The Drive-By Truckers' creation myth, anchoring their debut album with the doomed but galvanizing tale of an AIDS-stricken working musician, with its determined refrain: "I've got another show to do."
Amid Act I of the bandâs breakthrough âopera,â over a nearly naked three-chord riff, Hood delivers a plainspoken yet profound soliloquy about growing up Alabaman in the era of George Wallace, Bear Bryant and Ronnie Van Zant, musing on âthe duality of the Southern Thing.â
On this song, originally written for his pre-DBT band, Adamâs House Cat, in 1988, Hood really leans into the vocal, elevating the scattershot narrative of a fearsome storm to the level of historical import, rather than soon-forgotten news fodder.
This driving rocker, from the album thatâs perhaps the bandâs most coherent statement, sets the titleâs clichÃ© aflame as Hood, seething with resigned rage, spits a horror story of economic and environmental catastrophe.
âDrag the Lake, Charlie,â The Big To-Do (2010)
The best kind of Southern Gothic death-rocker, in which the latest eruption of dysfunction and violence is as mundane a nuisance as the damn mosquitoes.