The much beloved Drive-By Truckers played, and packed, Akron's Musica for the first time ever last night. "Good to be back!" they noted (we suspect they were referring to their surprise gig at the Beachland Tavern this summer, which stretched on late into the night).
It was clear from the start that the band's sophisticated blend of alt-country and classic and southern rocks was made for a small venue like Musica.
And as much fun as it was to watch brand after brand successively erased from the venue's chalkboard list of available beers for the night, it was more fun watching what unspooled onstage.
This isn't typically shit-kicking, rabble-rousing rawk the Truckers play. You can almost call it a thinking-person's music, but it's really more of a case of the kind of magic that happens when talented, instinctual musicians can't explain exactly what they're after but clearly don't stop working at it until they get it right.
After slow-boiling with newer material for much of the opening set to fantastic effect, the Truckers effortlessly shifted gears and went deeper with fire-and-brimstone numbers from their vast catalog.
In other words, par for the course for this great band. —Matthew Wilkening
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