The veteran Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers are now 11 albums deep into a long career, and they deserve credit for finding ways to stay inspired that entire time. On their new album American Band, out next week, they’ve taken a look around and considered the state of the country around them. American Band is an explicitly politically-driven album, one that looks long and hard at the way Americans relate to one another in 2016. The album addresses things like mass shootings and Confederate flag controversies, and at least on first listen, it finds an always-vital band sounding even more vital than usual. Honestly, an album like this couldn’t have come at a better time. We’ve already posted the early tracks “Surrender Under Protest,” “What It Means,” and “Filthy And Fried.” And right now, you can stream the entire album below, via NPR.
American Band is out 9/30 on ATO Records.