Drive-By Truckers perform at Tampa Theatre

The Athens-based alternative country band just released its 10th album

May 29, 2014 

Drive By Truckers will perform Tuesday at Tampa Theatre. PUBLICITY PHOTO

Drive-By Truckers are one of those bands who have kept going, and kept making quality music, even with a revolving-door membership and the departure of several high-profile people. Over the past 18 years, the Truckers have had some 20 members, and Jason Isbell, Anne Richmond Boston and Spooner Oldham have all joined and left.

Founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are still fronting the band, though, and they've shaped the band's direction from the beginning.

Hood, Cooley and the other three current members of the stalwart Athens band will be at Tampa Theatre on Tuesday.

They're usually called an alternative country band, but they're stylistically diverse, with folk, rock and country influences in their songs. There's a Southern flavor to everything they do, but seldom a country twang.

They've recently released their 10th studio album, "English Oceans." It's been a huge hit both in the United States and in England, where it reached the top of the Rock and Metal Albums chart. It's a bit of a departure from previous Truckers albums in that Cooley handled a lot more of the songwriting duties. That's traditionally been Patterson's department.

Details: 7:30 p.m. June 3, Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Tickets: $29-$35 at the box office, $31-$37. Information: 813-274-8981, tampatheatre.org.

-- Marty Clear

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