theatre on Saturday, March 26th.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Noo Foo

"White Limo" featuring Motorhead's Lemmy as the driver

The new Foo Fighters album, Wasting Light, will be out April 12th on Roswell/RCA Records

Bonnaroo or Yawn-aroo 2011? You decide...

This is a confirmed list of musicians playing Bonnaroo 2011 from


Arcade Fire

Widespread Panic

The Black Keys

Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale

My Morning Jacket

Lil Wayne

String Cheese Incident

Robert Plant & Band of Joy

Mumford & Sons

The Strokes

The Decemberists

Ray Lamontagne


Iron & Wine

Girl Talk


Dr. John and The Original Meters performing Desitively Bonnaroo

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Pretty Lights

Florence + the Machine

SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John

Explosions In The Sky


Gogol Bordello


Big Boi

Scissor Sisters

Gregg Allman


Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz


Warren Haynes Band




Old Crow Medicine Show

Bootsy Collins & the Funk University

Wiz Khalifa

Matt & Kim

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

The Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Mavis Staples

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

Chiddy Bang


Bruce Hornsby

Loretta Lynn

Cold War Kids

The Walkmen

Wanda Jackson

Neon Trees

Portugal. The Man

Sleigh Bells

Amos Lee

Best Coast

Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter

The Sword

The Drums

The Black Angels

School of Seven Bells

J. Cole

Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea




Freelance Whales

Justin Townes Earle

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Deer Tick

Band of Skulls

Sharon Van Etten

Abigail Washburn

Omar Souleyman

Twin Shadow


Man Man

The Low Anthem

Alberta Cross

Railroad Earth

Jessica Lea Mayfield

Smith Westerns

The Head and the Heart

Karen Elson

Beats Antique



Clare Maguire

Hayes Carll

Bonnaroo 2011 Announcement

Stay tuned...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Arcade Fire bringin' it to The Suburbs

Congrats to the Arcade Fire on their win last night at the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony for Best Album of 2010 with The Suburbs.

This album was included in many writers and snobs' lists alike, including my own Best of 2010 list...clearly the powers that be either 1) agreed, 2) didn't like Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry or Lady Gaga, or 3) just wanted to throw absolutely everyone off their trail. That was one of the most surprising, exciting and hopeful wins I have seen in quite some time. Congrats to the Canucks. See other winners and nominees here.

Perhaps this is a sign of things to come, with a few lesser known names winning like the Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding, and not as much as the glossed-over, over produced and over-played pop and hip-hop, with more insightful and artistic music being focused on, and not as much of the big-machine, mass produced factorized hits and obvious choices.

Let's hope, at least.

Happy Valentine's from the DBT

Happy Valentine's from the DBT