• The Mouth of the South

    There's an old adage in the Bible Belt: Prophets are never honored in their hometown. The Drive-By Truckers, who call Alabama home, have been cold-cocking roadhouses across America for years, building a rep as alt country's rockingest neo-rednecks. To promote Southern Rock Opera, an audacious new double CD ostensibly about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, main singer/songwriter Patterson Hood booked them 75 dates in 90 days. But there's nothing doing in Florence and Muscle Shoals, the adjoining Alabama towns that raised them. The Muscle Shoals karaoke jointthe band filled last time refused to have them back. "They used to not book us because we didn't draw," groans guitarist/songwriter MikeCooley. "Now they don't book us because they don't like the kind of people we do draw." The Florence club that finally did say yes shutdown three days before the gig.

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