Drive-By Truckers' 'The Unraveling' Is Inspired By The State Of The World : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN The last time the Drive-By Truckers visited World Cafe, it was the day of the 2016 election. Since then, the band's already politically-minded Southern rock has only gotten more urgent, more biting and more poignant.
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Drive-By Truckers On World Cafe

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Drive-By Truckers' 'The Unraveling' Is Inspired By The State Of The World

Drive-By Truckers' 'The Unraveling' Is Inspired By The State Of The World

Drive-By Truckers On World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Armageddon's Back in Town"
  • "Rosemary with a Bible and a Gun"
  • "Grievance Merchants"
  • "Awaiting Resurrection"

The last time the Drive-By Truckers visited World Cafe, it was the day of the 2016 election. Since then, the band's already politically-minded Southern rock has only gotten more urgent, more biting and more poignant.

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are the two primary singers and songwriters; they're both originally from Alabama, but Patterson now lives in Portland, Ore. They came back to World Cafe, along with the rest of the Truckers this past February to play songs from their latest album, The Unraveling. In this session, you'll hear that performance as well as my conversation with the band about how the record was inspired by the state of the world right now. If you'd like a hint about the answer, the band kicks off the session with the song "Armageddon's Back In Town."

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