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Nitefall on the River: Drive-By Truckers

  • Simon Estes Amphitheater
  • Address: 75 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • June 14, 2017
  • Doors 6pm; Show 7pm
  • Price: $25 (All Ages)

With Pokey Lafarge!

Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition & social conscience. Founded in 1996 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley & Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly but with AMERICAN BAND, they have made the most explicitly political album in their extraordinary canon. A powerful & legitimately provocative work, hard edged & finely honed, the album is the sound of a truly American Band – a Southern American band – speaking on matters that matter. DBT made the choice to direct the Way We Live Now head on, employing realism rather than subtext or symbolism to purge its makers’ own anger, discontent & frustration with societal disintegration & the urban/rural divide that has partitioned the country for close to a half-century. Master songwriters both, Hood & Cooley wisely avoid overt polemics to explore such pressing issues as race, income inequality, the NRA, deregulation, police brutality, Islamophobia, and the plague of suicides and opioid abuse. As a result, songs like "What It Means" and the tub-thumping "Kinky Hypocrites" are intensely human music from a rock ‘n’ roll band yearning for community & collective action. Fueled by a just spirit of moral indignation and righteous rage, AMERICAN BAND is protest music fit for the stadiums, designed to raise issues and ire as the nation careens towards its most momentous election in a generation.

Tickets on sale at http://www.nitefalldsm.com.

Nitefall on the River: Drive-By Truckers