Thirteen yeahs on the Drive-By Truckers

(at the Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, North Carolina, February 25, 2010)

Amps to 11? Yeah.

Open bottle of Jack on stage? Yeah.

Guitar player with a cigarette dangling from his lips? Yeah.

Other guitar player doing solos on his knees? Yeah.

Third guitar player doubling on pedal steel? Yeah.

All three guitar players doing the same lick like Skynyrd used to do? Yeah.

A song that name-checks Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special and Bon Scott? Yeah.

A song called “Uncle Frank” that might as well be literature? Yeah.

A new song about the Flying Wallendas? Yeah.

A bunch of songs about the salvation power of rock ‘n’ roll? Yeah.

A cover of Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love”? Yeah.

A club that smelled like beer and sweat and sex and love and exhaustion after two hours of glory? Yeah.

A great American band?

Hell yeah.

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