a whole lot of the drive-by truckers and a bit of the hold steady – rock’n’roll means well tour

an incomplete review. 


went to Louisville last night to catch the opening night of the Rock and Roll Means Well  tour featuring the Drive-by Truckers and The Hold Steady.  the bands are alternating opening/closing.  last night D-bT opened.


Drive-by Truckers is a band I'd been looking forward to for a while. they are the spiritual and musical heirs to Lynyrd Skynyrd; they have great ease on stage and are enjoying themselves. presumably the individual whiskey fifths help the nice vibe along. 

Drive-by Truckers set (roughly)

living Bubba
women without whiskey
love like this
the righteous path
Ghost to most                                                                                                                                                   

I'm sorry Houston
Goode's field road
company I keep
3 dimes down
Ronnie and Neil                                                                                                                                                   

marry me
hell no I ain't happy
zip city                                                                                                                                                            

home field advantage                                                                                                                                        

let there be rock
Alabama ass whuppin'                                                                                                                                    

look out mountain 


Louisville is about 1½-hour away and I'm at work today, so we didn't catch but the first hour of The Hold Steady's set. 'twas interesting, but almost a little funny after the intensity of D-bT.  when THS came on stage it felt like the A-V club nerds were taking over the stage after the *real* show was over. 

partial The Hold Steady set (roughly)

stay positive                                                                                                                                        

constructive summer
two-handed handshake
your little hoodrat friend
navy sheets
chips ahoy
the swish
you can make him like you
song for cutters
sequestered in Memphis

NOTE:  very rough setlists.  apparently standing and drinking beer is not conducive to the best handwriting.

ANOTHER NOTE:  the weird spacing between the songs in the setlists is entirely VOX's fault.  I got tired of trying to fix it.

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