Drive-By Truckers Hit the Road to Support ‘English Oceans’

After Drive-By Truckers lead singer Patterson Hood finishes up with his solo tour over the next few weeks, his day job as the band’s frontman will see the five piece embark on another tour in support of their upcoming LP English Oceans.

The band say that their current line up  “boasts a leaner and more powerful live show.” Along with guitarists/vocalists Hood and Mike Cooley, who founded DBT 17 years ago, the group includes Brad Morgan on drums, Jay Gonzalez on keys and guitars, and Matt Patton on bass.

The band’s tour kicks off on January 31st in Asheville, North Carolina, and will see the group make stops in New York, Boston, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles and Phoenix, among other places, before wrapping up with two shows in New Orleans on May 2nd and 3rd.

This gives Patterson Hood less than week long holiday, as his solo tour wraps on January 24th with a show in Seattle.

In the meantime, the band are currently preparing for the release of their upcoming studio full length English Oceans, which is due on March 4th. At present, the band have released one song from the record – “Pauline Hawkins.”. The tune, which is the first preview from English Oceans, was the last song Hood wrote for the record. “Pauline Hawkins” was inspired by a character from Willy Vlautin’s latest novel, “The Free.”

“I had forgotten what a punk-rock outfit that shit was,” co-frontman Mike Cooley told Rolling Stone. “The new record has kind of gone back to that simple sound. It sounds like a smaller band again.”

English Oceans is the first Truckers record that splits the songwriting duties evenly between its two singers, Hood and Cooley. “I didn’t really have a lot of songs for the last couple of records and I was a little freaked out,” Cooley told Rolling Stone. “You start to think ‘okay, I guess I might be done. Sometimes you just have to go back in and relearn how to do it.’”