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Drive-By Truckers perform in The Current's studio

Drive-By Truckers perform in The Current's studio.
Drive-By Truckers perform in The Current's studio.MPR photo/Leah Garaas
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by Bill DeVille

March 30, 2014

In town for a double-bill show with Blitzen Trapper, Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their new album, English Oceans.

Cooley and Hood have been playing music together for 29 years, and have been performing as Drive-By Truckers for the past 18. Their latest album, English Oceans, is their tenth full-length studio release. These seasoned pros and affable chaps walked right into the studios and, after quickly tuning their guitars, launched into a three-song session, hosted by The Current's Bill DeVille.

Between songs, Cooley, Hood and DeVille enjoyed a lot of friendly conversation. Cooley and Hood talked about growing up in Muscle Shoals, Ala., living and recording in Athens, Ga., and what it was like making an album with the legendary Booker T.

Hood also explains how the song "Pauline Hawkins" was inspired by a character of the same name in the book The Free, by author Willy Vlautin. Listen to the full audio to enjoy Drive-By Truckers' great songs and stories.

Songs Performed

"Made Up English Oceans"
"Pauline Hawkins"
"First Air of Autumn"
All songs off the Drive-By Truckers' 2014 album, English Oceans, out now on ATO Records.

Hosted by Bill DeVille
Produced by Linsday Kimball
Engineered by Cameron Wiley