Booker T. + Drive-By Truckers

Stax recording legend Booker T. Jones has dumped the MG’s for his latest album and hired a new band, the Drive-By Truckers.

It’s every bit as raw as Booker says, thanks to layers of guitar from the Truckers and Neil Young, who plays on nine tracks. The title track has five guitarists—three Truckers, Young and Booker, who writes on guitar even though he’s famous for playing organ.

Like classic Booker T. & the MG’s albums, “Potato Hole” consists entirely of instrumentals, which have melodies and funk rhythms to balance their grit. And like those classics, “Potato Hole” also includes instrumental covers of pop songs—Tom Waits‘ “Get Behind the Mule” and a down-home take on OutKast‘s “Hey Ya!”

This could either be ridiculous or totally badass. We’ll find out for sure when Potato Hole is released on April 21 on Anti-.

Booker T.: iTunes, Amazon, Insound

Drive-By Truckers: iTunes, Amazon, Insound

2 thoughts on “Booker T. + Drive-By Truckers”

  1. You can find a single from this on myspace and elsewhere. It’s not doing anything for me, but who knows, maybe I’d warm to a whole album.

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