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Music / Drive By Truckers

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Drive-By Truckers are an American band that straddle the lines between Alternative Country, Southern Rock, and Hard Rock. Formed in Athens, Georgia by guitarist/vocalist Patterson Hood with fellow guitarist/vocalist Mike Cooley in Athens, Georgia in 1996. The two had previously performed together in the Birmingham, AL-based band Adam's House Cat in the late 80s, and had both grown up in the Muscle Shoals area (Hood's father David was the bassist of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythim Section). The band's lyrics often focus on telling stories of both the good and the bad of Southern heritage (or, as one song calls it, "the duality of the Southern Thing"), and they are known for their energetic, freewheeling live shoes.

Although Hood and Cooley are the only constant members, many musicians have floated through the band throughout the years:

Current Members

  • Patterson Hood: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Lead and Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Mandolin (1996-present)
  • Mike Cooley: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Lead and Backing Vocals, Banjo, Harmonica (1996-present)
  • Brad "EZB" Morgan: Drums and Percussion
  • Jay Gonzalez: Keyboards, Backing Vocals (2008-present); Lead, Rhythm, and Slide Guitars (2012-present)
  • Matt Patton: Bass, Backing and Leadnote  Vocals (2012-present)


Past Members

  • Adam Howell: Bass, Backing and Lead Vocals (1996-1999)
  • Matt Lane: Drums (1996-1999)
  • John Neff: Pedal Steel Guitar (guest 1996-2006, band member 2006-2012); Lead, Rhythm, and Slide Guitars, Backing Vocals (2006-2012)
  • Rob Malone: Bass, Backing Vocals (1999); Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Backing and Lead Vocals (1999-2001)
  • Earl Hicks: Bass (1999-2003)
  • Jason Isbell: Lead, Rhythm, and Slide Guitars, Lead and Backing Vocals (2001-2007)
  • Shonna Tucker: Bass, Backing Vocals (2003-2012); Lead Vocals (2007-2012)


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