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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Share “What It Means (Live From Newport Folk Festival)”, New 7″ Coming Soon

“This is the first song I wrote for [American Band], said Drive-By Truckers singer and songwriter Patterson Hood prior to the band’s performance of the stirring song “What It Means” at Newport Folk Festival this summer. “It wasn’t political, it was personal.”

Today the band has unveiled the live audio of this performance as well as Hood’s ruminations on America’s ‘fear of the other’ and origins of the song from over three years ago. Listen to the live track + read Hood’s discussion with Rolling Stone on how our current political climate and President have shifted the meaning of “What It Means” since its 2014 origin HERE.

ATO Records will release a limited edition 7″ of “What It Means (Live At Newport Folk Festival(®))”, which is a cut imbued with an urgent energy, taking it’s place among the history of the festival and protest music past. It is paired with a new track: “The Perilous Night”, written by Patterson Hood in the wake of the Charlottesville protests, and recorded with David Barbe in Athens, GA. Portions of the 7″‘s sale will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center; you can pre-order it HERE.

Drive-By Truckers are finishing out 2017 with a limited run of fall tour dates including Lexington, Denver and two nights at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse this weekend. All upcoming shows are listed below.


9/29 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

9/30 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

10/3 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall

10/4 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

10/5 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall

10/6 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre

10/7 – Arrington, VA – The Festy Experience at Infinity Downs Farm

10/8 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage at The Clay Center

10/13 – Denver, CO – Whisky X at Colorado Air & Space Museum

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