Top 10 albums of 2009 - Steve Newton
It wasn’t a stellar year for music, but thanks to an amazing southern-rock/alt-country band from Georgia and four Canadian artists I managed to scrape together a list of 10 albums that rose above the dismal din.
The Fine Print (a collection of oddities and rarities) 2003-2008
It’s a testament to the depth and talent of the DBTs that this collection of outtakes and alternate versions is so strong, whether in the form of a cautionary message to a country great (“George Jones Talkin’ Cell Phone Blues”) or a gripping tale of organized arson (“The Great Car Dealer War”).
Drive-By Truckers' "The Great Car Dealer War".
Live From Austin TX
The cool thing about this live CD/DVD package is that after you’re done just listening to the songs—many of them culled from the DBTs’ sprawling 2008 masterwork Brighter Than Creation’s Dark—you can see them performed for TV’s Austin City Limits.
Drive-by Truckers perform "The Righteous Path".
Now here’s a cookin’ combo made in instro-rock heaven: the Drive-By Truckers backing up Hammond B3 legend Booker T. Jones, with Neil Young sitting in on lead guitar. Their music-only version of OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” is a real hoot.
Booker T's "Hey Ya".
Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
Sixteen years after Kerosene Hat, David Lowery and Johnny Hickman still have the guitar-rock goods. “Hey Bret (You Know What Time It Is)” is a get-your-ass-up boogie classic to rival AC/DC’s “You Shook Me (All Night Long)”.
Cracker's "Hey Bret (You Know What Time It Is?".
Rachelle van Zanten
Where Your Garden Grows
The former Painting Daisies member from Burns Lake delivers 10 rootsy odes to the wonders of nature and our fragile environment. She also plays a pretty mean guitar.
Rachelle van Zanten performs "Showerhead".