For all intents and purposes, the band
Drive-By Truckers could also be called “Changing Lineup.” Over the
years, quite a few musicians have entered and left the building of this
acclaimed group. But the heart of the Truckers is still true, with original
members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley continuing to hold the reins.
With his shorn sides/unkempt mop top
haircut and defiantly Punk energy, Rusko has the period look of one of
Ian Dury’s Blockheads circa New Boots and Panties. But his birth in 1985 places him in a different musical context entirely.
In the subsequent two decades, X has done
an anthology, an acoustic live album and various stray tracks, while
playing regular festival gigs and working around John Doe and Exene Cervenka’s
fascinating solo music and acting careers.
Although it sounds like potentially the
worst show on the National Geographic channel, Diarrhea Planet is
actually the irrefutable evidence that Nashville, Tenn.’s music scene is
defined by much more than big hats and open mics at the Bluebird Cafe.
If you find today’s so-called “Punk Rock” to be a little
lacking, you’re in for
a treat this week as two of the best American Punk acts team up with a
pair of Ohio greats — Cincinnati’s SS-20 and Dayton’s Legbone.
When it comes to the struggles of the wandering
troubadour, Slaid Cleaves knows the perils of that life from top to
bottom. He's sung on the street for his supper in Ireland and Boston,
played in Punk and Roots Rock bands for little or no return and fixed his
own van on the road.