Athens, Georgia's Drive-By Truckers passed through Seattle recently, and singers Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley stopped by the KEXP studios to play a handful of tracks from their latest album, English Oceans.
Kicking off with "Primer Coat," the guys turned the small studio into an intimate performance space. The long, wistful song takes on a different tone with Patterson Hood playing a Kay acoustic 8-string guitar. The chorus effect similar to that of a 12-string adds a richness that makes up for the lack of a full band.
Up next was "The Part Of Him," a full-bodied song with plenty of interplaying guitar harmonies. They stop to talk to host Kevin Cole about the song's inspiration. Hood says it's about the archetypal political roles we see people play.
They go on to have a long chat, touching on the breaks they took from touring, the creative process behind the English Oceans, Mike Cooley singing the lead for one of Hood's new songs, and how everything seems to fall into place for them.
They head back into the music, with Cooley's finger-picked "First Air Of Autumn" leading the way. The calm acoustic track has a pensive nature, but the beautiful melodies keep it from getting too dark.
The Truckers end their set with Patterson's "Pauline Hawkins," the first single shared from the new record. Hood introduces the song by explaining its literary inspirations before they strum out the 6-minute epic. Watch the full half-hour performance above.
Drive-By Truckers on KEXP 4.23.2014 Setlist:
"The Part Of Him"
"First Air Of Autumn"
Source: KEXP YouTube Channel