The Drams supporting Drive-By Truckers Sunday October 15, 2006 Mr. Small's Funhouse Millvale, PA


Lowenbrau anyone?

The Drams: Hummalong/Shortsighted/Crudely Drawn/Never You Mind/You Won't Forget/Unhinged/I Can Tell Your Love Is Waning/Make A Book/I Am The Cosmos

Drive-By Truckers: The Living Bubba/One Of These Days/Decoration Day/Road Cases/72 (This Highway's Mean)/Sink Hole/The Day John Henry Died/ Puttin' People On The Moon/Play It All Night Long/Marry Me/Goddamn Lonely Love/Tales Facing Up/Cottonseed/Ronnie and Neil/Never Gonna Change/Shut Up And Get On The Plane

Encore: A World Of Hurt/Outfit/Zip City/Feb 14/Let There Be Rock/I'm Eighteen/Lookout Mountain

So things are tight money-wise around here lately and my show budget is drastically cut. I have all intent and purposes to catch this show, but the $20 ticket price is killing me (seriously, my funds situation is abysmal). I really want to catch The Drams and could actually care less about seeing the Drive-By Truckers. I saw them in 2002 touring behind Southern Rock Opera (to a crowd of about 30) and while they did blow me away, I kinda lost favor with them over the years. Their southern, spoken-word, guitar anthem vibe wasn't really doing much for me and I passed up several shows since then. The Drams on the other hand were formed from the ashes of Slobberbone and I was digging the fuck out of their latest release. Seeing a request on the band's message board for someone to work merchandise during the show, I jumped at the chance to get in the show free.

Keith, The Drams bassist, set me up and I hung out all night and enjoyed the show. I am proud to say I sold the most stuff so far on the tour. I am thinking of doing it more often to save some cash. The upside is that I got a free shirt. Turns out some guy just sent the band a few prototypes for a new t-shirt design and I got a one of a kind shirt since the band quickly rejected the submissions! Bonus! The downside was my pictures turned out like shit from so far away.

The Drams came out and played a short, terrific set. What a tease for a headline show. As the Truckers hit the stage the room was surprisingly full. Damn, they have come a long way since I saw them last. More than a few people mentioned to me they discovered the band though the jam scene. I guess the festival circuit really pays off in growing your fan base (see My Morning Jacket). I am happy to say the band really was fantastic. They played a high energy show for 2+ hours and had the crowd in the palm of their hand. I would have gladly paid the ticket price for that show.


My view from the 'merch perch'. Shit this band is LOUD!

Wanna see some killer photos from a few nights later in Canada courtesy Frank Yang ( This is how you take concert pics.

Brent Best hand-written setlist


The Drams autographed Jubilee Dive CD cover



The Drams autographed print (The band loved the artwork (Superfriends!!) so I gave Jess the original).


Drive-By Truckers autographed print


Drive-By Truckers and The Drams autographed flyer

Amazingly, I think I am the most sober person in this picture. Well I guess not that amazing, these are The Drams. What a great bunch of guys.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette preview blurb

Thursday October 12, 2006


Drive-By Truckers, last seen here with the Black Crowes this summer under the tent, return for a headlining show at Mr. Small's Theatre at 8 p.m. If you know Patterson Hood and The Truckers, they are well-described as "Equal parts back porch historians, runaway drunken firecrackers, and poets of the hard life and how to live it," as their bio states. The band is touring on its seventh record, "A Blessing and a Curse," which continues to deal in heavy themes of love and loss with gritty characters and even grittier Southern rock. The Drams open the show. Tickets are $20. 

Drive-By Truckers autographed promotional ad.

Drive-By Truckers Friday July 26, 2002 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

w/ Soda Jerk

Life In The Factory/Road Cases/Women Without Whiskey/One Of These Days/Birmingham
Dead, Drunk And Naked/Guitar Man Upstairs/Buttholeville/Margo And Harold/Decoration Day/
Bulldozers And Dirt/Heathens/Outfit/Marry Me/My Sweet Annette/Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus)/
18 Wheels Of Love/Zip City/Let There Be Rock/Steve McQueen

Encore: The Living Bubba/Thank God For The TVA/Uncle Frank/Ronnie And Neil/
72 (This Highway's Mean)/Sinkhole/Shut Up And Get On The Plane

Fun, fun, fun. This three guitar attack on the senses isn't for everyone. Like my wife. She wasn't planning on staying the whole night but wanted to check them out at least. They started and she stayed approximately 20 seconds before bailing. This band is fucking loud! But in a great way. They sure do know how to rock. They are very nice and appreciative as well. 

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