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November 22, 2007

Turn Them Speakers Up Full Blast

It's not on any album by the Drive By Truckers, but when they do it live you can tell that Warren Zevon's "Play It All Night Long" is, deep down inside, a DBT song. The version they did in Atlanta on New Year's Eve 2003 is not quite as good as the one they performed the night before in Birmingham, Alabama (which I have on a bootleg). Still, it's great to find it available on video:

Something for which I do give thanks -- the band that helped me start to face, for the first time really, "the duality of the southern thing."

The next album, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, is out in January. Read Patterson Hood's account of its making here. His song-by-song discussion of it is here.

Posted by smclemee at November 22, 2007 6:03 PM


The genius of Warren Zevon was that his songs, when covered by a good band, could become their own.

Cant find it on Youtube, but the Pixies do an incredible version of "Aint that Pretty At All" which manages simultaneously to be both a Pixies song and a Zevon song- much like this one by the DBT.

I am waiting for the Joni Mitchell cover version of "Angel Dressed in Black", as I hear her up close and personal experiences would make her quite convincing when singing it....

Posted by: ries at November 23, 2007 11:17 AM