Utepils Brewing & SMA present Live at Utepils featuring Drive-By Truckers with special guest Lydia Loveless on Wednesday, July 20!
Tickets are on sale now!
GA: $30 (Standing Room Only)
VIP: $100 (SOLD OUT) | VIP tickets offer premium sight lines from house right, access to a VIP-only bar, VIP lounge area with first-come seating and two complimentary drink tickets.
*Children 2 and under are free with a paid adult.*
About Drive-By Truckers
DBT is finally back on the road after nearly two years of the pandemic lockdown. The band has built its wildly dedicated fanbase through electric live shows, more than two decades of near constant touring and its special brand of politically-minded Southern rock with urgent and poignant themes. The band had just releasted its 12th studio album in January 2020 when the pandemic hit; The Unraveling was mostly recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillips Recording Service – nine new songs detailing the horrific state of MAGA America in songs that addressed white supremacy, school shootings and the opioid crisis.
Throughout lockdown, DBT played numerous virtual live shows, and wrote new songs that they combined with some tracks previously recorded in Memphis. They released The New OK, which is made up of nine songs and picks up where The Unraveling left off, continuing the themes of an unraveling country, but also breaking away on a more personal front. DBT’s 14th studio album, Welcome 2 Club XIII, takes the band in them in even more new directions.
On the title track to Welcome 2 Club XIII, Drive-By Truckers pay homage to the Muscle Shoals honky-tonk where founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley got their start: a concrete-floored dive lit like a disco, with the nightly promise of penny beer and truly dubious cover bands. “There were no cool bars in town and Club XIII was the best we had – but it wasn’t all that good, and our band wasn’t particularly liked there,” says Hood, referring to the vocalist/guitarists’ former band Adam’s House Cat. “From time to time the owner would throw us a Wednesday night or let us open for a hair-metal band we were a terrible fit for, and everyone would hang out outside until we were done playing. It wasn’t very funny at the time, but it’s funny to us now.” The 14th studio album from Drive-By Truckers – whose lineup also includes keyboardist/guitarist Jay Gonzalez, bassist Matt Patton, and drummer Brad Morgan – Welcome 2 Club XIII looks back on their formative years with both deadpan pragmatism and profound tenderness, instilling each song with the kind of lived-in detail that invites bittersweet reminiscence of your own misspent youth.
Lydia Loveless is an Ohio-bred singer-songwriter with five full-length records and numerous B-sides and singles under her purview. The unmistakable voice, an incisive way with melody, and an unrelenting willingness to cast the fire stone inward are all hallmarks of Loveless’s songs. Her vocals meld between commanding and brash to delicate and introspective and subject matter entertains everything from broken hearts to messy dreams. Writing straight from the heartleand, her brand of rock ranges from classic to alt-country to punk – a genre hard to nail down.
Her breakout release, Somewhere Else (2014) was followed by the critically acclaimed Real (2016). The albums were embraced by critics and listeners alike, with her fanbase growing to even inlcude some of Loveless’ heroes like Lucinda Williams and Jason Isbell.
In the wake of the pandemic Loveless made the most of her time performing online shows, writing and recording a record and starting her own record lable, Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late Records. She released her digital single “You’re Leaving Me” b/w “Let’s Make Out” (2021) which had the Chicago Reader saying: “Her ace songwriting remind(s) listeners that she’s more than a singer. As the world beings to unthaw she’s taking 2022 to finally get back to live performances and being work on her next album.
About Live at Utepils
Drive-By Truckers is the second show in a new joint music series, LIVE at Utepils, which offers live music fans an amazing outdoor concert experience, nestled on the banks of Bassett Creek right between Downtown Minneapolis and Theodore Wirth Parkway.