Watch: Drive-By Truckers' 'American Band,' Performed In Its Entirety Filmed live at OPB in Portland, Ore., the long-running rock group tackles social and political issues with firebrand zeal. Watch Drive-By Truckers perform American Band in its entirety.
VuHaus

Front Row

First Listen Live: Drive-By Truckers, 'American Band' opbmusic.org

In this concert, filmed at OPB in Portland, Ore., the long-running rock band Drive-By Truckers performs its timely and politically charged new record, American Band, in its entirety.

Over the course of a set that includes all 11 of the record's songs, the group tackles social and political issues with firebrand zeal. Racism, immigration, gun violence, hate symbols and censorship all get their turn in the crosshairs of the band, fronted by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. But the record isn't driven by unfocused anger: It's a poignant take on what it means to be an American in a time when uncertainty and fear are omnipresent. As Hood says, he hopes to "turn on that light in the basement and see what's scampering so we can figure out what we're dealing with."

Watch the full concert via VuHaus and listen to an interview with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley at opbmusic.

Drive-By Truckers is on tour now.

Set List

  • "Ramon Casiano"
  • "Darkened Flags On The Cusp Of Dawn"
  • "Surrender Under Protest"
  • "Guns Of Umpqua"
  • "Filthy And Fried"
  • "Sun Don't Shine"
  • "Kinky Hypocrite"
  • "Ever South"
  • "What It Means"
  • "Once They Banned Imagine"
  • "Baggage"

Credits

Audio Recording & Mix: Steven Kray, David Barbe; Lighting Design: Matt Rosvold; Scenery: Joseph Paulekas; Editor: Jarratt Taylor; Videographers: Sam Smith, Nate Sjol, Jarratt Taylor, Andrew Barrick; Executive Producer: David Christensen; Senior Vice-President/Content: Morgan Holm.

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

Aaron Lee Tasjan performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 12, 2018 (Cameron Pollack/NPR). Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Cameron Pollack/NPR

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Aaron Lee Tasjan arrived in an ascot and mustard-colored shirt, sporting red, round sunglasses and mutton chops. It was a fashionable nod to the psych-pop and rock sound he brought to the Tiny Desk.

Pedro the Lion performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 13, 2018 (Claire harbage/NPR). Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR

Pedro The Lion

No matter how dark or disastrous, there's always been an undercurrent of grace to the music of David Bazan. He returns to his Pedro the Lion moniker for this memorable Tiny Desk performance.

Natalie Prass performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Natalie Prass On Mountain Stage

Natalie Prass brought crisp vocals and an unassailable backing band for a set featuring songs from her second album, The Future And The Past.

Natalie Prass On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/658199548/658214496" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 4, 2018 (John Poole/NPR). John Poole/NPR hide caption

toggle caption John Poole/NPR

Hobo Johnson

While this Sacramento, Calif. band didn't win this year's Tiny Desk contest, their video entry, for the song "Peach Scones," was among the more memorable we've ever seen.

Kalbells performs a Tiny Desk Concert on June 28, 2018 (Samantha Clark/NPR). Samantha Clark/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Samantha Clark/NPR

Kalbells

The band makes life-affirming music that singer Kalmia Traver created over the past few years, filled with the triumph of being cancer free.

Camp Cope performs a Tiny Desk Concert on July 18, 2018 (Eslah Attar/NPR). Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Eslah Attar/NPR

Camp Cope

The Australian band uses tiny moments of introspection to illuminate life's bewildering, terrifying, isolating aspects — especially as they apply to women.

Back To Top